The Lagotto Romagnolo is an ancient breed that can be traced back to the 1400’s in the area around Romagna, Italy. The Lagotto Romagnolo name is a nod to this dog’s place of origin and its purpose. Now a relatively rare breed, they were originally used for fowl hunting in the marshlands of Ravenna and the lowlands of Comacchio. When the marshlands were drained this breed nearly disappeared. Thankfully, some dedicated breeders preserved the lines and found a new purpose for this amazing dog. With their keen sense of smell and their natural drive to work, their nose skills have been honed to hunt truffles.
Lagottos are a medium energy dog with a strong drive to please. Many are food motivated and therefore easy to train to do tracking and scent work. They also make amazing therapy and service dogs, are great for show, and enjoy learning tricks and commands. They are a hypoallergenic, non shedding, medium sized dog with a curly coat ranging in colors of roan, gray, apricot, brown and white, and all brown or all white. They are great family dogs that love water, love to play with toys and be outside, but also settle inside close to their family. They are protective but not aggressive and most of all they are professional snugglers! We think they are practically perfect in every way.