Breeds of dogs: Lagotto Romagnolo

Breeds of dogs: Lagotto Romagnolo

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Italy.
F.C.I classification: Group 8 - retrieving dogs hunting dogs water dogs.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is an ancient breed carried over into the water. It has been present since 1800 in the marshy areas of Ravenna and in the Comacchio plains. With the reclamation of almost all the marshy areas of Italy, which took place over the centuries, the Lagotto Romagnolo had to find another job to help man and therefore he gradually specialized in the search for truffles in the open countryside and on the hilly areas of Romagna. It has become the only race recognized worldwide with this attitude. His sense of smell is simply infallible and now for him, finding a truffle has become a very easy operation.

General aspect

Medium-small size dog, with good proportions and strong appearance, robust and rustic at the same time. The aesthetic peculiarity that characterizes it is the curly and woolly hair on the whole body, including the head. The qualities of rusticity establish its functionality at work.


Canine with an expression that is always alert and attentive to everything. Very lively and jovial with the people who surround him on a daily basis, but also with strangers, as soon as he became familiar. For him, being hunted for truffles has almost become a kind of game. While doing his job he exhibits passion and efficiency. He feels expert in this type of research and loves to show off with his unsurpassed sense of smell. The hunting list has been gradually canceled, so as not to be distracted by the wild. Incredibly tied to his master; proves to be an excellent companion dog for his intelligence and obedience. It is an easily trainable breed.

Lagotto Romagnolo (photo website)

Lagotto Romagnolo (photo website)

Lagotto Romagnolo (photo


- males from 43 cm to 48 cm
- females from 41 cm to 46 cm
- males from 13 kg to 16 kg
- females from 11 kg to 14 kg

Trunk: almost equal to the height at the withers in length.
Head and muzzle: trapezoidal head with slight divergence between the upper axes of the skull and those of the muzzle. Muzzle wide enough. The ratio is 56% skull, 44% muzzle.
Truffle: on the same line as the nasal bridge, wide and voluminous.
Teeth: regularly aligned and complete in number; scissor or pincer closures and a slight prognathism are allowed.
Neck: muscular, dry and free of dewlap.
Skin: adherent in all parts of the body.
Limbs: well in front both the front and the rear. Arm wash is perfectly straight.
Shoulder: the shoulder blades are 30% long at the withers and well stretched backwards by about 53 degrees. Musculature: good especially on the hind limbs.
Upper line: straight with withers and never curved.
Tail: with right attachment point. In length it reaches up to the hocks.
Proportions: head length is equal to 4/10 of the height at the withers; muzzle length is less than 2/10 of that of the skull; the depth of the side is about half the height at the withers.
Hair: with woolly texture. Very particular. And curly all over the body. The curls must be distributed evenly.
Allowed colors: uniform off-white, white with brown spots, roan, uniform liver brown, solid orange.
Most common defects: non-standard measures, enognatism, depigmentation of the nose, cordate mantle, converging craniofacial axes, black mantle, black spots, concave nasal bridge, monorchidism, cryptorchidism.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: Meet The Breed: Lagotto Romagnolo (September 2021).