The Lagotto Romagnolo!

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a small to medium sized dog characterized by its well proportioned body that is covered by a thick, dense, profusely curly coat. The coat originally protected the cuddly canine from thorny shrubs and bushes when it worked as a hunter of truffles. This early occupation earned him the moniker “Truffle Dog”. Their ears are triangular in shape with oddly rounded tips and they have big and round eyes that make them more appealing as they resemble teddy bears.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
15-17 years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Apartment is fine but dog needs to be kept active throughout day.


Exercise Needs:
Several daily walks or sustained yard play.

Breed Group:


14-19 inches

24-35 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Off-white, brown, and orange. Brown masks are common.

National breed club:
Lagotto Romagnolo Club of Great Britain

Lagotto Romagnolo Skills

The Lagotto Romagnolo, in ancient Italy, was bred originally for water retrieving duties. Later on, when the marshlands were drained, the Lagotto took on a new responsibility: that of searching for truffles. Nowadays, the Lagotto no longer need to use their sense of smell to look for truffles. They now have other duties to perform. Some Lagottos compete in water sports, some are utilized as scent hounds, and even more are bred to be companion or guard dogs.

Lagotto Romagnolo Personality

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a working dog that has a keen sense of smell. They are loyal and affectionate pets that can get along with other dogs. The Lagotto is an intelligent dog with a naturally inquisitive and curious mind. They need to be mentally stimulated at all times, thus games of hide and seek are enjoyed by this canine. The Lagotto makes an excellent family pet and will reciprocate your affections by warning you on the presence of strangers.

Exercise Needs

The highly active Lagotto Romagnolo require a lot of exercise. Take this dog out with you when you go jogging or when you go out for walks and the Lagotto would be pleased to keep up with you.

Living Conditions

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a breed that can do well in an apartment with limited space provided that it is given adequate exercise. This active dog need to be kept active, a walk 3 to 4 times per day would be enough to keep the Lagotto happy. If you have plants or prized flowers, it is best to keep these fenced in because if these plants catch the attention of your pet, you can be sure that these will be uprooted --- the Lagotto just love to dig.

Grooming Requirements

The water-proof coat of the Lagotto Romagnolo appears rough and forms thick, tight curls that cover the entire body (except for the head). The traditional colors are off-white, brown, and orange. Some Lagottos have a white coat with brown or orange colored markings. Still, some dogs have a dark brown mask. Because of the thick, tight curls on the Lagotto, brushing will need to involve short, firm strokes. Further more, baths will need to be more common because of the tendency of curls to capture dirt and brush.

Health Issues

The Lagotto Romagnolo seems to be a hardy breed; so far, no serious genetic defects have been reported yet.

If you liked this dog…

...look at other breeds similar to the Lagotto in appearance such as the Spanish Water Dog, Portuguese Water Dog, and to some extent, the poodle.


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