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 they are traditionally a hunting dog and love chasing 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, for that reason they must be groomed regulary. Their coats will get matted easily because of their tightly wound curls and combing through their hair on a regular basis helps prevent mats. Although if they are being showed, their hair should not be brushed out but rather kept in natural, working dog state. They are a medium size dog, the males will range from 43-48cm tall and up to 40lbs. However the females can be smaller ranging from 41-46cm in height and weighing up to 35lbs.

The Lagotto Romagnolo can be seen to reach 16 years of age and they are a hard working dog. For this breed, having something to do as an activity every day is very important. Whether it be going for a walk, chewing a bone or digging for truffles, they love being occupied. Lagottos enjoy doing jobs or learning new tricks to stimulate their brains.​

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

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