Lagotto Romagnolo: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em (2022)

Lagotto Romagnolo temperament, personality, training, behavior, pros and cons, advice, and information, by Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Behavioral Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books

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My experience with Lagotto Romagnolo temperament

In a nutshell: lively, athletic, agile, fast, enthusiastic, smart, sensitive, quick learner, fond of water, fond of mud, fond of digging, loves to run and jump and swim and fetch.

Wondering how to pronounce the breed's name? It's Lah-GO-toe Roman-YO-lo. Which refers to the "water dog from the Romanga region of Italy."

The official plural is Lagotti Romagnoli, swapping the final o for an i, which is pronounced like a long e. Like so: Lah-GO-tee Roman-YO-lee.

In the US, some breeders use the Italian plural, while others just say Lagottos with an s.

Temperament and behavior stem from what a breed was designed for

To understand a breed's temperament and behavior, ask, "What was he developed to do?" Whichever traits help him accomplish his intended work have likely been "hard-wired" into his genes – not perfectly, not as reliably as programming a computer, but generally speaking.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a mid-sized (larger than small, smaller than medium) breed developed in medieval Italy as a water retriever. When the hunter shot down ducks over water, the Lagotto dove in and fetched the downed duck back to the hunter.

So what sort of traits might you need in such a dog? Athleticism... endurance... toughness... willingness to follow directions... water-resistant, tightly-curled wooly coat to protect against the elements...

When the marshlands were converted to farmland, the Lagotto Romagnolo found a new specialty in the Italian countryside: hunting truffles.

Truffles are an edible fungus (similar to a mushroom) with an exquisite taste. Some people are so eager to consume this rare delicacy that they will pay hundreds, even thousands, of dollars for the privilege. There's even a black market industry for truffles. Often called the diamonds of the culinary word, truffles are considered (ounce for ounce) the most expensive food in the world.

Because truffles grow underground and cannot be seen ripening, they are best found by detecting the strong aroma of the mature truffle. This is where the Lagotto comes in, with its great nose and keen work ethic. Growers plant truffle orchards and use their Lagotto to sniff out the first sign of maturing truffles.

What traits might you expect from successful truffle hunters? Boundless energy, a keen desire to search, persistence, determination, and an exquisite sense of smell.

Lagottos have also been trained as Service Dogs able to detect medical conditions such as an imminent seizure or a dangerous blood-sugar drop. In Search & Rescue, Lagottos use their powerful nose to find people trapped under rubble after natural disasters.

So looking at the work a breed was designed for, or is currently being used for, gives us a realistic idea of what that breed is going to be like.

I hope you won't make the mistake of acquiring a Lagotto because you think it's a convenient size for your apartment or because it looks cute and cuddly.

The Lagotto has been bred for working purposes since the 1400s. For centuries, in other words. These dogs have a lot of energy and they need a purpose in their lives.

For example, the Italian Lagotto Club offers truffle-finding (working aptitude) tests throughout Italy. In the US, a variety of stimulating activities can satisfy the Lagotto's craving for something challenging to do.

But don't get the impression that the breed runs wildly around your house all day and needs to be doing something every single hour.

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No. But you do need to commit to vigorous exercise and mental stimulation several times a day, even for just 30 minutes at a time. Then the Lagotto will be happy to chill with you in front of the TV the rest of the time. This affectionate dog craves ongoing companionship with his family.

Pros and cons of the Lagotto Romagnolo

The Good

  • Convenient size (larger than small, smaller than medium)
  • Natural, rustic appearance
  • Doesn't shed much
  • Athletic, fast, and agile
  • Lively, loves to run and jump and swim and fetch
  • Good with other animals
  • Bright, learns quickly
  • Loyal to their own family

The Bad

  • Needs a decent-sized fenced yard and frequent sessions of vigorous physical activity (not just walks on a leash) plus challenging mental stimulation
  • Needs moderate to significant grooming, including trimming/clipping every couple of months
  • Not the best breed for fastidious housekeepers, as the Lagotto likes to splash in water and mud, making a mess and tracking it through the house
  • Also the curly, wooly coat attracts dirt, leaves, pollen, and other debris, which can end up on your floor and furniture
  • Not the best breed for gardeners, as the Lagotto loves to dig, especially in damp soil
  • Susceptible to a number of life-threatening neurological diseases (fortunately most – but not all – of these can be avoided if your pup's parents were simply tested for those diseases before being bred)
  • Some individuals are hyper-sensitive (even fearful) of strangers or unfamiliar sights, sounds, or situations
  • Not a mindless yapper, but does like to vocalize

Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behavior are also shaped by raising and training.

