Winterborn Spinone - Idaho Spinone Italiano Breeders

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About Winterborn Spinone

Dams: Fabrizia (top) & Sofia (bottom)  ~~~  Flash (top & bottom) Hunting in Italy

Winterborn Spinone is located in Northern Idaho. We are a small breeder of Spinone Italiano, and our Spins are part of our family. We are committed to breeding quality Spinone and have chosen our pack from highly respected breeders with champion bloodlines. For more info. please check out our website:

Sofia x Flash 11 Puppies ~ "Fantasy" Litter (Pictured on Day 2)

The Colors of Winterborn

All of our Spinoni have been DNA tested by the AHT (Animal Health Trust in the UK); and are "CA Clear" (Cerebellar Ataxia Clear).  This is a rare genetic disease that kills puppies at a young age. Bloodlines that are "CA Clear" never need to worry about this disease.

Our puppies are sold with full AKC registration. All of our puppies come with puppy shot records, microchip identification, tails docked, dew claws removed, health warranty,  information packet, and a familiar toy. Litter pedigree available on Gun Dog Breeder's (Top tab: Dog Pedigrees, to Spinone Italiano Pedigrees, to Winterborn Spinone). We will help facilitate domestic shipping at your expense.

Please let us know what you envision doing with your Spinone. Since each litter has a limited number of puppies to choose from, we will pre-screen the litter for the best candidates for your needs. From that selection we will give you a choice from that group (as long as they last).
New photos of our puppies in our 2019 Winterborn Spinone Puppies calendar:
Winterborn Spinone videos on YouTube:
Winterborn Otter At One Month:
Winterborn Tessa Loves the Camera:
Winterborn ~ Sprouting Herbs ~ Day 14‪:
Winterborn Progress Report ~ 4 Weeks:
Winterborn "Gunslingers" Litter ~Day 19:
Winterborn Spinone Fantasy Litter ~ Day 21‬:
Winterborn "Elements" Litter ~ Day 17:
Winter At Winterborn ~ Preparing for Extreme Cold:
Winterborn Spinone ~ "The Desserts" Litter ~ Thriving:
Winterborn Spinone ~ Meet the Desserts ~ Day 22:

Winterborn "Italian Cities" Litter, Fun & Games:
Winterborn "Italian Cities" Litter, Days 14 &15:
Winterborn "Italian Cities" Litter, Dinner Time:

Winterborn Flash Playing with Puppies:
Winterborn Presents "Forli" Week 15:
Winterborn "The Borgias" Litter Day 25:
Winterborn "The Borgias"Litter Days 13/14 Walkin' & Talkin':

Winterborn Artist Litter 2014 Highlights from 7th Week:
Winterborn Artist Litter 2014 "Comfy Crates" - 9th Week:
Winterborn Shares Teaching the "Go Potty" Command:
Winterborn Artist Litter 2014 Playtime, Day 27:
Winterborn Artist Litter 2014, Day 21:

When it comes to hunting, the Spinone is an all-terrain hunter with a steady trot, "hunting at a more human pace." When asked, "Does this hunting dog make a good pet?" my answer is, "Absolutely, but most are still hunters at heart so you will need a fenced yard."
Spinone are for people who like to spend time with their dogs.

In the Spinone Italiano breed boys are as sweet, or sweeter, than the girls.

