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Lagotto Romagnolo

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Lagotto Romagnolo (Brown & White, Muzzle)
Side View, Standing

Breed Information


2022: #76

2021: #79

2020: #88

2019: #90

2018: #99

2017: #117

2016: #114

2015: N/A

Name Lagotto Romagnolo
Other names Romagna Water Dog, Lagotto, Water Dog of Romagna, Lagotti Romagnoli
Origin Italy
Breed Group Sporting
Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 14-16 years








Male: 17-19 inches (43-49 cm)

Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)


Male: 28-35 pounds (13-16 kg)

Female: 24-31 pounds (11-14 kg)


Black and Tan




Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $3000 - $5000 USD

The Lagotto Romagnolo breed is considered a rare breed of dog as they are not as popular in the U.S.A or Canada, yet. The average price for a puppy is going to be roughly $3,000 - $5,000 as you may have to import and / or the breeder has had to spend a lot of money to import and start their own line.

Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

Thanks to its small size, the Lagotto would do fine in an apartment if properly exercised. Where you live doesn’t matter, as long as you can walk the dog and keep it active, at least 3-4 times a day. If you do have a yard, and like your flowers…well, then you have to fence in your flowers. In the Lagotto’s nature lies a desire to dig. It loves to dig big holes and then stick its head in the hole. These dogs can dig a big hole in matter of seconds!

Barking Tendencies

4 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

4 stars


5 stars

High Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: Yes


3 stars

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4 stars

Shedding Level

2 stars

Minimal Shedding: Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


4 stars

Easy Training: The Lagotto Romagnolo is known to listen to commands and obey its owner. Expect fewer repetitions when training this breed.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Lagotto Romagnolo Puppy (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Lagotto Romagnolo Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Bear Molly
02 Tucker Bella
03 Jake Lola
04 Henry Ruby
05 Teddy Layla
06 Zeus Lexi
07 Buster Maggie
08 Oscar Emma
09 Milo Chloe
10 Sammy Coco
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The appearance of the Lagotto Romagnolo can vary, and generally have floppy ears, and large round eyes in any shade color ranging from golden to a dark brown. Their water friendly coat is very thick and curly. Solid colors include off-white, golden, or brown. They can also be found white with brown or orange patches or roan. It is a medium to large sized dog that is hypoallergenic, which also means it almost never sheds. A Lagotto often displays white markings that grow out in adult status.

The Lagotto is made to work. They generally have sharp senses, though their eyesight is more sensitive to motion than detail. They are very loyal and loving, making them the perfect family companion. Some are easy to train, and many get along with other animals quite easily if they're socialized as puppies.  Some Lagotti are excellent swimmers, but some will only paddle. Some will retrieve from lakes, streams and other bodies of water without hesitation. They are lovable family pets and tend to like attention. Lagotti love to dig; many owners give them a sandbox, or have a designated place to allow them satisfy their digging urges. They also love to play seeking games and have very active, and clever minds.


The Lagotto Romagnolo has been selected for the search for truffles on all kinds of ground: it’s the only breed recognized for this purpose. The Lagotto is an ancient breed for water retrieving known in Italy since the 16th century in the lowlands of Comacchio and the marshlands of Ravenna. Over the centuries, the great marshlands were drained and turned into arable land. Since the 19th century this intelligent breed has been utilized as an excellent dog for searching truffles in the flat open country and the hills of Romagna, thanks to his very developed sense of smell and high ability to concentrate on the search.

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