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How big is the Lagotto Romagnolo?

Prospective owners who have never seen a Lagotto up-close often think the breed is smaller than it actually is.

This is probably because breeders and breed clubs describe it as "small to medium", which makes some people think the breed comes in a variety of sizes from small to medium, so they can get a "small" one if they want.

Reality check... the Lagotto is not a small breed. Nor is it a medium breed, which would be more like a Border Collie or Springer Spaniel.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a mid-sized breed:

  • Males stand 17 to 19 inches (43-48 cm) and weigh 28-35 lbs (13-16 kg).
  • Females stand 16 to 18 inches (41-46 cm) and weigh 24-31 lbs (11-14 kg).

So the Lagotto is about the same weight as a Cocker Spaniel... but the Lagotto stands several inches taller. His build should be square and robust. What it shouldn't be is elegant or fragile.

The AKC Standard says, "The dog should give the impression that he has the strength and endurance to work all day in difficult and challenging terrain."

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How much exercise does a Lagotto Romagnolo need?

More than you might think!

It's always a concern to me when a casual pet owner gets a breed with a sporting/working ancestry. He often doesn't realize that these breeds require an active lifestyle if you expect their behavior to be calm and content.

In the case of the Lagotto, he doesn't need miles/hours of running exercise. But he definitely wants and needs a decent-sized fenced yard AND frequent sessions of vigorous physical activity (not just walks on a leash) plus challenging mental stimulation. After which a Lagotto will happily snooze in his dog bed.

Mental stimulation means an activity that keeps the dog's intelligent mind occupied – some sort of puzzle to solve. Even owners who diligently provide enough physical exercise often fail to provide the mental aspect.

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And what happens if you don't provide a sufficiently active lifestyle? Then your Lagotto, with his needs not met, will vent his frustrations via barking, jumping, chewing, and hyperactivity.

What kinds of physical exercise and mental stimulation should you provide a Lagotto?

You probably don't have a lot of truffles in your neck of the woods, but you can substitute some fun nose work activities for your would-be truffle hunter. Nose work means teaching your Lagotto how to alert you when he sniffs out a particular scent.

Another excellent activity for these super-fast athletes is the sport of Agility, an obstacle course for canines. Also Rally obedience, frisbee, flyball, musical freestyle, complex trick routines.... all wonderful activities for a Lagotto.

Finally, with their water dog ancestry, many Lagotti love water, love to retrieve, and love to run and jump. Combine those loves into one activity and you get... dock diving. Check it out! (Or just take your Lagotto swimming.)

If you involve your Lagotto in multiple activities, he can win a Versatility Certificate from the Lagotto Romagnolo Club of America.

Summary: Engage your Lagotto's superb athletic skills and high intelligence with physical and mental activities that channel his natural drive to work.

Are Lagotto Romagnolo easy to train?

In general, a Lagotto whose needs are being met is usually pretty easy to train. Just use a light hand on the leash and establish the right Leader-Follower relationship and the dog will be happy to work with you.

However, some Lagottos are more independent and will use their intelligence to figure out how to do things they want to do. These individuals are too clever/manipulative for a first-time owner.

But most Lagottos learn quickly and respond beautifully to consistent leadership. This is taught in my puppy training book, Respect Training For Puppies (30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved puppy).

Or see my advice on → dogtraining

How sociable is the Lagotto Romagnolo?

Are they friendly with strangers?

Some Lagotti are friendly and outgoing with everyone. But most are a little reserved until they get to know you.

There is shyness/fearfulness in some lines, so if you want an outgoing, confident Lagotto, make sure both of your pup's parents (preferably grandparents, too) are outgoing and confident.

