Lagotto Romagnolo
Lagotto Romagnolo
Size
Medium
Height
Males — 19 to 19 inches at the withers; Females — 16 to 18 inches at the withers
Weight
24 to 35 pounds
Coat
Short and wooly
Color
Brown, brown roan, off-white, orange, white/brown, or white/orange
Energy
High
Activities
Truffle hunting, tracking, retrieving, agility, obedience, conformation, therapy dog

Believed to be the ancestor of modern water dogs, the Lagotto Romagnolo, or “Romagna Water Dog,” is a hardworking, energetic and loyal dog from the Italian countryside. Though bred for water work, the breed’s sharp sense of smell and strong tracking skills make the Lagotto Romagnolo a popular truffle hunter. Eager to please, the Lagotto is affectionate and undemanding, and their coat requires regular grooming.

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The Lagotto Romagnolo is the only breed recognized as a specialized truffle searcher. It is believed that the hunting instinct was bred out of the Lagotto so that game scent would not distract the Lagotto while hunting truffles.

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The Lagotto Romagnolo is preferred over traditional truffle hogs as a hunting partner because the dogs are less likely to eat the truffles.