Lagotto Romagnolo Dog Breed Facts & Information

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Adopting a dog is a big commitment and you need to find the right breed that fits your lifestyle. Notable traits like size, energy level, and personality can really affect not only your life but the happiness of your new dog. Researching different breeds is a great way to start off the adoption process!

If you have the right kind of life for an easygoing, sweet, and loyal dog, then you might want to consider the Lagotto romagnolo.

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The Basics

The Lagotto romagnolo is a medium-sized dog with an adult male weighing 28.5-35 pounds and a female weighing 24-31 pounds, according to The American Kennel Club. Male Lagotto romagnolos can be up to 19 inches tall and females can get up to 18 inches tall. Life expectancy of the Lagotto romagnolo is 15-17 years.

The History

The Lagotto Romagnolo is an ancient breed used for hunting and fishing near the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, the Lagotto romagnolo is believed to be the founding breed from which all water dogs descend.

Now, the Lagotto romagnolo is a dog that has been specially bred to find truffles on all kinds of terrain; it is the only breed in the world specialized in tracking down this precious tuber, according to the Lagotto Romagnolo Club of America.

The Lagotto romagnolo is in the company of the pointer, vizsla, and golden retriever in the sporting group breed!

The Extras

The Lagotto is an easygoing, undemanding, affectionate, and very loyal breed. They become very attached to their owner which makes them easy to train.

They make for great companions and watchdogs. The Lagotto romagnolo has a natural gift for searching due to their very good nose. This dog is extremely mild tempered and shouldn't cause too much of a ruckus in the home.

The Appearance

The Lagotto romagnolo is a small to medium-sized dog with a well-proportioned body. They are powerfully built, with a dense, curly coat of woolly texture. Bonus: their coat is hypoallergenic!

Their curls are evenly distributed all over the body and tail, except on the head, where the curls are not as tight. This makes for bushy eyebrows, whiskers, and beard. Even their cheeks are covered with thick hair!

Lagotto Romagnolo essential facts:

  • Personality: Easygoing, affectionate, and eager to please
  • Energy Level: Somewhat active; curious and upbeat, but not hyper
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Shedding: Infrequent, hypoallergenic
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Good with Children: Better with supervision
  • Trainability: Eager To please
  • Height: 17-19 inches (male), 16-18 inches (female)
  • Weight: 28.5-35 pounds (male), 24-31 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 15-17 years

Interested in other breeds? Check out this article about terriers and this list of different doodle dogs.