Does the Lagotto make a good watchdog?

Yes! Whether a Lagotto is friendly or reserved toward strangers, he has sharp ears, sharp eyes, and a sharp nose and so makes a reliable alarm dog. Not a guard dog, mind you! Just a dog who sounds the alarm.

In fact, some Lagottos are too enthusiastic about sounding the alarm. They must be taught that a few barks are fine, but then the dog must be quiet and let you take over. This is up to the owner to teach.

Is the Lagotto Romagnolo good with children?

If the dog has a confident temperament and has been raised around children... and if said children are well-behaved, things should go well.

However, some Lagottos are very sensitive and may feel stressed around small children who run, scream, wave their hands around, etc.

Also be aware that young Lagottos can be rowdy. Until you teach them that jumping is not allowed, they could easily cause a young toddler (or an infirm adult) to fall over.

Is the Lagotto Romagnolo good with other pets?

Most Lagotti are fine with other dogs and cats. Unlike most other hunting breeds, most of which have strong instincts to pursue small animals, the Lagotto has been designed to have reduced chasing instincts so the dog wouldn't get distracted by, say, a passing rabbit when on the "hunt" for truffles.

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Grooming: does the Lagotto Romagnolo shed a lot? Are they easy to groom?

Technically they don't shed much but that's largely because their shed hairs get caught in the curly coat instead of falling out onto your floor or furniture or clothing. Some people who are allergic to dog hair or dander can live comfortably with a Lagotto. Some people. I really don't recommend this breed if a family member is allergic to dog hair.

As far as grooming goes, the time and effort required is moderate to significant. You can see the breed's water dog ancestry in the rustic coat: a thick mass of wooly-textured, tightly-ringed curls atop a dense undercoat. The water-resistant curls feel semi-rough, even harsh to the touch.

A Lagotto puppy's coat does feel soft and is often wavy rather than curly. The correct coarseness and curl will develop over the first 2-3 years.

From a practical perspective, the wooly curls pick up burrs, thorns, leaves, mud.... On an ongoing basis you'll need to remove this debris. You also need to brush the curls as necessary to keep them from fusing together into felted mats, which would otherwise create dark, moist hiding places for parasites, bacteria, and fungi.

The Lagotto's curly hair keeps on growing, so requires regular trimming and clipping. I recommend clipping every 6-8 weeks to keep the curls short, no more than an inch (measured with the coat curled, not brushed out straight). The longer the curls are allowed to grow, the easier it is for them to twist together into a tangled mess.

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  • Keep the beard/whiskers short – when a bearded dog drinks, water soaks up into the hair, then drips all over your house.
  • Also keep the hair short around the dog's private parts. Otherwise when he goes to the bathroom, fecal matter will adhere to his bottom and end up transferred to your floor and furnishings.

Very rarely, a Lagotto will be born with a shorthaired coat rather than curly. This is not a health issue, just a trait that breeders and breed clubs don't like. Obviously a shorthaired coat is much easier to maintain, but it does shed more because the shed hairs obviously don't get caught in the curls any more.

Are Lagotto Romagnolo healthy? How long do they live?

The typical lifespan of a Lagotto is 11-14 years.

Overall, their health is good, but they are vulnerable to a few serious health issues.

About 1 of every 4 Lagottos has hip dysplasia, a malformation of the hip joint that causes pain and lameness and leads to chronic arthritis.

The Lagotto can suffer from two different forms of epilepsy. One form appears in young Lagotto Romagnolo puppies and (thankfully) goes away in just a few months... usually, not always. The other form of epilepsy appears in Lagotto adults and requires lifelong medication.

Along with epilepsy, three more neurological diseases (all inherited, all severe) occur in the Lagotto. All of these diseases cause tremors, loss of balance, uncoordinated movements, and tripping/falls.

Here is my complete list of health problems in Lagotto Romagnolo.

See my advice on → keepingyourdoghealthy
(feeding, vaccinations, neutering, veterinarians, and more).

What colors does the Lagotto Romagnolo come in?

