Quattro Zampe - Iowa Spinone Italiano Breeders

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About Quattro Zampe
The Spinone is a very methodical versatile hunting dog.� They are known for their close working nature in the field with an awesome nose.� They are friendly, loyal, intelligent and are great companions.� I breed for dogs that abide by the breed standard with the hunting talents they were�meant to have.
Quattro Zampe Kennels has received an AKC Breeder of Merit distinction.
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Spinone Italiano
Additional Services
Stud Services, Boarding
Breeder Contact Info
1706 Clark St.
Charles City, Iowa 50616
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 20 years.
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Testimonials (15) You are viewing the 10 most recent - View all reviews for Quattro Zampe
Submitted by: Deborah Duffy on Mar 09, 2020
I have a 20-month old Spinone Italiano from Teri. This is my first Spinone and I did a lot of research on the breed and breeders. I could not be happier with my choice. Sophia scored Prize Class 1 on the NAVHDA Natural Abilities test which I was thrilled about since I was as much a rookie going into the training as she was. We are currently preparing for the Canine Good Citizen test. Teri is always available when I have questions about grooming, training, or anything else that baffles me. Sophia is a sweet, friendly, smart, good natured young dog-everything I hoped for in the breed. I highly recommend Teri if you are considering this breed.
Submitted by: Gwen Mommsen on Feb 18, 2020
About 6 years ago we were fortunate enough to have been able to rescue two Spinone Italiano ages, 8 and 10. Mia (Quattro Zampe Sarvi) will be 16 on May 21st and still enjoys long daily walks and lying in the sun for hours regardless of the temperature. We are not hunters, but understand Mia was an excellent hunter in her day. She is a sweetie. When we lost Eddie in 2018, we learned that Teri had a litter on 6/28/18 and one was still available. So we got Vinny (Quattro Zampe Vizianello. Vinny LOVES to play. He has a great nose and is a deep thinker and an exceptional tracker. Teri has been great. She is always there to answer our questions and concerns and offer sound advise. We would definitely go to her if we were looking for another puppy.
Submitted by: Susan Sohn on Jan 08, 2017
After researching this unique breed for many years and patiently waiting for a available puppy I am so pleased we were able to get one from Teri at Quattro Zampe. She was highly recommended and I can see why. Our now 7 month old puppy has been grouse hunting and did excellent, she will be starting her manners class and then on to her CGC. She has exceeded all my expectations. Teri's choice in breeding is impressive and her experience with the breed really shows with her puppies. I would highly recommend this kennel no matter how long the wait, I wouldn't consider another breeder,
She has been very helpful thru the entire process of having a puppy.
Submitted by: Bruce and Bekka MacKenzie on Nov 24, 2016
We were looking for a versatile hunting dog that would be a good companion for us in retirement and most importantly good with our small grandchildren. Our son had researched breeds for his daughters and suggested that a Spinone would meet our needs. The literature we read on the breed led us to look for a reputable breeder and we found Teri Turner of Quattro Zampe.

Teri could not have been more helpful. She allowed us to come down and meet her dogs and we signed up for one of her next litters. In September of 2015, Brigida arrived and she came home with us in November. Teri has always been available to answer our questions and provide us with helpful tips for caring for Brigida. We could not be more pleased. Brigida is everything the literature about the breed suggests. She is a wonderful companion, gentle and patient with children, smart and easy to train, has a distinctive sense of humor and is a great house pet.

Unfortunately we signed up to late to have her complete a NAVHDA Natural Ability test but we have no doubt she is a natural hunter. In the field she has shown excellent tracking and retrieving instincts and in training pointed and retrieved without any hesitation or gun shyness. She responds well to field commands and is a steady worker always keeping in sight and quartering the field well.

We are looking forward to our years with Brigida and glad to have found such a great hunter and companion.
Submitted by: Skip Saviano on Jun 06, 2016
Prior to investing in a hunting dog and companion, I researched various Breeders and purchased my male Spinone from Teri with Quattro-Zampe. I was very pleased with this breeder through every step of the process. She was in contact with me throughout the entire time with updates and pictures. I truly believe Luca is of top quality. He is just short of a year old and is highly intelligent and good natured. I am looking forward to many memorable years watching Luca grow and learn to hunt. Thank you Teri.
Submitted by: Bill Libbey on Dec 30, 2014
After researching the breed we contacted Teri in the spring of 2014 to inquire about a pup and were immediately impressed with her knowledge and willingness to answer all of our questions. We took the 3 hour trip to visit the pups in May and our daughter immediately bonded with one of her brown roan females. 4 weeks later we came home with Ziti. She has been a great addition to the family and seems to have a great hunting instinct.

We hope to hunt with Ziti and eventually train her to be a therapy dog. Everyone who meets her comments on her calm demeanor and her cute fuzzy face. Teri has been very quick to respond whenever we have had a question or needed any advice.

We are very happy we chose Quattro Zampe!

