The Spinone Italiano's Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: Italy Original purpose: hunting Name: Derived from pino which is an Italian thorn bush. Only the Spinone Italiano could get through it to pursue its smaller game; also known as Italian Spinone, Italian Wire-haired Pointer, Italian Coarsehaired Pointer, and Italian Griffon. Historical notes: Spinone Italiano dogs date back to 500 BC. Their lineage is so old that there are many opinions as to their ancestry and descendants all over Europe. There was a point after the Second World War that they became nearly extinct. Most breeders had to resort to cross-breeding them with other wire-haired breeds such as the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.