Species group: Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Romagna Water Dog; Lagotto
The Lagotto Romagnolo (Romagna Water Dog) is an ancient breed originally developed to retrieve waterfowl from the lowlands and marshes of Italy. When the marshes were drained for farmland and the waterfowl hunting collapsed, the dogs were repurposed to find truffles. Today they are the only purebred dog in the world recognized as a specialized truffle searcher. However, they remain little-known outside their home country. The breed wasn't recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) until 2016, although it's believed this curly-coated retriever may be the original ancestor of all the water dog breeds.
Like many other retrievers, they really do want to please their human companions, and the AKC calls them both affectionate and undemanding, which might make them a good first dog for the outdoorsy person.
Appearance / health:
The Lagotto is a small to medium-sized dog with a muscular square body. The large round eyes are set fairly well apart. The color of the iris ranges from ochre to hazel and dark brown, depending on the color of the coat. The dropping ears are triangular with rounded tips. The length of the powerful neck is less than the total length of the head. The back is straight and muscular. The chest is well developed reaching down to the elbows. The tail is set on neither too high nor too low, and tapers to the end.
The coat and the undercoat are waterproof. The breed does not shed but requires clipping at least once a year. Complete clipping prevents matt formation. Combing is done occasionally.
Daily walks and short jogs are sufficient to keep the Lagotto healthy and happy. Lagottos love to hike and swim. Owners may provide their dogs with a small children's pool if access to swimming is not easily available.
Lagottos are a healthy breed living well up to their teens. Hip dysplasia, a condition characterized by abnormal hip formation, is rare.
Behavior / temperament:
Lagottos are naturally curious and possess a natural gift for searching. With their keen sense of smell, they are efficient truffle searchers. The hunting instinct is almost absent and Lagottos cannot be easily distracted from their work by the scent of game. Many Lagottos relatively inactive at home though they relish a trip outdoors. They may bark at the sight of anything strange in their territory. Some Lagottos like to dig large holes.
Lagottos have a high learning rate and are easy to train. Early socialization and obedience training help to produce a wonderful pet.
They are not very noisy.
allergy sufferers, amazing family pets.Luc, great dogs
Best breed I have ever owned!
I have owned or spend extensive amounts of time with huskies, border collies, golden retrievers, labs and doodles. This is the best breed I have ever owned. Firstly, they are known to be great for allergy sufferers as they have hair rather than fur and there is little to no shedding. They are devoted to their owners and are quite trainable as they aim to please. They can be skiddish if not properly socialized as a puppy, though.
From mdrisdelle Sep 18 2011 2:39PM
The side of Lagotto Romagnolo you don't hear about
Lagotto Romagnolo (pronounced- La-go-tow Ro-man-yolo, plural "Lagotti") are great dogs in general. Family oriented, great for those with allergies, active, smart, and fun loving!
Luc is a great dog. He'd be perfect for almost any family if he wasn't fear-agressive, and didn't react to that fear with his teeth. This is a side of Lagotti that many owners won't talk about. Luc is an extreme case, but milder versions of his personality are common.
Lagotti can be very fearful/ reserved and their responses are either to hide and be incredibly shy or to react to fear by being aggressive. They are incredibly sensitive & smart dogs- even those who are extremely stable and happy-go-lucky are very sensitive to their humans. That's what can make them such amazing family pets.
Luc is not alone in his tendencies. Luc is sweet and incredibly loving & cuddly to people he knows. Once he knows you, you're a friend for life and he'd do anything for you. He is extremely bonded to his family members. He is happy doing just about anything, and will curl up on the couch next to you all day. Most Lagotto need ample amounts of exercise. Though they are moderate sized dogs (25-45 lbs), they need to be kept mentally stimulated or they will be destructive. This usually comes in the form of digging, or eating things they shouldn't.
Luc has poor eyesight, but a great nose. This is common. They see motion rather than detail, and because they are sensitive and good alert/ watch dogs, unless they can hear you or smell you, they may not know what you are!
We have worked very hard to lessen his fear & anxiety in social situations and it is improving dramatically, but socialization early on is critical for this sensitive dogs. Also and active lifestyle is key for a happy household.
Grooming is not bad. There are different texture of curly coat with Lagotti. Luc's is easy and he gets a hair cut every few months and doesn't matt in-between much. My other Lagotto has much finer hair and matts more easily.
Colors: Lagotto come in white, Champagne (Luc's color), Orange (Luc has Orange spots), brown, roan, and white with brown or orange spots..
From trufflesnw Jun 22 2015 2:31PM
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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