I am a breeder of Spinone Italiano dogs. My puppies' parents come from Championship lines. My focus is to breed for sweet temperament and good health. The puppies are raised in my home from the day they are born to the day they leave for your home. Hips / Eyes / Elbows have been tested in the parents. No Spinone in either background are from the known CA, SAS, or epilepsy lines. All lines are from Italy and are from breeders who hunt their Spinone. Some of my puppies are active hunting in the field - and several others have become licensed therapy dogs, or service dogs. ........................................................................................................................................................................................ ......................................................................................................... ........................................................................................ Reservations are being taken for litters in 2022. Do please contact me if you are interested in getting a puppy in the near future. All my puppies will make superb pets, therapy and companion dogs and/or wonderful hunting companions. PLEASE EMAIL ME DIRECTLY at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Submitted by: The Moore family on Nov 09, 2020
We got out first Spinone puppy, Arlo, from Maria back in March and he is now 9 months old. We could not have imagined a better dog. Arlo is smart, sweet, loving, comical and loyal. He is absolutely perfect! Whenever we have him out for walks people always take time to ask about him, where we got him, and tell us how beautiful he is. People often even stop in their cars to compliment him! Maria was incredible to work with. She sent us lots of updates, before and after the puppies were born, and it was clear to us that she is incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated to the breed. She also has a great sense of humour which she seems to pass along to her puppies. We cannot thank Maria enough for providing us with such a perfect family member.
Submitted by: Cynthia Baker Burns on Jun 13, 2020
Maria Holt has extraordinary dogs. We have had 2 other Spinoni from 2 other breeders many years ago and before them we had Hungarian sheepdogs and Bearded Collies. Maria is by far the best breeder we have encountered. informed Once you have a Spinone there is no going back and once you have a Pook’s Rise pup you will go no where else. Maria is passionate about her dogs and cares for them accordingly. We have never met a breeder who is more thoughtful, informative and enthusiastic about her dogs.
These are highly intelligent, biddable, loving, creatures with a humorous stubborn streak. They are also tireless workers if you are in the field. Ours is definitely a family dog but still tries to impressive us with her “pointing “ skills.
Maria is thoroughly engaged with her pups and their prospective owners. She helps you every step of the way if needed and knows more about these dogs than most vets ever will. Listen to her.
I give Maria Holt a 5 on every count.
And I give her dogs the same.
Submitted by: Judith Roman on Jan 27, 2020
I came upon Gun Dog Breeders not knowing much about where to find our first Spinone Italiano. Pooks Rise Spinone caught my attention immediately. We had not had a puppy in 25 years. My first conversation with Maria was lengthy. She was willing to share her thoughts and experience without hesitation. She made us feel very comfortable and more confident in our decision. We are now the proud and enthusiastic owners of a health, well-built, handsome guy, the offspring of Lou Lou and Henry. Our pup is now almost 8 months old and is loved by all! Maria is great. One hundred percent dedicated and passionate about raising and placing her pups. Always available and willing to impart her knowledge and recommendations. The tips she provided well in advance covered more than we would have thought to consider. Direction on food, sleeping, training, socialization, traveling and so much more, made for a smooth transition and much preparedness. I would not hesitate recommending Maria. She is simply the best!
Submitted by: Kevin Hunt on Jan 21, 2020
We have nothing but praise for Maria Holt and her hairy Italian housemates. Her informative emails arrive periodically in advance of whelping and prepare you for your new puppy, and then continue as the pups come home. She cuts through all of the internet puppy-industrial complex noise and gives you information that is both factually accurate and actually works with Spinoni - including her incredible puppy-that-sleeps-through-the-night technique (which worked on our pup's 2nd night).
Friends and colleagues (and our Vet) with pups of other breeds from other breeders consistently have been impressed with everything Maria sent that we've shared with them.
Of course all of this is a bonus to our healthy, well-mannered puppy who has impressed in early obedience and NAVHDA Natural Ability training. "That's his first time tracking a pheasant? Wow." Or, "He's only 10 months old? He's so well-behaved! Wow!"
We're delighted to recommend Maria as a breeder if you're looking for a slightly drool-y walking mop muppet luck dragon who will gladly sniff out a bird for you while giving you skeptical side-eye with whom to share your life and home. We were, and we couldn't be happier.
