Believed to be the ancestor of modern water dogs, the Lagotto Romagnolo, or “Romagna Water Dog,” is a hardworking, energetic and loyal dog from the Italian countryside. They can be dated back to 1200 A.D.
Though bred for water work, the breed’s sharp sense of smell and strong tracking skills make the Lagotto Romagnolo a popular truffle hunter.
AKC recognized them in 2015. There are only 500 registered Lagottos in the USA to date! They are very rare.
They are hypoallergenic and do not shed. My friend has a son that is extremely allergic to dogs and a Lagotto does not affect him at all.
Eager to please, the Lagotto is affectionate and undemanding. Loyal, intelligent and athletic. They excel at AKC events such as Agility, Rally, Obedience, Fly Ball, Dock Diving, Therepy Dog and many more.
Males — 17 to 19 inches at the withers; Females — 16 to 18 inches at the withers
24 to 35 pounds
Brown, brown roan, off-white, orange, white/brown, or white/orange
Hypoallergenic, non shedding. Soft, curly locks.
The Lagotto comes in many colors but you will never find a purebred Lagotto that is black or any variation of black. Lagottos will always have a brown nose.
Here are some coat colors
Brown with White (traditional)
Orange with White
Brown with tri points
Roan with tri points
White with brown
We had such a blast at the 2021 meetup that we are planning for a 2022 meetup already! more info will be available early 2022!