  • Various shades of brown (with or without white markings)
  • Various shades of "orange" (with or without white markings)
  • Off-white (with or without brown or orange patches)
  • Brown roan: an even mixture of brown and white hairs that creates a finely speckled pattern

Tan markings are also allowed, but only in the same positions you would see them on a Doberman or Rottweiler: above the eyes, on the cheeks, under the muzzle, on the chest and lower legs, and under the tail.

Fading colors

To avoid disappointment, prospective buyers should understand how colors work on Lagottos – namely, the color usually FADES as the dog matures.

For example, a young puppy might be chocolate brown or golden orange, but as he matures, the rich color fades to a more diluted shade of beige, buff, or cream. (The dog's head, however, often remains a darker shade than the rest of the coat.)

Owners who are unprepared might find themselves unhappy with the diluted color. But you might get lucky.... occasionally a dark brown puppy will maintain his dark shade into adulthood.

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Lagotto Romagnolo Puppies

If you already have a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy....

Congratulations! I'll be happy to show you how to raise and train your new family member.

  • Take a peek at my best-selling puppy training book, Respect Training for Puppies: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved puppy.
  • Or check out my training tips to teach your Lagotto Romagnolo puppy to be well-behaved.
  • Also see my advice on Lagotto Romagnolo health care, including feeding and vaccinations

If you don't have a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy, but you want one....

I can help you with that, too.

The best source of a Lagotto puppy is a breeder whose goal is sound structure, temperament, and health (rather than simply winning ribbons in the show ring).

Or you can hop onto Craigslist and buy a Lagotto puppy from someone who "just breeds pets" or "just had one litter." But should you?

Not unless the seller has done the proper health certifications on the puppy's parents. One huge difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible "puppy producer" is – health certifications.

BOTH PARENTS of a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips
  • a certificate from a board-certified ophthalmologist – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases

Also, at least ONE PARENT of a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy should have a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of FOUR Lagotto diseases:

  • a neurodegenerative disease called LSD (Lagotto Storage Disease).
  • a neurodegenerative disease called ND (Neuroaxonal Dystrophy).
  • a neurological disease called JE (juvenile epilepsy).
  • a urinary disorder called HUU (Hyperuricosuria).

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are at much higher risk for health problems.

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How do I adopt a Lagotto Romagnolo?

You'll have to get really, really lucky. Lagottos are seldom available from shelters or rescue groups.

Oh, you might see a mid-sized curly-haired dog at a shelter, but it's almost certainly not a Lagotto; the breed just isn't common enough, at least in the United States. Dogs can look like a Lagotto without having any Lagotto Romagnolo genes at all.

Did you know there's a quick and simple DNA test that can tell you definitively which breeds make up any given dog?

So if it's an adult Lagotto you're interested in, your best source is a breeder. They will sometimes offer a retired brood bitch or retired stud dog to a good pet home.

Or one of their own puppies may have been returned to them, now all grown up and needing a new home. However... your question must be: Why was this dog returned? Behavior issues? You need to find out before you unknowingly adopt a problem.

What breeds are similar to a Lagotto Romagnolo?

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Depending on how he's trimmed, a curly-haired Portuguese Water Dog can look like a Lagotto. Both breeds are athletic nature-lovers who enjoy playing in water and mud. Compared to a Lagotto, the Portuguese Water Dog is larger and stronger-willed.

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Again depending on trimming style, a Miniature Poodle can resemble a Lagotto. Both breeds are lively, athletic, sensitive, and very bright. Compared to a Lagotto, a Miniature Poodle is a bit smaller, needs less exercise, and is easier to train. If you prefer something a bit larger than a Lagotto, there's an "unofficial" Poodle size called moyen, meaning middle, which is in-between a Miniature Poodle and a Standard Poodle.

About the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

FAQs

Do Lagotto Romagnolo bark a lot? ›

Lagotto Romagnolos can make good watchdogs if they are trained to bark when it is appropriate to do so. Without training, they may end up barking too much. As a truffle hunting dog, the Lagotto Romagnolo is good at scent work, but they also have a natural tendency to dig.

