Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolos are an Italian breed of dog from the Romagna region of Italy. Sporting curly hair and charming faces, they were originally bred as hunting dogs during the Medieval Period; however, today they are mostly kept as pets and as a different kind of hunting dog—Lagotto Romagnolos are expert truffle dogs. Their wonderful sense of smell makes them a great candidate for finding and unearthing truffles, rare and expensive mushrooms that are considered culinary delicacies.

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 17-19in

Female: 16-18in

Weight

Male: 29-35lb

Female: 24-31lb

Fun Fact

Lagotto Romagnolos were originally bred as water retrievers, which is evident in their name: “lagotto” means little lake in Italian.

About this Breed

Lagotto Romagnolos are an Italian breed of dog from the Romagna region of Italy. Sporting curly hair and charming faces, they were originally bred as hunting dogs during the Medieval Period; however, today they are mostly kept as pets and as a different kind of hunting dog—Lagotto Romagnolos are expert truffle dogs. Their wonderful sense of smell makes them a great candidate for finding and unearthing truffles, rare and expensive mushrooms that are considered culinary delicacies.

Lagotto Romagnolos are very much “working dogs” and likely won’t be satisfied if they spend most of their time indoors. Because of this, they do best with families that are active and spend a lot of time outside. If interested in truffle hunting, prospective owners can purchase Lagotto Romagnolos that were specially trained to find truffles. If kept simply as pets, however, it is very important that Lagotto Romagnolos are given enough time outside and adequate exercise, or they can become bored and subsequently destructive. Due to this, they aren’t ideal apartment dogs—though they can adapt if need be—and would generally do better in a suburban or rural environment. Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise; Lagotto Romagnolos are very intelligent and can get bored easily. Enrolling Lagotto Romagnolos in a dog sport or obedience training is a great way to keep them occupied.

Lagotto Romagnolos are very loving and loyal dogs and are a great choice for families with children and other pets. They get along well with other dogs and can do very well with cats if socialized with them from a young age. They have sweet demeanors and are relatively easy to train with proper instruction.

Another great thing about Lagotto Romagnolos is that they shed very little, and they are as close to hypoallergenic as a dog can be (though no dog is completely safe for people who are severely allergic to dogs). They make great companions for families that are sensitive to allergy issues and who are looking to add an active and sweet dog to their home.

Lagotto Romagnolos on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Lagotto Romagnolo ancestry.

  • Snickers

    Snickers

    Purebred

    Bruno

    Bruno

    Purebred

    Capicollo

    Capicollo

    Purebred

    Finley

    Finley

    Purebred

  • Winnie

    Winnie

    Purebred

    Bruno

    Bruno

    Purebred

    Rolo

    Rolo

    Purebred

    Khloe

    Khloe

    Purebred

  • Aris

    Aris

    Purebred

    Sophia

    Sophia

    Purebred

    Soffio

    Soffio

    Purebred

    Lea

    Lea

    Purebred

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Bruno
  2. Capicollo
  3. Ideal Dale Perfetto
  4. Gastone
  5. Gianduiotto
  6. GrandCru Top Gun
  7. Enzo
  8. Jasper
  9. Jork Forest Hunting BVS
  10. Brio

For Females

  1. Bella
  2. Finley
  3. Luna
  4. Cassie
  5. Brown Girl 2.12
  6. Cedar
  7. Duoforza Queenie
  8. ChocoLeche
  9. Ella
  10. Blossom

Common Locations

  1. California, United States
  2. Italy
  3. Florida, United States
  4. Pennsylvania, United States
  5. Alberta, Canada
  6. Michigan, United States
  7. Washington, United States
  8. New Brunswick, Canada
  9. Serbia
  10. Utah, United States

Discover Your Dogʼs DNA Story

Embark Dog DNA Test for Breed Identification

Breed Identification Kit

Breed ID Kit

Learn about your dogʼs breed, ancestry, and relatives.

$129

LEARN MORE

Breed + Health Kit

Breed + Health Kit

Learn about your dogʼs breed, health, traits, ancestry, and relatives.

$169

LEARN MORE

What's your primary interest in dogs?

Help us get you the most relevant information.

What kind of dogs are part of your family?

Help us get you the most relevant information.