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.

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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.

Does your Lagotto Romagnolo bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Lagotto Romagnolo puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 28-35; Female: 24-32 lbs
Male: 17-19; Female: 14-16 inches
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Lagotto Romagnolo Questions

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.

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.

I heard there may be issues with hip dysplasia and epilepsy in certain breeding lines in the Lagotto Romagnolo breed; how do I take caution to avoid this when choosing a puppy?

It is all in the breeder. Your breeder should have all their dogs tests with Hip-Penn or OFA, as well as the parents and grandparents of the puppy should be tested as well. There should be no history of epilepsy in the linage of the puppy and that should be certified by a vet.

Do Lagotto Romagnolo dogs shed on a regular basis?

Actual quote of breed description above ---> "The coat of the Lagotto Romagnolo is thick, curly, and wool-like. This breed is considered to be hypoallergenic and non-shedding."

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