Lagotto Romagnolo means “lake dog from Romagna,” which is a good name for this breed, considering these dogs were originally bred to help hunt waterfowl through the wet marshlands of Romagna in Italy. They are also known as Italian Water Dogs and Romagna Water Dogs. Today, with many of the marshlands of the breed’s homeland drained, these dogs have found a new purpose in truffle hunting. Owners can easily train them to use their super noses for scent work, and Lagottos’ thick coats help them stay warm in fall and winter while protecting them from thorns and debris as they run through forests. They are the only dogs bred for the specific purpose of truffle hunting in modern times, and their keen sense of smell and natural tendency to dig make them experts at the task. Lagotto Romagnolos can also make loving, active, easygoing household pets with few demands. Their hypoallergenic coats are good for allergy sufferers, though those coats require a good deal of maintenance. So, if you are capable of keeping up with grooming and brushing and you want a dedicated, easily-trained family companion–or someone to help you hunt for delicious truffles–the Lagotto Romagnolo may be a great dog for you. Also, see below for complete list of Lagotto Romagnolo breed characteristics!Lagotto Romagnolo Dog Breed Pictures Lagotto Romagnolo Dog Breed Information & Pictures – DogtimeInitiate Gallery Additional articles for future dog parents:AdoptionChoosing The Best Dog NameBringing Home Your DogTraining To Walk On-LeashHousetraining PuppiesFeeding A PuppyIndoor Activities For DogsTeaching Your Dog TricksHow To Take Pictures Of Your Dog If you’re looking to buy a Lagotto Romagnolo for sale, then click here. If you’re looking to buy Lagotto Romagnolo puppies, then click here.

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Key Vitals of Lagotto Romagnolo Dog
Name Dog Breed Group Height Weight Life Span
Lagotto Romagnolo Dog Sporting Dogs 14 to 19 inches 24 to 35 pounds 14 to 17 years

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability:

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in Adaptability. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Adaptability parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 2 out of 5 in Adaptibility in living in apartment. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored low and is not suitable in Adaptibility in living in apartment parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 4 out of 5 in Good For Novice Owners. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Good For Novice Owners parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in Sensitivity Level.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Sensitivity Level. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in Tolerates Being Alone.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Being Alone. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 4 out of 5 in Tolerates Cold Weather.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Cold Weather. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in Tolerates Hot Weather.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Hot Weather. parameter.

All Around Friendliness:

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in All Around Friendliness.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in All Around Friendliness. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in Affectionate with Family.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Affectionate with Family. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in Friendly Dog.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Dog. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in Friendly Toward Strangers.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Toward Strangers. parameter.

Health Grooming:

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 2 out of 5 in Health Grooming.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored low and is not suitable in Health Grooming. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 1 out of 5 in Amount Of Shedding.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored low and is not suitable in Amount Of Shedding. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 2 out of 5 in Drooling Potential.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored low and is not suitable in Drooling Potential. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 1 out of 5 in Easy To Groom.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored low and is not suitable in Easy To Groom. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 4 out of 5 in General Health.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in General Health. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in Potential For Weight Gain.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Weight Gain. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 2 out of 5 in Size.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored low and is not suitable in Size. parameter.

Trainability:

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in Trainability.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Trainability. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 4 out of 5 in Easy To Train.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Train. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 4 out of 5 in Intelligence.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Intelligence. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 2 out of 5 in Potential For Mouthiness.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored low and is not suitable in Potential For Mouthiness. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 4 out of 5 in Prey Drive.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Prey Drive. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in Tendency To Bark Or Howl.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Tendency To Bark Or Howl. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 3 out of 5 in Wanderlust Potential.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Wanderlust Potential. parameter.

Exercise Needs:

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 4 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 4 out of 5 in Energy Level.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Energy Level. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 2 out of 5 in Intensity.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored low and is not suitable in Intensity. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 4 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

Lagotto Romagnolo is rated 4 out of 5 in Potential For Playfulness.. This means Lagotto Romagnolo has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Playfulness. parameter.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Sporting Dogs

Height

14 to 19 inches

Weight

24 to 35 pounds

Life Span

14 to 17 years

Highlights

The Lagotto Romagnolo is currently the only breed bred specifically for truffle hunting, even though they were originally bred as hunting companions.Scientists have studied the genes of Lagotto Romagnolos to better understand juvenile epilepsy and have applied this genetic research to the study of epilepsy in human children.Lagotto Romagnolos have a water resistant coat that not only helps them swim, but keeps them warm when searching for truffles in fall and early winter while protecting them from thorns and debris as they run through forests and fields.Although no breed is completely allergy-friendly, the Lagotto Romagnolo’s coat is considered to be hypoallergenic and rarely sheds. It does, however, require a good deal of grooming.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. Some owners give these dogs sandboxes or dedicated digging areas to avoid unwanted behaviors around the home.The Lagotto Romagnolo was accepted into the sporting dog category by the American Kennel Club in 2015.