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