We look forward to hearing from you,
Sherry Durst

Forli ~ Eyes on the Prize ~ Pictured at 15 weeks
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Spinone Italiano
Breeder Contact Info
Sherry Durst
Northern Idaho
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 6 years.
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Testimonials (27) You are viewing the 10 most recent - View all reviews for Winterborn Spinone
Submitted by: Dina Jadallah & Gene Flood on Mar 12, 2020
Sherry Durst and her family deserve all the respect and the highest praise and commendations. I cannot recommend Winterborn Spinone highly enough! Sherry is simply extraordinary - being both an outstanding breeder as well as a wonderful person who is a pleasure to know. Her Winterborn Spinone have exceptional beauty, conformation, and temperaments.
My husband and I waited a long time to get one of Sherry’s puppies. It was worth every minute! We were looking for an easy-going, smart Spinone who would be a family companion and running partner. We got our darling Lucrezia from the Kings and Queens (Emperors and Empresses) litter one week ago and think she’s spectacular!
In our wide search for a reputable breeder, we never came across anyone who came even close to Sherry in terms of knowledge about the breed, quality of loving care for her dogs, and preliminary training work. Anyone who’s watched the Winterborn Spinone YouTube videos can sense the unique rapport, the expert handling and the love in Sherry’s interactions with the puppies. Sherry is informative, conscientious, responsive, helpful and honest. She is an excellent communicator, providing us with extensive training and care resources. She is also vivacious, cheerful, and most importantly, deeply cares about her dogs. Her joie de vivre and expert handling leave an indelible and positive imprint upon the puppies, thereby establishing the best possible foundation for their future.
The proof is in the pudding! We are so impressed with how confident, polite, healthy, happy, smart, and adaptable our Lucrezia is! Before she arrived we had steeled ourselves for the, we thought (based on our past experiences with many dogs), inevitable trials and travails of puppyhood... We need not have worried! She’s a dream puppy!
Sherry taught the puppies to "settle" which proved to be invaluable in producing a puppy that can rest through the normal activity of our family's normal day routine. Lucrezia's calm, curious, and happy temperament is evident when she encounters novel situations, locations, noises, and so forth. She is especially eager to please! She picks up commands in just a couple of repetitions and retains her newly acquired knowledge, recalling the commands from the first attempt the following days. After flying to California, she quickly recovered from the transition and bonded with us almost immediately. She sleeps well in her crate and has great house manners! She goes “potty” on command and has only had two accidents (that were our fault) in the first three days. Since then she has had no accidents, which is remarkable considering she is free to move all over the house – although under close supervision and proactive management on our part. By the end of the first week, she knew how to ask to go out to do her business by walking to the door that leads to the garden.
We are in love with Lucrezia. We're very impressed with her intelligence, her easy-going and gentle attitude, and her playfulness. She’s already a remarkable retriever, returning her tennis ball and toys and even sitting and dropping them when asked! She does not puppy-bite and sits for pets. Lucrezia is affectionate, loves cuddles, chase games, find it games, and being sung to. She is sweeter than pie! We love her orange fuzzy face and ears as well as the orange bullseye on her tail and derriere – especially when she wags it so much it could fall off!
We have Sherry to thank for the invaluable and, in our experience, unprecedented efforts that she and her loving family put into pre-training the puppies to set them up for success.
Submitted by: Joe Sloan on Jan 23, 2019
We picked up Willie (from the Jewels litter) on Jan. 5th. Sherry was a complete professional throughout the entire puppy buying process. She proactively communicates, provides extensive training resources and is very knowledgeable about Spinones. She takes great care to deliver a healthy and well socialized puppy. We couldn't be happier with our choice!
Submitted by: Jay Arana on Jan 13, 2019
Exceptional experience from start to finish. Sherry has a firm grasp on every detai of the process starting with the questionnaire to fit you with the right puppy. Excellent communication throughout the process with lots of videos of the pups, information packets, training resources etc. These are beautiful dogs as well as pre-trained (housebroken and basic commands) and very smart for such a young age. Careful selection of bloodline has paid off and Winterborn provides you with the ideal Spin. This is our second Spinone and Luca is a wonderful addition to our family. I would highly recommend using Winterborn if you are a lover of this special breed.
Submitted by: Leah Bray on Jan 05, 2019
