Lagotto Romagnolo

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Lagotto Romagnolo History

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a type of Italian Hound that is native to Italy. The Lagotto Romagnolo is a medium-sized breed of hound that is named for the Romagna region of Italy, where it was first developed. The Laketa is thought to descend from the Podengo Pequeno, a Portuguese scent-hound that was imported to Italy in the 1700s. The Laketa came to prominence in the mid-19th century, when it was widely employed in northern Italy to hunt small vermin and quarry such as hares and partridge. The history of the Lagotto is closely tied to that of the truffle industry, which flourished in the Romagna region in the mid-19th century. The native dogs of the Romagna were crossed with local Beagle-type stock to produce larger, faster hounds that could hunt and flush out truffles. The Laketta then became a fixture in the truffle fields, where it was employed alongside the human hunters.

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Lagotto Romagnolo Physical Characteristics

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a small, medium- to large-sized hound breed that typically stands between 13 and 15 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 25 and 45 pounds. They have a muscular, slightly elongated body and a long, thick, curly or corded coat that is white, red, or orange-rust in color. They have a rounded head with hanging ears and a pointed muzzle. The Lagotto Romagnolo’s natural drop ears are cropped for the majority of the time. They are energetic and very active.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown, Amber

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 17 – 19 inches

Female Height Range: 14 – 18 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 28 – 35 lbs

Female Weight Range: 25 – 30 lbs

Lagotto Romagnolo Health

Description of breed health.


14-17 yrs

Lagotto Romagnolo Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Lysosomal Storage Disease, Cerebellar Abiotrophy

Lagotto Romagnolo Temperament and Behaviour

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a calm, playful, and gentle breed of dog. They are sweet and quiet, but are also very protective. They are very loyal to their family and can be wary of strangers. They are cautious around children, but should be supervised. They enjoy playing games and spending time with their families.

Lagotto Romagnolo Activity Requirements

The Lagotto Romagnolo, also known as the Italian Water Dog, is a medium sized, square-proportioned dog. The coat is long and curly, and comes in many different colors. While they are not as high energy as other breeds, Lagottos do require regular walks. They are better suited for a home with a yard where they can get a little exercise and run around. If you are looking for a small, easy-going, and low-maintenance dog, a Lagotto may be right for you. They are very intelligent and make great companions. However, they do require a bit of exercise and can’t simply be left alone all day.

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Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Lagotto Romagnolo is part of the Sporting group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Lagotto Romagnolo is part of the Gundog group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Lagotto Romagnolo is part of the Gundog group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Lagotto Romagnolo is part of the Sporting group.

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