Thinking about purchasing an Lagotto Romagnolo? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Lagotto Romagnolo breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Lagotto Romagnolo owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Lagotto Romagnolo and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Lagotto Romagnolo Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Lagotto Romagnolo and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Lagotto Romagnolo Profile
The Lagotto Romagnolo (pronounced lag-oh-toe roman-yolo) is a small to medium sized dog with thick curly fur and a bright, happy demeanor. They come in colors of brown, white, off white, and orange. Like a poodle, their fur is hypoallergenic, and they hardly shed a hair. Their drop ears are triangular but round on the ends, and their faces are full of curly fur. Loyal and obedient, the Water Dog of Romagnolo was previously used as a hunting dog, and currently used as a truffle-searching dog. Truffles are a form of edible fungi in Italy. This is the only breed used for this purpose, but he does a good job at it! Romagna Water Dogs are bred for searching things out, and their keen senses prove their worthiness in the field. They are agile, affectionate and loving. The Lagotto Romagnolo is trained easily, enjoys the company of his master and will gladly accompany you on a long walk around the block. Adaptable and intelligent, the Lagotto Romagnolo is a friend to all.
Other Names: Water Dog of Romagnolo, Romagna Water Dog
Type: Gun Dog
17 - 19 inches; Females: 14 - 18 inches.
Colors: They come
in solid colors of off white, white, and brown. They also come in colors of
white with patches of brown, orange or roan. There is a ring around the eyes,
"spectacles", ranging in color from dark yellow to dark brown.
Romagnolos are friendly, very affectionate, and enjoy being with their owners.
They are energetic, very good at tracking scents, and keen. They are good warning
dogs, due to their alert nature. Lagotto Romagnolos are hard workers with good
senses. They are very loyal and loving. They train easily, and are eager to
please. They enjoy the company of other animals and dogs, and are good with
children. They are intelligent animals that become very attached to their owners.
Watch-dog: High. Lagotto
Romagnolos are very alert and will let their owners know what is going on.
Lagotto Romagnolo Care and Training:
The Lagotto Romagnolo should not be brushed in the show ring. Their fur should
retain its curl, but not be too long to overshadow the body line. Lagotto Romagnolos'
coat should be trimmed once a year, and should be separated without tearing,
as it will mat easily. Some say the coat should be brushed regularly, while
others disagree and believe it should grow as it is as a working dog. The coat
is preferably 1.5 inches long all around. Lagotto Romagnolos are eager to learn
and are easy to train. They should be trained with positive reinforcement, and
they shouldn't be too difficult to work with. They also need regular daily exercise,
as they can become obese. They would greatly benefit from long daily walks and
play sessions with their owners, and would greatly enjoy them as well.
Lagotto Romagnolo Health Issues: Although a healthy breed, some health concerns include cerebral anomaly and hip dysplasia.
Life Span: 11 - 16 + years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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Monday, August 19, 2013