Submitted by: Sue Smith on Oct 02, 2014
In 2004 we lost our wonderful yellow lab, Jake, to lung cancer. We knew we wanted a dog with a similar disposition and after much research decided upon a spinone. We were lucky enough to find Teri and Quattro Zampe Spinone after many calls and referrals from other breeders. Teri had a litter and there were two males available. My husband flew out to Iowa (we live in Massachusetts) and brought Gus, an orange roan, home. We fell instantly in love with him and the breed. He had the best temperament, totally goofy at times and sweet and loving always. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 9 last year. It wasn't long before we knew that while we could never replace him, we wanted another spinone in the house. Once again, we were lucky enough to find that Teri had a litter coming up. And once again, my husband flew out to bring Harry, a brown roan, home. He is 6 months old now and has filled our home with so much joy. Harry is so sweet, attentive and smart as can be.
Teri is an exceptional breeder. She truly loves her dogs and is always there for you. She has blessed us with two of the most wonderful companions ever and I can not thank her enough.
Submitted by: Cathy Green on Sep 27, 2014
After loosing our Golden, we were looking for another family pet with great personality, soft mouth, eager to please, trainable, large, and wanting a reciprocal relationship. Our vet has a Quattro Zampe dog in their day care. We met that family, talked about the breed and breeder. In contacting Teri we had lots of questions for her, and she had lots for us.

We are 9 hours from Teri's Quattro Zampe kennel but Teri was very generous to invite us to visit three times and take part in socializing the puppies. Teri played noise tapes for the puppies, getting them used to the typical house noises (blenders, vacuums, babies) and outdoor noises (fireworks, gun shots, car alarms). Teri watches each puppy and supplemented feedings where needed. We told her what we were looking for in a family dog and she steered us to the litter mates that were showing those qualities. Home raised with dog siblings, mom, grandmom and auntie.

Finally on our third visit we got to bring our Pirelli home in June. His first weekend home and he was already retrieving the newspaper without a bit of prompting. His first 4th of July and he was unaffected by the fireworks, even going outside to eliminate during the local fireworks grand finale. His first day at day care and the staff complimented us that Pirelli engages in play well with other dogs and enjoys checking back in with the humans for pets. At 3 months he was on point with the neighborhood ducks. At 4 months he was jogging me a quarter-mile carrying a stuffed animal the whole way. At 5 months he was playing at the off-leash dog park.

Will we ever go out without having to explain about his breed? Will our kitchen floor ever again be dry (that beard!)? Will we ever be able to see out of the passenger window of our truck again (he likes to ride shotgun). That's a No to all of those. But we couldn't care a bit. Pirelli will be 6 months next week, so our days together are just starting. Pirelli and his sweet goofiness has wiggled his way right into our family. When his little nubbin of a tail wags, his whole bottom goes and there isn't a person in the vicinity without a smile on their face.

We are really enjoying our little guy (did we say little?! He is 55 pounds at almost 6 months) and the guidance we still get from Teri. We are grateful to have found her Quattro Zampe kennel and our Pirelli.
Submitted by: Scott E. Alger on Dec 22, 2013
We have a wonderful hunting Spinone from Quattro Zampe. Sackett naturally searches, points, and retrieves. Most of all however, she is an outstanding family pet. She turns her hunting desire on and off, making her a dream dog. We couldn't be happier with all of our interactions with Teri. And after 5 years, we remain thrilled with our four-legged friend.
Submitted by: Julie Dunn on Jan 29, 2013
I currently own a spinone that we purchased through Teri Turner and Quattro Zampe kennels. "Rosi" will be two years old this spring...we brought her home as a 9 week old puppy last summer, and she quickly became a much loved member of our family. I had been intrigued by the breed for many years, done some research, and attended several dog shows to make contact with local breeders. My interest in Spinone is as a family companion, hunting companion, conformation, and possibly breeding in the future. Teri's breeding program meets all these requirements. She is interested in producing dogs that are true to type and function, offering advice and mentoring to families that receive her puppies. Having no experience in terms of hunting, Teri provided guidance and support as I worked with Rosi to prepare her for her NAVHDA NA Test. I took advantage of two NAVDHA training days, and a Mock Test before running Rosi at 12 months. Rosi earned a perfect Prize 1 score of 112, and later that summer, two legs of her AKC Junior Hunter. Rosi has amazing natural hunting ability, and is a joy to watch in the field.

Rosi has also excelled in the show ring, earning her first major at the Land O Lakes show this past January, well on her way to her championship. In my experience, after taking a traditional obedience class for gun dogs, and a positive reinforcement class, I find that spinone are a responsive breed, eager to please, and quick learners. They are a "soft" breed that responds well to positive reinforcement, are brilliant in the field, and a wonderful couch potato at home.

I recommend Teri highly as a breeder. She realizes the importance of careful breedings to produce healthy puppies true to form and function, early socialization during the first weeks, and is happy to provide advice and mentoring.
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