Lagotto Romagnolo

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Originating in the mountains of Romagnolo in Italy, the Lagotto Romagnolo were at first used as a water retriever and hunter. This ancient, rare breed has DNA Tested to be the foundation from which all water dogs/poodles have descended. Their most notable distinction, however, is for being the only purebred dog in the world selected to search for Truffles which is a highly priced edible fungi. They are known globally as "the Truffle Dog". Their "scent to search" capabilities are beyond any other breed known. Owned by nobility in the early 1600's - 1800's Lagotto have proven their patient, compassionate, gentle will to please.
The Lagotto Romagnolo breed is small to medium in size. They are well-built, robust, and vivacious. The Lagotto Romagnolo possesses extraordinary scenting abilities. They exhibit an attentive, alert, intelligent, and gentle, happy expression. Lagotto display an air of peacefulness with the world, with a will to please. Their patience is extra-ordinary, a testament to their survival through hundreds of years of living wild in the mountains of Romagnolo. These years have eliminated health issues by selection, now providing one of the world’s naturally healthy breeds. The onus is on selecting a breeder that breeds only top health genetics to retain these outstanding health genetics.
A loyal and affectionate breed, the Lagotto Romagnolo is an excellent family companion. They get along well with dogs and other pets they have been socialized with. They do well with children and form close attachments to their home and family. This breed is highly adept at alerting and warning their family to visitors and danger, though do not make disturbances without cause.
Being the Lagotto Romagnolo is known for being robust, ancient, rare survivors, we must recognize they are very near their wild ancestors of the Romagnolo Mountains in Italy. This gives them stamina, tenacity, resilence, caution, alertness, and all the attributes required to sustain themselves in the wild - including a warm- wool-like curly coat. Their coat sustains them in all climates of the mountains seasons - should they be brought into a house presence, then 3 month clipping is advised for a tight neat coat; however, should they be required to be a working dog as they are known, outdoors all seasons, clipping every 6 months is advised. Lagotto coats should always remain, clean whatever and whereever their service may be.
The coat of the Lagotto Romagnolo is thick, curly, and wool-like. This breed is considered to be hypoallergenic and non-shedding.
Lagotto Romagnolo's are highly intelligent and eager to learn. Early socialization and obedience are recommended. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods, they are a gentle breed that wishes to please. Training must be done with positive reinforcement, fairness, patience, and consistency, and is best done with the owners that they have bonded with and wish to please.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is not recommended for apartment living or sedentary owners. They require a moderate amount of exercise and mental stimulation. This breed enjoys a job to do in a rural setting. If they become lonely or bored they wait, making them wait for their exercise is not recommended or humane. They love to climb, run and dig as they did for centuries in the Romagnolo Mountains during their survival. They excel in tracking, agility, and obedience. Our Lagotto today are very few generations from this breed that naturally survived in the mountains, give them an opportunity for nature walks/runs for a happy Lagotto, and they give back.
Male: 28-35; Female: 24-32 lbs
Male: 17-19; Female: 14-16 inches
brown and white, off-white, orange, brown, brown roan. They may have a brown mask, but never black in their coat.
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How much do Lagotto Romagnolo puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Lagotto Romagnolo varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Lagotto Romagnolo puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Lagotto Romagnolos sold is $2,925.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Lagotto Romagnolo with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $3,400 upwards to $6,500 or even more for a Lagotto Romagnolo with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Lagotto Romagnolos sold is $2,700.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $2,925.00
Average Price: $2,700.00
Top Quality: $3,400.00 to $6,500.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 264 Lagotto Romagnolo puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Lagotto Romagnolos true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Lagotto Romagnolo Names for 2019

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 264 Lagotto Romagnolo dogs.
  • 1. Jake
  • 2. Anna
  • 3. Francesca
  • 4. Garrick
  • 5. Uncle Sam
  • 6. Amelia
  • 7. Blue
  • 8. Cupcake
  • 9. Faluna
  • 10. Forrest
  • 11. Fred
  • 12. Freya
  • 13. Hunter
  • 14. Jellybean
  • 15. Jud
  • 16. Luna
  • 17. Nina
  • 18. Oakley
  • 19. Pink
  • 20. Princess

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DCKLAGOTTO - Ducketts Lagotto Romagnolo of Canada
Member Since: October 2013
Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia
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Working Masters, the Lagotto are raised at "Lagotto Romagnolo of Canada 2000 Kennels" located on their 80 acres Truffle Plantation, Duckett Truffieres, Parksville, B.C. Canada. Lagotto work, play and live at the Headquarters of our Lagotto Romagnolo Lodge, with daily routines of activities in training at the bench. Ducketts Lagotto are Registered under the Canadian Kennel Club, Canadas only officiating Registering National Club representing the Lagotto Romagnolo Breed. CKC is celebrating 125 years of ethical responsible service of Registered dogs in Canada. Ducketts were proud to be selected by the CKC/CDJA to present their lagotto, and the conformation standard for Canada, at the CKC/CDJA Educational Conference in 2012. Ducketts continue to lead the revival of this ancient rare breed in Canada, and work diligently to raise conforming, excellent health, all around premium lagotto for companion, service, show, or breeding. The Working Masters, known globally as the "Truffle Master", are available with an approved Application, please visit Ducketts Lagotto are Premium Champion BFJE Clear, LSD Clear, OFA Good Hips/Eyes/Coat Conforming Lineage, Registered Premium CKC - Members AKC and FCI (International) Puppies are raised, but a few, reserve early for a premium Lagotto.