How long do Lagotto Romagnolo live? ›

Are Lagotto Romagnolo intelligent? ›

These dogs are agile, adaptable and intelligent, making them easy to train even though they are naturally obedient. As working dogs, they have the desire to track and do enjoy digging — so beware flower beds! These affectionate dogs can be reserved with strangers but are close to their family members.

Are Lagottos cuddly? ›

The Lagotto Romagnolo may be a teddy bear on the outside, and these dogs are definitely cuddly, but make no mistake: This clever, vibrant breed will keep you on your toes.

Can Lagotto Romagnolo be left alone? ›

Alone Time

Lagotti are amenable to time alone, as long as it doesn't drag on. Training your Lagotto to spend time in a dog crate can help keep boredom at bay because they will enjoy the downtime in their den. Give them a special dog toy to play with and don't leave them for more than four hours at a time.

Does Lagotto Romagnolo bite? ›

Complete scissor or pincer bite with white and well developed teeth.

How often should you bathe a Lagotto? ›

They do not require frequent bathing, typically about once a month. The coat is best when kept at about 1 to 1.5 " in length. Lagotto Romagnolo do not shed regularly and may leave little tufts of hair once in a while. Because they have hair rather than fur, it has to be trimmed occasionally.

How much does a Lagotto dog cost? ›

On average, a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy can cost between $1,800 and $2,500. Of course, rescuing is an option, but you may find it difficult to find a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy at a shelter.

Do Lagottos need lots of exercise? ›

They are not hyper and do not require a great amount of exercise, but they do need both mental stimulation and physical activity. While a Lagotto will enjoy and benefit from time outside, the breed will not do well if left to live outdoors without family interaction.

Can Lagottos swim? ›

She loves the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Lagotto Romagnolo.

Are Lagottos stubborn? ›

However, the canine organization recommend early socialization and training to ensure your Lagotto grows into a balance and well-adjusted dog. One of the common themes we encountered during our research and speaking to Lagotto Romagnolo owners is a potential stubborn streak within the breed.

How do you cut Lagotto eyes? ›

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Should I brush a Lagotto? ›

Coat. Whilst a Lagotto coat does not need daily attention, it is advisable to pass a metal comb through it regularly in order to detect any areas that are starting to matt.

Is a Lagotto a good family dog? ›

They're affectionate dogs who form close bonds with members of their family, says Williams. “It is a breed that needs to be an integral part of the family.” The Lagotto Romagnolo is intelligent, active and eager to learn. They do well when they are given a job as well as consistent exercise, explains Williams.

Can you be allergic to Lagotto Romagnolo? ›

Allergy to the dog: Lagotto Romagnolo is a breed hypo-allergenic.

Can a dog be alone for 8 hours? ›

Some households have an easier time if there is another person in the home who has a slightly different schedule. It would appear that many dogs can adapt to being alone for 8-9 hours at a time provided they have a means to potty and have adequate room to move.

Is it cruel to leave a dog alone overnight? ›

Can dogs be left alone overnight? Whether you're working night shifts or just don't want your pet in your bedroom, it shouldn't be a problem to leave your pooch alone during the night. Dogs are not nocturnal animals, and they'll sleep through the night.

Does Lagotto Romagnolo stink? ›

The Lagotto Romagnolo does not smell bad and does not stink. A dog that lives a lot in the open air gets dirty more easily. The dirt accumulated on the mantle can give a bad odor but it is not typical of the dog. To be more explicit the Lagotto does not in itself have the classic hunting dog smell.

Are Lagottos hypoallergenic? ›

How much exercise does a Lagotto puppy need? ›

A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown, i.e. 15 minutes, up to twice a day, when three months old. Once they are fully grown, they can exercise for much longer.

How do you trim a dog's head? ›

How to trim a rounded dog head - Dog grooming tutorial - YouTube

Do Lagotto puppies change color? ›

The colour of a Lagotto is changing allot during his life, especially in the first 1 - 2 years. Brown roan puppies get born white-brown and turn darker after a few weeks. White puppies can stay white or turn into a light apricot. Brown puppies are born dark.

What is the most expensive dog? ›

The Tibetan mastiff is the most expensive dog in the world. The breed stands at at least 26 inches shoulder height and typically weighs more than 100 lbs. Known to sell for at least $7,000 per puppy, a Chinese businessman made headlines when he bought a 1-year-old Tibetan mastiff for $1.9 million.