Submitted by: Suzanne McConnell on Jan 15, 2020
Our first visit with Maria and her "hairy Italians" was on a summer day, and our 7 hour round trip car ride was well worth it. She and they are fantastic! They are all very sweet, and we now have an India Jane /Henry pup...and we loved Lou-Lou too... she could sell ice to eskimos! Maria has a vast knowledge of the breed and is always helpful, and also has the best sense of humor. Mabel is super smart and couldn't be more loved by us.
Submitted by: Diana M on Jan 13, 2020
Maria started communication to prepare us prior to the whelping of our pup. She wanted to share her knowledge as her concern for her babies goes far beyond the 8 weeks. I have reached out to her on several occasions and have always received a response. Her knowledge of the breed has been spot on and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a puppy. She has a witty personality and her emails are informative and entertaining. It’s evident she wants all her owners to succeed and enjoy the breed as much as she does.
Submitted by: Peter H on Jan 11, 2020
Maria is incredibly knowledgeable, providing tons of information about the breed and raising puppies in general. An excellent communicator, Maria is always a phone call or quick email away. We visited the Pook's Rise homestead twice; once during a reunion gathering with many of her happy clients and again to pick up our pup. It is evident that the dogs are loved, well cared for, and expertly raised. Maria's dogs are her top priority, even after they have gone to their forever homes. Our Willa was born in June and is a calm, gentle, loving dog. She is sweet with our young daughter and absolutely loves meeting new people and playing with other dogs. We've had several people who grew up in Italy exclaim, "A Spinone! I haven't seen one in ages!"
Submitted by: Allison Cooper and Aaron Kitch on Jan 11, 2020
My family is the lucky recipient of an affectionate, smart, and beautiful Pook's Rise Spinone pup, Juno, who was born in the spring of 2019. When I first called Maria to inquire about her breeding program, she spent nearly an hour on the phone with me discussing the characteristics of the Spinone breed, my own family's previous experience with dogs, and what we might expect if we were to bring home a Spinone. Maria's knowledge, sense of humor, and obvious passion for her dogs won me over instantly: I knew we had found our breeder! What I didn't realize was just how much we were getting when we decided to work with Maria. From weekly emails full of useful information about what to expect when you are expecting a Spinone, to puppy parties and on-call advice and help, Maria is more than you might ever hope to find in a typical breeder. I understand why so many of her pup owners return to her when they're ready to add another Spinone to their family. As far as Maria's puppies go, they are just wonderful. Juno is now a seven-month old who has stolen the hearts of everybody in the family and the neighborhood, especially our previously dog-shy eight-year-old twins. She's a healthy, happy, and rambunctious extrovert who loves socializing with every dog and human that she meets, and this despite the fact that she was one of the smallest and most timid puppies in her litter of eight. She's got boundless energy outdoors but is also happy to sleep and laze about inside. She's everything we had hoped for when we decided to acquire a Spinone, and we have Maria and her excellent breeding program to thank.
Submitted by: Heather & Scott on Feb 11, 2019
We had never owned a dog before getting our Spinone pup from Maria. She was so helpful, from recommending puppy parenting books to emailing us step-by-step guides to raising our Spinone. I cannot recommend Maria and her dogs enough. Her love for the breed and for the puppies she sells is clear. She's always available to give advice and hosts visits when we're out in the Berkshires. Having a true expert to lean on when raising your first puppy is priceless.
Not only that but since getting our puppy, we've met a few other Spinoni in our area. Our puppy from Maria is much stronger and looks healthier than many others we've come across from other breeders.
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Submitted by: Evans Scala on Feb 10, 2019
Stop your research. This is the best spinone breeder you can find! Maria has the most beautiful Spinoni you can find. She is attentive and helpful; always available to offer great dog owner and spinone advice. She’s protective of the puppies and thoughtful in how she places them. An important sign: Maria’s dogs live in her Berkshire home which makes them both well trained, loving and socialized: a key value of hers.
Because Maria has had many litters over the years (she has several champion lineage parents) her operation is run efficiently, effectively and with great care. Oh and while not a requirement in breeders, Maria is a fantastic cook and hostess with wit. A huge bonus.