Lagotto Romagnolo

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Lagotto Romagnolo
Lagotto Romagnolo
FCI Standard No. 298
Origin :


Alternative names:

Romagna Water Dog
Italian Truffle Dog

Withers height:

Bitches: 41–46 cm
 (ideally 43 cm)
Males : 43–48 cm
 (ideally 46 cm)
Tolerance: ± 1 cm


Bitches: 11–14 kg.
Males: 13–16 kg

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The Lagotto Romagnolo ( Italian for water dog of Romagna ) is an Italian dog breed recognized by the FCI ( FCI Group 8, Section 3, Standard No. 298 ), which is used in its area of ​​origin to search for truffles.

Origin and history

The Lagotto Romagnolo is one of the very old breeds of water dogs . The Lagotto was mentioned as early as the 17th century. The "Vallaroli" (lagoon hunters) use the Lagotto Romagnolo in swamp and swamp areas. At that time, his task was to find and retrieve shot water game. The curly, slightly oily fur typical of water dogs made it possible to work unscathed even in ice-cold water. Since the end of the 19th century after the reclamation of the wetlands, the breed has been used as a truffle hunter in Romagna and usually shows hardly any hunting behavior.

The name "Lagotto" therefore certainly comes from its original function as a water dog. In the Romagna dialect, "Càn Lagòt" means "water dog" or "dog with curly hair for hunting in the marshland".


The Lagotto grows up to 48 cm tall and weighs 16 kg, it is a well-proportioned (square), strongly built dog . Its fur is woolly, a bit rough on the surface, with tightly rolled ring-shaped curls. The coat of the Lagotto Romagnolo can be colored in various ways: monochrome dirty-white, dirty-white with brown or orange spots, monochrome brown in various shades, monochrome orange or moldy brown, brown to dark brown masks are permitted. The Lagotto doesn't shed.


The Lagotto Romagnolo is easy to train. He is playful, lively and bright, and eager to work. His natural talent for hunting and his excellent sense of smell favored his transition to a truffle dog .

The Lagotto is a very good companion and guard dog and is well suited for various dog sports .


The breed is affected by an autosomal recessive form of epilepsy . The first seizures usually occur between the 5th and 9th week of life. Of 576 dogs of the breed examined, 32% were carriers. A corresponding genetic test is available.

Another race specific disease is the lysosomal memory defect (LSD) . This is a neurodegenerative hereditary disease. The age of onset in affected dogs varies between 4 months and 4 years of life. It is an autosomal recessive inheritance and can be detected with a corresponding genetic test . Less than 6% (myDogDNA) of the Lagotti Romagnoli are carriers.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Andrea Fischer u. a .: The idiopathic epilepsy of the dog. Enke, Stuttgart 2013, ISBN 978-3-8304-1265-6 , p. 23.

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