Lagotto Romagnolo Puppies

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An active, loving, and playful breed

The Lagotto Romagnolo was bred extensively with other dogs to increase their speed and agility, which almost lead to the breed's extinction. In the 1990s, supporters of the breed revived the breed which became recognized by the AKC in 2015. These dogs are loved for their endearing nature and beautiful curly coats.

Lagotto Romagnolo At a Glance

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Lagotto Romagnolo At a Glance

  • Size: 16"-19", 24-35 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 15-17 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Double coat with thick, tight curls
  • Shedding: light
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Sporting
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Lagotto Romagnolo Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    The Lagotto Romagnolo is energetic, intelligent, and playful. They love spending time with their family and are eager to please to show their dedication. They are great with children, but their energy can be too much for smaller children. They can be wary of strangers and without proper socialization are prone to barking.

  • Health

    Lagottos are generally a healthy breed but could be prone to a few genetic conditions, like juvenile epilepsy, storage disease, hip dysplasia, or elbow dysplasia.

  • Activity Level

    Lagotto Romagnolos are active and require daily exercise to stay happy and healthy. Their exercise should include both physical and mental stimulation and should be done with their family as much as possible. Obedience training and games on a daily basis should be enough to keep them content.

  • Grooming

    The Lagotto's rough, waterproof coat should be trimmed regularly and should be brushed to reduce the risk of uncomfortable mats.

  • Shedding

    The Lagotto doesn't shed much, making them a hypoallergetic breed.

  • Appearance

    Lagotto Romagnolos are known for their woolly curls that can be found in brown, cream, fawn, and sable. The fur around their faces feathers into eyebrows and a beard, giving them a distinguished look. Their triangle-shaped ears hang down almost to their jaw, and their medium-sized tail stands alert when they are attentive.

  • History

    The origins of the Lagotto dates back to Renaissance Italy, where they were bred for duck hunting. They were also used to sniff out truffles, and are considered the best at that job.