What is the least expensive hypoallergenic dog? ›

Fox Terrier

Fox Terrier is the cheapest of all the hypoallergenic dog breeds present on the planet. It costs as low as $300. Though having long hair on its body, it does not shed much fur.

Is Lagotto Romagnolo a working dog? ›

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a medium-sized ancient working breed from Northern Italy with wooly, curly fur. They are prized for truffle hunting skills, but they can also make relatively laid-back and affectionate companions around the home.

Are Lagotto Romagnolo good for first time owners? ›

Lagotto Romagnolo. Originally from Italy, these born retrievers are known for their history as truffle-hunting dogs, and are still used for this purpose. If you socialize and train them from an early age, they are perfect family companions who are highly affectionate and love to cuddle.

How much do you feed a Lagotto Romagnolo? ›

Lagotto Romagnolo Feeding Chart
BreedFeed Amount Per DayAVG Price Per Day
Lagotto Romagnolo 11KG - 16KG220g - 320g£0.56 - £0.82

Are Lagotto Romagnolo aggressive? ›

The breeds that were more likely to be aggressive included the Rough Collie, Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, German Shepherd, and Lagotto Romagnolo.

Are Lagottos shy? ›

Lagotto Romagnolo Temperament

They are devoted housemates with good guarding instincts. Though they are very social, Lagotti Romagnoli do tend to be shy. Early socializing can help them overcome this shyness so they may grow into well-adjusted adult dogs.

How many puppies are in a Lagotto litter? ›

The average size of a Lagotto litter is 4-6 puppies.

Do Lagotto Romagnolo make good pets? ›

The Lagotto Romagnolo is generally an easy dog to live with. They are happy, smart, loving, loyal, easily trained, athletic, affectionate and sensitive. If the owner appropriately socializes the Lagotto, they get along well with other dogs and children.

Are Lagotto Romagnolo playful? ›

Lagotto Romagnolos are very playful, kid friendly and easy to train. They are ideal for agility or other dog sports, especially scenting sports, where they can use their amazing sense of smell. They require a fair bit of grooming as they don't shed much of their coat.

Is dog A water? ›

A water dog is a type of gundog bred to flush and retrieve game from water. Water dogs are considered the progenitors of most modern retriever dog breeds.

Are Lagottos related to poodles? ›

About the breed

The Lagotto Romagnolo is the foundation dog to all water dogs such as Poodles, Portuguese Water Dogs, golden retrievers, Labradors, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retrievers to name but a few.

What breeds make up a Lagotto Romagnolo? ›

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TemperamentLively, smart, sensitive, fond of water and mud and digging, loves to run and jump and swim and fetch
ColorsBrown, orange, white, and combos of those colors
PuppiesModerate availability
Rescue dogsSeldom available
Similar breedsPortuguese Water Dog, Spanish Water Dog, Miniature Poodle
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How fast does Lagotto hair grow? ›

It will take approx three months for the coat to grow out. To maintain the shorter version, once you have them clipped back, monthly scissoring will sculpt and keep them short. Remember to check ears and trim nails every two weeks.

What is the #1 hypoallergenic dog? ›

Best: The Bichon Frise and Labradoodle Are Great Hypoallergenic Dogs. Both the labradoodle and the bichon frise are often recommended for people with dog allergies because of their easy-to-maintain coats. Labradoodles with wool-like hair may not pick up as many outdoor allergens as other breeds.

What is the most hypoallergenic dog? ›

The AKC considers these breeds to be among the best for allergy sufferers.
  • Afghan Hound.
  • American Hairless Terrier.
  • Bedlington Terrier.
  • Bichon Frise.
  • Chinese Crested.
  • Coton de Tulear.
  • Giant Schnauzer.
  • Irish Water Spaniel.
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What breed of dog causes most allergies? ›

German Shepherd

Unfortunately, this dog has been known to trigger bad allergic reactions. They're one of the most excessive shedders, regardless of whether you get a long- or a short-haired one.

