Lagotto History

laˈɡɔtto romaɲˈɲɔlo

The Lagotto Romagnolo is an Italian breed, they love retrieving and are very fond of the water. Because they have such a keen sense of smell, Lagottos are often used for truffle hunting. They originate from the Romagna sub-region of Italy and are traditionally used as a hunting dog, mot commonly in the retrieval of birds.

Lagottos typically have thick, curly coats and the colour of their hair will vary from white to dark brown. They are hypoallergenic, meaning little to no shedding. They have hair and not fur, and for that reason they must be groomed regularly. Their coats mat easily because of their tightly wound curls and often takes on a felted appearance if their hair is not combed through on a regular basis. They are a medium size dog, the males ranging from 43-48cm tall and up to weigh around 40lbs. Females, however, are usually smaller and range from 41-46cm in height and weigh up to 35lbs.

The Lagotto Romagnolo can live to reach 16 years of age if kept healthy and happy. They are a hard working dog and enjoy completing an activity each day. Whether it be going for a walk, chewing a bone, learning a new trick or digging for truffles, they love being occupied. The Lagotto loves to please his or her human companion, they are food motivated and very attentive to the behaviours of humans. 

For a busy family, the Lagotto breed is a perfect dog to come home to. They love to cuddle and will be happy to go for an adventure in the park. They are very obidient, loyal and ready to learn new tricks! Lagottos love to be outdoors and require frequent exercise. Quite often, the Lagotto will dig holes due to the fact that they have been bred for truffle hunting. They are very good at retrieving, therefore, fetch is the perfect game to play. Lagottos are also very protective and will alert their family of any intrusions to the property and make excellent guard dogs.


Socializing your Lagotto early on, is a key step in their life. Between 4-12 weeks of age, introducing unfamiliar items to your puppy is very important. Some of these things could be; umbrellas, bikes, keys, vacuums odd sounds and bicycles. Always stay positive when showing your young pup these new-to-them objects. Lagottos are indeed a very intelligent dog, so training should be started at a young age. "You can't teach an old dog, new tricks" is a common saying in the dog-training world. Introducing your Lagotto to other dogs and pets is another very good experience so that they do not develop anti-social habits. This breed is always eager to please!

A Perfect Family Dog


The Lagotto Romagnolo is an ancient breed originating from the Romagna sub-region of Italy, as well as the lowlands of Comacchio and marshlands of Ravenna. It is believed that all breeds of water retrieving dogs have, in part, descended from the Lagotto Romagnolo. There have been DNA tests to prove that the Golden Retriever, the Portuguese Water Dog and the Poodle are descendents of the Lagotto.  


In the present day, Lagottos serve as working dogs in detection, a friendly companion and lovely service dogs. They have a great eagerness for work and are a very intelligent breed. They have a very caring nature and will get along well with other pets, with the help of meeting other animals at a young age.

This breed of dog is also commonly seen in dog shows. The Lagotto is a perfect choice for dog shows because of its beautiful body lines, curled hair and easy trainability.  

A Great Working Companion