Sherry is an amazing breeder, and we couldn't be happier with our Spinone Italiano puppy from the Jewels litter. Freya is a wonderful puppy. We picked her up at 8 weeks old, and we have had her about a week. She was already socialized enough that she bonded with my husband and I very quickly. The pre-potty training work done at Winterborn is excellent, Freya preferred to go potty outside right when we got her, and she has had very few accidents. She is learning how to tell us that she needs to go outside. The crate training work done at Winterborn is also excellent. Freya was sleeping in her crate without issue right from the get-go. She is healthy, strong and has a lovely temperament. We are very pleased with our choice to purchase a puppy from Sherry at Winterborn Spinone.
Submitted by: Amanda Garrett on Jan 01, 2019
I could write a book about this breeder. Sherry and family are absolutely the best breeder we could hope for. The puppies received 24 hour love and training inside their home. Our puppy knows simple commands, has had only one potty accident in the house (completely our fault) and has polite manners. We are not hunters, but big lovers of dogs of any kind. We typically rescue adult dogs, but decided to contact WInterborn after an encounter with a Spinone at Home Depot. He even knew his name when we got him. The pups are raised around household noises and music and singing, but in such a fun, professional manner. They can not help but be sweet, well adjusted puppies. Belushi is very gentle and loving, and became attached within 30 minutes of meeting us. One last note: the communication was consistent and thorough from the day we found out the due date. We even got ultra sound photos! Thanks to the entire WInterborn crew, especially Sherry!
Submitted by: Christina on Dec 08, 2018
We picked up Otter in October of 2018. Sherry provided a tremendous amount of information from the time we first reached out, to when he was born, to when we picked him and beyond. Otter was a complete trooper through three airports. Once we had him home, the work Sherry and her family puts into their puppies was obvious. He was well adjusted, settled right into his crate and was quickly doing all his business outside. Couldn't be happier with our new pup and experience with Winterborn.
Submitted by: Jordana & George Hale on Nov 14, 2017
I'm not sure where to start. I was just inquiring about the available "orange girl" Spinone pup one day and then picking the precious pup up one week later from the airport. Sherry was simply amazing to work with, making this transition as easy as possible for all involved. The information she provided throughout the process was invaluable and it was obvious that she absolutely loves this amazing breed. And by the way, our sweet pup is incredible. Tessa is absolutely beautiful and she has personality plus! She is smart and totally "birdie". We are planning to use her to hunt and from what we see so far, we think she is a true natural. We could not be more pleased with our new addition, and we HIGHLY recommend Winterborn breeders if you are considering an Italian Spinone.
Submitted by: Allison Gosnell on Sep 14, 2017
Starting my search for a breeder for a Spinone, I was very lucky to find Sherry's Winterborn Spinone early on. Right away I had a good feeling about them from their detailed website and numerous youtube videos showcasing smart, beautiful spins. From start to finish Sherry was fantastic and great to work with. We ended up waiting a year for our puppy, as we had our hearts set on a brown roan boy. Sherry sent loads of pictures and video updates through it all, as well as numerous phone conversations with updates on our puppy (and even was willing and happy to continue phone conversations into ownership).
After bringing our beautiful Spinone puppy Luca home, it is evident all the time and effort that Sherry and her team put into their dogs and breeding program. Just from handling him initially he is at ease with pressure on his paws, looking in his ears and mouth, etc. It is obvious he was raised in a very loving home at Winterborn. Not to mention Luca is basically already potty trained! From the moment we got him he was happy to sleep in his crate too, which is wonderful.
What a great breed! So happy to have found the Spinone breed, and to have such a wonderful introduction to them through our amazing breeder and team at Winterborn. We are extremely happy with our choice of Winterborn Spinone and would choose them again in a heartbeat (And plan to in the coming years for #2)! Luca is very sweet, friendly, and SO smart. He is more than we ever dreamed of. Thank you for our amazing puppy. I can't express enough how appreciative I am for the time and effort put into ensuring that we got a healthy, beautiful, and perfect new member of our family.
Allison & Brett (and Luca!)
Submitted by: Polly on Sep 13, 2017
Sherry at Winterborn is a passionate & professional dog breeder. You can tell she loves what she does, adores this breed and each and every puppy. She was patient and kind with all of my questions and concerns. She handled the logistics of flying our puppy all the way across the country to us. We picked up the sweetest, most cuddly, loving puppy anyone could ever ask for. She was already well on her way to being housebroken and is already quite well socialized. I cannot recommend Sherry and Winterborn highly enough!
Submitted by: JESS WILLIAMS on Sep 11, 2017
Sherry at Winterborn has been absolutely wonderful to deal with. I did extensive research on breeders and I do not regret my decision to go with her. She put a lot of work into matching us to our puppy and she was spot on. She is not your average breeder she puts all her efforts into these wonderful dogs and it shows. I can't say enough good things about her and the dogs they have. Top notch.
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