The Lagotto Romagnolo Key Facts:
Small to medium Sized – Males 17-19ins Females 16-18ins
Gundog – Ancient breed of duck retriever
Dense curly coat – Non shedding
Highly intelligent and trainable but if you don’t train them they will train you!
Love swimming and digging
Versatile dogs that do well in a range of activities
Good watch dogs and family companions
The Lagotto is a small /medium-sized dog, well proportioned, squarely built and hardy muscled. The head is quite big and supported by its powerful neck. Its teeth should form a scissor, level or reverse scissor bite. The eyes are round and relatively big. They can be in any color between dark yellow and dark brown; it usually depends on the color of the coat. The coat can be off-white, solid white, white with brown or rust patches, different shades of brown, or rust solid color; a brown mask is acceptable. The Lagotto's wooly coat is dense and curly.
The Lagotto is a working dog. It has a natural gift for searching and its very good nose has made this breed very efficient in searching for truffles. The Lagotto is loyal, keen, affectionate, very attached to his owner and easy to train. It gets on well with other dogs and other pets if sufficiently socialized. It is an excellent family companion and a very good warning dog. The Lagotto is a good pet and loves people, but in addition to needing plenty of exercise, it needs to use its brain. This intelligent dog needs a job to do, something to keep its mind occupied. Tracking, games of searching for people in the woods or searching for mushrooms are some ideas. Obedience is also something they like and are good at, and agility is a favorite! As long as you let the dog use its brain, it won't have to find things to do on its own (that’s never anything good!).
Its dense, curly coat needs regular care. When you buy a Lagotto you hear different stories from different people about how to care for the coat. Some say that you should only clip it down with clippers twice a year and nothing else. Some say you have to brush it sometimes. One owner says, "Well, I have learned the hard way that it is more difficult that it seems. The coat easily gets matted, and to prevent that, you have to comb through it on a regular basis." You should not show a brushed Lagotto (like a Poodle) in show ring. It’s not a fur ball, it’s a working dog, and should be showed that way.