Lagotto Romagnolo

A guide to the Lagotto Romagnolo

“The Lagotto Romagnolo, Italy’s adorable ‘truffle dog,’ sports a curly coat and lavish facial furnishings. Despite their plush-toy looks, Lagotti are durable workers of excellent nose who root out truffles.”

Italians have a word for it: ‘carino.’ In English, we say ‘cute.’ In any language, this breed is totally endearing. The Lagotto Romagnolo (plural: Lagotti Romagnoli) is known for wooly curls that cover the body head to tail, crowned by a lavish beard, eyebrows, and whiskers. Lagotti stand under 20 inches and weigh no more than 35 pounds. But don’t be fooled by their teddy-bear looks, these are rugged workers of true strength and endurance. The breed’s trademark curls feel and behave more like human hair than fur.

Key Stats

Life Expectancy:
15 – 17 years
24 – 35 pounds
16 – 19 inches

Hailing from Italy, primarily known for its exceptional skills as a truffle hunter. With a curly, dense coat that is water-resistant, this breed is often recognized for its adorable teddy bear appearance

They are known to be good with children and typically get along well with other pets. Their intelligence and eagerness to please also make them highly trainable, although they may have a bit of a stubborn streak at times. Regular mental and physical stimulation is essential to keep them happy and well-behaved.

This breed’s roots as a truffle hunter have endowed it with a strong sense of smell, and Lagotto Romagnolos often excel in various dog sports and activities. Their unique combination of traits makes them adaptable to various living environments, from city apartments to more spacious rural settings. Regular grooming is necessary to maintain their curly coat and prevent matting.

Lagotto Romagnolo is a charming and versatile dog breed that brings both companionship and a touch of history to those fortunate enough to share their homes with them

An overview of the Lagotto Romagnolo

Blonde Lagotto Romagnolo , windswept in a green field
Difficulty Overview
Lagotto Romagnolo
Potential Positives
  • Good no malt breed
  • Friendly temperament
Potential Negatives
  • Very energetic
  • Vocal and protective
Family affection
Good with other dogs
Good with other children
Shedding Level –
Drool quantity –
Openness to strangers
Protectiveness –
Ease of training
Barking level –

“Naturally this overview is generic to a breed and not every single of its kind. However the information and stats we provide in our breed overviews can really make a beneficial impact on your decision making in regards to a specific breed.”

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