- SIZE: 3
- GROOMING:: 8
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 7
- WATCHDOG: 6
- BREED: Lagotto Romagnolo
- COLOR(S):Brown and white, orange and white, cream, orange, brown, and brown roan.
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.
Lagotto 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.
The Lagotto Romagnolo\'s coat consists of woolly, curly and thick fur. Their coats are hypoallergenic and said not to shed. It mats easily. 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.
Although a healthy breed, some health concerns include cerebral anomaly and hip dysplasia.
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 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. The Lagotto Romagnolo is adaptable to most living situations. They are small enough to live in an apartment if given enough exercise. Otherwise, the breed is well adapted to live in the country or suburbia. Owners beware, however, this breed likes to dig. The best owner for this breed would be an active family or individual living in a rural or suburban environment.