Are Lagotto Romagnolo good for first time owners? ›

Lagotto Romagnolo. Originally from Italy, these born retrievers are known for their history as truffle-hunting dogs, and are still used for this purpose. If you socialize and train them from an early age, they are perfect family companions who are highly affectionate and love to cuddle.

Are Lagotto Romagnolo aggressive? ›

The breeds that were more likely to be aggressive included the Rough Collie, Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, German Shepherd, and Lagotto Romagnolo.

Do Lagotto puppies change color? ›

The colour of a Lagotto is changing allot during his life, especially in the first 1 - 2 years. Brown roan puppies get born white-brown and turn darker after a few weeks. White puppies can stay white or turn into a light apricot. Brown puppies are born dark.

Is a Lagotto Romagnolo hypoallergenic? ›

How much does a Lagotto dog cost? ›

On average, a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy can cost between $1,800 and $2,500. Of course, rescuing is an option, but you may find it difficult to find a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy at a shelter.

Are Lagottos stubborn? ›

However, the canine organization recommend early socialization and training to ensure your Lagotto grows into a balance and well-adjusted dog. One of the common themes we encountered during our research and speaking to Lagotto Romagnolo owners is a potential stubborn streak within the breed.

Are Lagottos shy? ›

Lagotto Romagnolo Temperament

They are devoted housemates with good guarding instincts. Though they are very social, Lagotti Romagnoli do tend to be shy. Early socializing can help them overcome this shyness so they may grow into well-adjusted adult dogs.

Is a Lagotto a good family dog? ›

Good With Young Children

A breed's level of tolerance and patience with childrens' behavior, and overall family-friendly nature. Dogs should always be supervised around young children, or children of any age who have little exposure to dogs.

Are Lagotto Romagnolo good therapy dogs? ›

What makes the Lagotto a good therapy dog? Their friendly, outgoing demeanor is key. A therapy dog needs to be comfortable around strangers and be petted by multiple people without being shy or startled. They are large enough to be handled a little roughly by the excited young child or a person with muscular issues.

Is a Lagotto a poodle? ›

The Lagotto Romagnolo is the foundation dog to all water dogs such as Poodles, Portuguese Water Dogs, golden retrievers, Labradors, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retrievers to name but a few.
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About the breed.
BreedAustraliaWorldwide
Lagotto Romagnolo2,19026,258
Border Collie500,000+6-7 million
13 May 2018

What color eyes do Lagottos have? ›

When you look into the eyes of a Lagotto you should have the feeling of seeing a human gaze. The eyes should be large, round and wide apart. The colour of the iris ranges from ochre to dark hazel and brown, depending on the colour of their coat.

What is a roan lagotto? ›

Lagotto come in a variety of colors including white, brown, roan and orange - and a variety of combinations of them. Roan is a unique color and not one that many people are familiar with. It changes over time! Roan starts off in young newborn pups looking very much like white (Photo 1).

What is a roan puppy? ›

Roan is a coat color found in many animals, including horses, cattle, antelope, cat and dogs. It is defined generally as an even mixture of white and pigmented hairs that do not "gray out" or fade as the animal ages.

Should I brush a Lagotto? ›

Coat. Whilst a Lagotto coat does not need daily attention, it is advisable to pass a metal comb through it regularly in order to detect any areas that are starting to matt.

How do you cut Lagotto eyes? ›

Lagotto groom with Louise Ferguson part 5 The head A - YouTube

How much do you feed a Lagotto Romagnolo? ›

Lagotto Romagnolo Feeding Chart
BreedFeed Amount Per DayAVG Price Per Day
Lagotto Romagnolo 11KG - 16KG220g - 320g£0.56 - £0.82

Videos

1. ► Lagotto Romagnolo [2019] Rasse, Aussehen & Charakter
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2. Lagotto Romagnolo | Is It Right For You?
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3. Best of Breed - Lagotto Romagnolo | Crufts 2016
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4. Dog Breed Video: Lagotto Romagnolo
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5. Dogs 101 Lagotto Romagnolo Animal Planet
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6. Lagotto Romagnolo Fellpflege der richtige Anfang! Egal wie alt Dein Lagotto ist.
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