The Lagotto Romagnolo

Breed description

The Lagotto Romagnolo, also known as the Italian truffle dog, is an old breed that has not been recognized for such a long time as many other breeds. In 1995 the breed was recognized by the FCI, in 2005 the final recognition came.

Originally the lagotto was used in the marshes around Ravenna for hunting small waterfowl. With the dryness of the marshes, the lagotti were increasingly used to search for truffles in the adjacent area in Emilia-Romagna.

The Lagotto is generally a fast and agile dog, which makes it very useful for work in the hills and on uneven ground. They have a natural urge to search and are very focused on their boss. The Lagotto is intelligent, can be reserved with strangers and is in general vocal. In house they are quiet and playful, outside they love to go running and digging. The Lagotto is suitable for multiple forms of dog sport. They perform well in, among other things, obedience, agility and flyball.

The lagotto has a curly coat that will felt if not trimmed. The Lagotto is brown, white or orange. With or without markings which are single-colored or roan. There are also dogs with tan markings. Most brown and orange dogs have a genetic factor that will fade the color and therefore  they do not remain as dark in color as they are born. Occasionally shorthaired dogs are born. This is due to the cross-breeding with other breeds in the past.

The beautiful coat of the Lagotto requires a lot of maintenance. The coat does not shed, but the undercoat must be removed periodicaly. Every month a good brushing and at least four times a year a grooming session is really necessary. The hairs in the opening of the ear canal should be removed when they are released to prevent problems. When this is taught to young puppies, there will not be problems in the future during grooming.
Depending on the speed with which the nails grow, they must be cut weekly, twice weekly or monthly.


As with every specimen, genetic defects also occur with the Lagotto Romagnolo. At this moment in the Netherlands it is mandatory to test the lagotto on the following points; hip dysplasia, hereditary eye diseases, Benign Familial Juvenile Epilepsy (BFJE), Lagotto Storage Disease (LSD) and HUU.
In addition, it is possible to test the knees (Patella luxations), the elbows (ODC, LPC, LPA, incogruence) and to demonstrate trough a DNA test whether or not the dog is a carrier of the short hair gene (Furnishing ). For more detailed information about the health of the Lagotto, please visit to the Health page.