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Lagotto Romagnolo Breed Summary

Intelligent, Energetic, Loyal, Happy and Loving

These dogs are native to Italy and were originally bred to retrieve game both on land and in the water! They are highly prized in their native land both for their retrieving skills and their fantastic sense of smell.

Nowadays, they are a lesser-known breed and are rarely seen here in the UK. For that reason, anyone wanting to share their home with one of these guys would need to register their interest with a breeder. However, they are still popular working and companion dogs in Italy!

Kennel Club Group Gundog
Lifespan 15 - 17 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 43cm - 48cm, Females 41cm - 46cm
Weight Males 13kg - 16kg, Females 11kg - 14kg
Coat Coats are Extremely Waterproof. They are also Woolly and Rough to the Touch, forming Thick Curls. The Undercoat is Soft and Dense. The Curls Form all Over the Body, though are Looser on their Heads
Colour Brown, Brown & White, Brown Roan, Off White, Orange, Orange & White, Orange Roan, White
Eye colour Ochre, Dark Brown, Brown, Hazel
Common health issues Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Hereditary cataracts, Lysosomal storage disease, Juvenile epilepsy, Cerebella anomaly, Hypothyroidism, Alopecia, Short hair/improper coat
Other Names Lagotto, Romagna Water Dog, Water Dog of Romagna

These guys, although normally working dogs, also make lovely family pets. They do however require a lot of mental and physical stimulation to keep them entertained. They have very high energy and so require a lot of exercise. For this reason, they would best suit a family who already leads an active lifestyle that they can easily slot into! They are very intelligent which makes them fairly easy to train however, this doesn't mean that they are the best choice for first-time owners, as they need to be handled and trained very specifically by owners who understand the breed. They also have a very high prey drive which means they're not the best dogs to have if you have other small pets, such as cats or rabbits. However, they absolutely LOVE water, so if you live nearby to a beach or lake, we really recommend you take advantage of it!

These dogs have been around for many centuries, first bred in Italy as both water dogs and retrievers. They have since been depicted in many paintings and well-documented through time however, we can currently date them back to the early 1400s! It's thought that many of today's more modern Water Dog breeds are probably descendants of the breed as well. The name of these dogs 'Lagotto' is actually Venetian dialect, meaning Duck Dog. As the end of the 19th century approached, ducks started to decrease and the breed was instead used to search for Truffles, a highly sought-after fungus. It's thought that their place of origin may be in the Marshlands of Comacchio and Ravenna, where they were used as both retrieving and gun dogs. Even to this day, they remain a very popular dog in Italy, both as working and companion dogs!