Lagotti Romagnoli

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Lagotti Romagnoli

Lagotto Romagnolo is an adorable dog, famous for finding truffle. Once a truffle hunter cultivated by Italians, they are favored by more people all over the world nowadays. They shed hairs infrequently, perfect for people who hates cleaning hairs on the floor. With a plush-toy looks, Lagotti is actually smart and intelligent.

Other Names Italian water truffle hunter, Romagna water dog, Lagotto Romagnolo
Color white, brown, tan, grey
Height Males: 17-19 inches. Females: 16-18 inches.
Weight Males: 28.5-35 pounds. Females: 24-31 pounds.
Life Span Affectionate, Keen, Undemanding
Personality Affectionate, Keen, Undemanding
Exercise Regular Exercise
Popularity #90
Groom Needs Occasional bath or brush and infrequent shedding
Kids Friendly Yes with supervision
Dog Friendly Yes
Watch Dog
Family Dog
Litter Size 6-8 puppies

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Also known as the Romagna Water Dog, the Lagotto is a small-to medium-sized dog with a full curly coat, which is water-resistant as in most water dogs. It is blessed with lavish eyebrows and beards, and held in high regard for its competency in water hunting — its powerful scenting ability is second to none. In recent times, however, the Lagotto is more commonly associated with truffles’ than with waterfowls’ hunting. 

There’s hardly a conspicuous difference between both sexes of the Lagotto breed as regards size. Where a full-grown male stands at around 17-19 inches, a similar female measures 16-18 inches. The males are, however, slightly sturdier and more muscular and weigh between 28 and 35 pounds, while the females are likely to tip the scales at 24-32 pounds. They are caring and undemanding sporting dogs, as well as good companions. Lagotti have an average lifespan of 14-16 years.

Living with Lagotti Romagnoli

The Lagotto’s cost is rough-looking and waterproof. Thick and tight curls make its whole body looks warm. Its coat rarely shed. But there are some inevitablelittle tufts of hair once in a while. However, Lagotto needs to be trimmed regularly. Grooming them with a comb to prevent hair shedding. With ears checked weekly, you can rest assured the health of them.

Lagotto requires everyday exercise. Their natural robustness makes them good hiking and jogging partners. They are also good swimmer, without any fear of approach to water. They are willing to accompany with owners watching TV all day long. Nevertheless owners should have been less lazy as energetic lagotto need some exercises. A game of fetch or a session of hide and seek can do a big help in keeping them in good health.

Twice meals a day is of great health for medium size lagotto romagnolo. Food can be appropriate and healthy when it conforms with the standard of puppy, adult, or senior dog. It’s likely for some dogs to be overweight. Owners should concern more about dogs’ calorie consumption and weight level. Feed them with clean and fresh water, which can do good to them.

Basically Lagottos are always in good health. As they rarely suffer from hereditary disease. But owners can rest assured dogs’ health by screening storage disease, hip dysplasia, juvenile epilepsy, elbow dysplasia, etc. You can also choose to do a DNA testing to avoid the occurrence of disease.

Total Annual Cost: $2860

Cost is estimated for the first year and may vary depending on many factors, such as dog food, health care, leash, collar, licensing, possible fencing, crates, training and obedience classes, dog-walking, grooming, treats, toys, flea, tick, and heart-worm meds, microchips, etc.

Here comes a medical assistance. That is intelligent and adorable Lagottos. They are suitable for detecting medical scent work. Also perfect candidates for search-and-rescue, as they have brilliant nose. Though often accompany their favorite humans for a whole day without feeling boring, you masters need to train them at an early age about agility and obedience. Dock diving can be a good choice as they naturally love water. 


The Lagotto Romagnolo has probably existed since the Etruscan times, around 7th century B.C. It constitutes an ancient breed regarded by many as the ancestors of most modern water dogs and duck dogs. The term Lagotto is a Romagna word that translates into “water dog”. Some authorities consider it the Italian equivalent of the Irish Water Spaniels. 

Historians believe that the Lagotto Romagnolo had originated in the marshlands of Ravenna and the lowlands of Comacchio, in Italy. This dog breed assisted their owners primarily in hunting waterfowls in the marshes. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that the role of this dog breed slightly changed. During this time, the marshlands were drained of their water to enable the set up of modern civilization. Upon this, the era of the waterfowl began to fade out, and Lagotti were assigned to hunting for truffles underground.

Its keen sense of smell, agility, and ability to access deep underground crevices, set it up as an excellent hunting dog. This was also the basis for the crosses that followed later, in a bid to develop better hunting breeds. Gradually, the gene pool of the Lagotto breed was being diluted, and by the 1970s, pure breeds were almost extinct. The divergence kept on widening as more crosses were made. This prompted a group of workers from Romagnolo, who were breeders and dog enthusiasts alike, to set out on a rescue mission for their only native dog breed. Twenty years of persistent legislation and awareness creation, merged with recording and inbreeding of the pure breeds, was what it took to drag the Lagotto Romagnolo out of the cold jaws of extinction. The FCI recognized the Lagotto in 1995, while the American Kennel Club followed suit 20 years later.

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