Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolo
Lagotto Romagnolo (Photo courtesy American Kennel Club)

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 29 – 35 pounds
  • Height: 17 – 19 inches

The Look of a Lagotto Romagnolo

The Lagotto Romagnolo has a square-built, medium-sized frame covered in thick, curly hair that usually comes in white, brown, orange or white with brown/orange patches. Its somewhat large head has a square muzzle, wide nose, round eyes and hanging ears that are covered in curly hair. Its scimitar-shaped tail is usually carried high without curling over.


  • Dependable
  • Clever
  • Loving
  • Agile
  • Obedient
  • Happy

Ideal Human Companion

  • Active singles
  • Families
  • Outdoorsy types
  • Apartment dwellers
Lagotto Romagnolo running in the snow
Lagotto Romagnolo courtesy Shutterstock

What They Are Like to Live With

Around the home, the Lagotto Romagnolo loves closeness and affection. It forms a strong bond with all family members and is known to be especially gentle and playful with children. With an excellent sense of hearing, it may bark when it senses someone outside, but it becomes quieter as it matures. A happy Lagotto Romagnolo is one that’s exercised and given problem-solving tasks. If you work outside or live on a farm, get the Lagotto involved with chores and activities.

Things You Should Know

The Lagotto Romagnolo can live as long as 16 years with relatively good health. Some may develop hip dysplasia, and there have been a few cases of brain anomaly on record. Grooming the Lagotto takes some time and attention. Its rough, curly coat needs to be trimmed occasionally, but opinions differ on how often to brush or comb the coat; some owners prefer to leave it looking rustic and weathered.


Some historians date the Lagotto Romagnolo as far back as ancient Rome. Used as a water dog for hunting through the marshes of Italy’s Romagna region, it was also known as the world’s best truffle hunting dog. Today, the Lagotto still sniffs for truffles, but it’s also a favorite family pet.

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