Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolo At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (FSS: Sporting); ANKC (Gundogs); FCI (Water Dogs); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog)


Medium. Weight: Males 28.5–35.5 lbs; Females 24–31 lbs Height: Males 17–19 inches; Females 16–18 inches


Dense and curly.


Brown, Brown Roan, Off-White, Orange, White with Brown Patches, White with Orange patches; Brown mask acceptable

Life Span:

14 to 16 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

The Lagotto Romagnolo is the only dog bred specifically to find truffles.

Lagotto Romagnolo Overview

The curly coated dogs of the water have been around Italy for a long time. They hunted and worked around the marshes of Romangna, giving them the name Lagotto Romagnolo, or “duck dog”. As water hunting decreased in popularity, the dogs were instead used to hunt truffles with their delicate noses.


Lagotto Romagnolo Characteristics

The Lagotto resembles many of the other water dogs that sprouted up throughout western Europe. He could easily be mistaken for a Portuguese Water Dog with his similar curly coat and coat colorations. However, the Lagotto is much smaller than the Portuguese, making him excellent both indoors and out. The Lagotto is also slightly more calm and sociable, making him a great companion pet.


Lagotto Romagnolo Temperament

While active, the Lagotto is still a sweet, affectionate and loyal dog. He loves people of all ages, and his easygoing and friendly nature makes him a good companion, even to kids. The Lagotto is also very intelligent, making him easy to train and socialize with a variety of people, pets and objects.

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Lagotto Romagnolo Care

The average lifespan of the Lagotto is 14 to16 years, slightly above average for dogs his size. The only noted breed health concern is hip dysplasia. Careful selection of parents, preventive screening and proper veterinary care can help decrease the incidence of this disease.


Lagotto Romagnolo Coat

The non shedding coat of the Lagotto is great for people with allergies, however it needs careful brushing to prevent the curls from matting. The hair will also grow continuously, similar to a Poodle, requiring grooming or clipping to keep it maintained.


Lagotto Romagnolo Training

His easy going nature and intelligent disposition makes the Lagotto naturally inclined to being a quick learner. He will easily pick up whatever his owner asks of him, and is eager to please. Positive, gentle reinforcement and much praise will make the Lagotto happy to do almost any task.


Lagotto Romagnolo Activity

Plenty of exercise is needed to keep the Lagotto happy. Long hikes and walks, or even fun water-based activities will help keep him busy both physically and mentally. He may also do well in agility, or truffle hunting trials, keeping him happy and sound.

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