Lagotto Romagnolo

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Life span

17 Years


16 Kg


Gun Dogs

Lagotto Romagnolo Overview

The Lagotto Romagnolo varies in appearance. They generally have floppy ears and large eyes. Their eye colour can vary between dark brown to golden. Their coat can vary between curly to very thick to flat. They shed very little, so would suit a family thats suffers with allergens. They come in variety of colours ranging from golden, brown and off white.

This dog breed has a wonderful temperament and are very loyal, active, loving and make great companions.

The Male weighs in the region of 13-16kg and the female weighs 11-14kg. Height varies for both male and female, male typically measure 43-48cm in height and female measure 41-46cm in height.

Lagotto Romagnolo Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Lagotto Romagnolo originates from the Romagna sub-region of Italy. Their name services from Romagnol which means "water dog". Back in the day, they were used for truffle hunting. 

Lagotto Romagnolo Temperament

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a sporting breed and generally have very sharp senses. They're very loving, caring and make the perfect family companion. They're generally very easy to train, provided training starts at a young age. 


Lagotto Romagnolo Training

Training your Lagotto is very easy and brings a lot of pleasure to owners on how fast they learn and pick up new tricks and instructions. Training should start when they're young as well as early socialisation so they grow into well-balanced and well-behaved dogs. 


The Lagotto Romagnolo requires regular grooming to prevent their coat from becoming matted and it is recommended to get their coat cut at least once a year. They require 2-3 brushes a week to help keep their coat in optimum condition. 

As with all dog breeds, they also require regular teeth brushing, nail clipping and cleaning of their ears, eyes and paws to prevent the build-up of dirt that can lead to infection. 


The Lagotto has some health issues which includes neurological disorders but this is mostly attributed to poor breeding. When researching the Lagotto you should use a responsible breeder and check what genetic testing has been done. 

The health concerns are:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cerebral Anomaly
  • Benign Juvenile epilepsy 


Lagotto Romagnolo Exercise Needs

The Lagotto requires moderate levels of exercise around 40-60 minutes on a daily basis. This doe breed needs plenty of outdoor space to roam and explore and therefore wouldn't suit living in an apartment. 

As with all dog breeds, they require plenty of mental stimulation to keep them well-balanced. 

Children and other pets

The Lagotto tends to get on very well with children and other pets provided they are socialised correctly from a young age. Please note that playtime should always be supervised to prevent rough play and injuries.