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Anonymous asked:
How I see the best way to select a breeder? How do you vet them to insure they aren't a puppy mill? I'm looking for a pet and companion, not a champion bloodline. Not planning it to be a show dog or for breeding, but still want to be sure I'm getting a pure breed. Any suggestions appreciated.

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Even if you are not planning on breeding or showing, by getting a puppy from a breeder that shows their dogs or has champions in the bloodline; you can be 100% sure that their dogs are purebred and registered properly. The dog should be registered with the AKC, CKC or UKC. You can check the registration paperwork online with the kennel to ensure it is not forged. Breeders whom show their animals already put in the time, effort, money to show. So you know they are not going to skimp out on health checks. But again, you can and should ask for all that information from a breeder. The best way to ensure your puppy is not coming from a puppy mill is to visit the breeder. If the breeder will not allow you at their home, then that is a HUGE red flag. Go to their home, see the dogs, ask for copies or to photograph the dogs health checks so that you can verify everything. Hips and elbows down with Penn-Hip or OFA all come with registration numbers as well so that they can be checked online.

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We live directly on a brackish water canal that is subject to tidal fluctuations. Do we need to be concerned about our Lagotto Romagnolo dog jumping into the canal to go for a swim?

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The Lagotto Romagnolo is as truly a water-dog as any other water-loving breed. So in short, yes. Your Lagotto Romagnolo is going to want to go for a swim anytime he/she gets the chance. It is best to work on a solid "Leave it" and "Come" cue to make sure that you are able to keep your dog from the canal when it is unsafe and you are not there to supervise their swimming.

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My wife and I live on Marco Island in SW Florida. Can the Lagotto Romagnolo handle that kind of heat and humidity?

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If the dog is properly groomed, has access to shade and water when outside; A/C and water inside then the dog should do just fine. Obviously be mindful of the dog and do not exercise your puppy or dog when it is the hottest part of the day. Exercising early in the morning and late in the evening when it is not so hot out would be the best.

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How do I make sure the Lagotto Romagnolo puppy is free of hip dysplasia and seizures? Do I ask for a copy of a vet evaluation for the puppy and its parents?



The parents should be OFA or Pen-Hip tested for hips -- this will tell you how the parents hips are. The rating of Good and Excellent is what you want. Fair is iffy and it is by your choice to continue with a dog that has Fair-Hips in its pedigree. As for seizures, the dam and sire should be certified by a vet, so you should ask for those records as well. But please note that hip dysplasia is not always caused by breeding, but the way the puppy is raised as well can factor into if the dog has hip problems later on in life. Make sure not to over/under exercise your dog. Make sure he/she eats good quality food, doesn't jump up/down on/off of furniture, stairs or in/out of a vehicle as a young pup. Play time with other dogs should be watched, too much rough-housing and the dog should not be encouraged to walk in slippery surfaces such as ice in the winter for he/she could slip and injure their hips and damage them.


Choose your Breeder carefully. Clean and Closed Breeders, without exposing their Lagotto to show rings, puppy parks etc, Vet Health Certified, OFA Good Hips, OFA Gd Eyes, FF Good Coat, LSD Clear, BFJE Clear, with the gentle loving affectionate personality of a good Lagotto.

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I have been reading about the Lagotto Romagnolo from different sites and realize they are a rare breed in Canada, (we live in southern Ontario). We are looking for a breed that is hypoallergenic because of allergies. I realize they are a working dog and wonder how they would adapt to our fenced-in suburban yard? We have a ravine behind our house and a wooded trail nearby. Would this be problematic, in that it would try to follow the wild animals around? We have had dogs and a Schnauzer who did not escape but liked to dig in the back yard. How long is the waiting period for a puppy, we are looking for a small male. I would also like to know how much a puppy would cost.



If you have done as much research as you say you have you would know that the dog would be fine in home-environment as long as the dogs exercise needs are met. An hour to an hour and a half of running exercise a day is necessary for this breed. The waiting period for a pup all depends on the breeder that you fine. The average cost of a puppy is between $1800.00 - $2500.00 per puppy.


Lagotto Romagnolos are adaptable to many home environments, they will wait on your off days but eagerly and patiently await exercise 3-4 days of the week. Lagottos are very few generations from their wild ancestry, where they dug, climbed, swam, or laid low in order to survive predators or elements- or to hunt. Lagottos are gentle-natured with a will to please, making them an excellent companion, service, show, or working breed. It is typical for an Elite Breeder to require an application/reserve months in advance. If you locate a Lagotto Romagnolo that is available without a waiting period, be aware for excellent choice Breeders are reserved usually prior to breeding or shortly thereafter. Elite Breeders have tested and are clear of epilepsy, hip dysplasia, or short hair coat in their genetics.


We've got Patsy! Our Lagotto is now 10 months old. We made enquiries in Italy and other parts of Europe, wanted for breeding and showing. Eventually bought one from Germany and we drove from England to collect her. After 2 months we found out she has hip displaysia, she has had one operation so far. We can't show her or breed from her now! But all I can say is we really do love this dog, and regardless of the facts, she is the most intelligent, affectionate, bubbly, tactile dog we could ever wish to own. The breeder refunded our money, and the breeding was excellent. But you never know even if they are hip scored, defects can happen. But we love our absolutely fabulous Patsy.

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Updated: 10/17/2019