Pook's Rise Spinoni - Massachusetts Spinone Italiano Breeders

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About Pook's Rise Spinoni
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. ........................................................................................................................................................................................ ......................................................................................................... ............................................................................... ........... ..... Do please contact me regarding a reservation for a future litter, hopefully expected later this year. All my puppies will make superb pets, therapy and companion dogs and/or wonderful hunting companions. PLEASE EMAIL ME DIRECTLY at: pmariaholt@roadrunner.com .
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Spinone Italiano
Additional Services
Stud Services
Breeder Contact Info
Maria Holt at pmariaholt@roadrunner.com
16 Salisbury Road
Sheffield, Massachusetts 01257
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 11 years.
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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: 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.
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.
Submitted by: Larry Caruso on Feb 10, 2019
I've always had Labrador retrievers. I still duck hunt, but not like before, so we began looking at the Versatile hunting breeds. The more we learned about Spinoni, the more they seemed perfectly suited to our style. We met breeder Maria Holt in July 2017. Very attentive, cares a great deal about her dogs and with whom they are placed. They all live in-house with her and are well cared for; she truly dotes over them.

We picked up our Annie in September 2017 and she is everything we could have hoped for in a versatile gun dog! Spinoni are known for their intelligence, and Annie exhibited a desire to learn right away. Very birdy, she showed an immediate interest in wings and willingly, albeit awkwardly, dragged/carried a duck at about 4 months. Annie has the right amount of confidence one needs in a hunting dog, while remaining extremely biddable, and is capable of figuring situations out on her own when needed.

At 14 months, Annie aced her North American Versatile Hunting Dog (NAVHDA) "Natural Ability" test, earning a perfect score "Prize 1," the highest level attainable. To make us even more proud, the judges were still talking about her when I arrived to volunteer the following day. We could not be more pleased with maria and her wonderful Spinoni!
Submitted by: DAVE BUCZEK on Feb 10, 2019
We picked up our pup in September of 2017 and he has been a welcome member to our family. Maria is in a League of her own in the breeding of Spinones and you will be amazed on how much information she will provide to you. She also sent us many amusing pictures chronologizing each of the puppies. All of this makes the introduction of the pup to your home that much easier. She is always available for questions down the road and after a year and a half we still share stories and pictures of our pup Gunner. He is a head turner where ever we take him. Every challenge we’ve given him he comes out shining including off leash walking, agility training, and the minding of our invisible fence. Of course, he loves to have fun but mostly running in the woods and playing with other dogs.

Submitted by: Marcus Komm on Feb 09, 2019
Maria is amazing. She has given us the gift of our Bodhi - the most beautiful, gentle and kindhearted Spinone. Maria has nothing but love to give for her dogs from the day they are born until well after they have left to be with their respective designated humans. She steadyhandedly provides for them until they can leave the nest (and keeps future owners diligently in touch with that experience), provides counseling and coaching during the pre-adoption and the early puppy stage and is always there for her babies even after they have left her care. Maria has remained one of our Bodhi’s favorite humans and he loves nothing more than reuniting with his original mum and his extended Spinone family.
Submitted by: Gail on Sep 04, 2017
This was our first experience with a Spinone. We have a puppy from Coco and Henry's Spring 2017 litter who has been a great addition to the family. Working with Maria was a pleasure. She made the entire process smooth and seamless. We particularly like the fact that her puppies are raised in her home. Maria is a very knowledgable breeder and eager to share her knowledge, experience, advice, pictures, etc with new owners. We would highly recommend Pook's Rise Spinoni.
Submitted by: Ed Bernald on Jun 22, 2017
Both my wife and I can heartily recommend getting your next puppy from Maria Holt. We were heart-broken and devastated after we lost one of our dogs. We would have traveled anywhere to get the perfect dog. Upon meeting Maria, we knew we wanted our next puppy from her. You can see that she pours her heart, love, experience, insights, and instincts into developing an extraordinary line of beautiful Spinoni. // Being an avid outdoorsman, I wanted a joyful and lively dog who could backpack, hike the high peaks of the Adirondacks, and fish with me. My wife is an artist and preferred a dog with a calm, sweet, loving disposition who would be at ease resting peacefully in her art studio as she worked. And of course, both of us wanted a Spinone who would get along with our 7 year-old cat and our other 4 year-old Spinone. Maria met all our expectations and then some. She was a marvel and pure joy to communicate with. After the litter of puppies was born, Maria sent us regular updates and photos so we could see what was taking place. She also sent us helpful information on how to raise a healthy and well-adjusted puppy after we brought him home. And get this: two weeks before we officially "adopted" our puppy, she even had a puppy party so we could meet our new addition. Best and most important of all, Maria provided us with a puppy who is special and has a wonderful wow factor. Simply put, our experience with Maria and Pook's Rise Spinoni has been absolutely positive and magnificent!
Submitted by: Elisa on Jun 17, 2017
We had always had mixed breed dogs, but after one of our beloved mutts died we decided that we would like to have a puppy, and because we had a young baby, we wanted to have some sense of the personality we would be inviting to join our family. Neither my husband or I are hunters, but during research of other breeds were encouraged consider a Spinoni, as a gentle, trainable family dog (and so cute!). I contacted Maria and felt like we were being welcomed into a family> she was very forthcoming about the breed, and talked about her dogs with love and respect. It was clear that she was interested in making sure that her pups went to a good home as we were interested in working with a good breeder. Maria shared knowledge as the puppies were still with her, and also photos and stories so we felt like we knew our little fellow even before he came home. He has been a wonderful addition to our family, and Maria has encouraged a community among the families who got from the same litter to share photos and advice. Would highly recommend a Spinoni, and would very highly recommend one of Maria's beautiful Spinonis.
Submitted by: P.Emery on Jan 18, 2017
After 30 plus years of giant schnauzers we made the switch to Pook's Rise Spinoni . We did the research, liked what we read and made the move. Whatever Maria said about her puppies were spot on. Lovable, friendly(especially with kids),smart and loyal and great to have around. A very laid back dog. Just what we wanted.
If you are interested in a Spinoni, I have no hesitation in recommending her dogs to you.
You could not ask for a better breeder than Maria.
She will guide you through all aspects of having a spinoni.
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