The Lagotto is a quaint breed used to retrieve water in 16th century, Italy. Their specific water retrieving areas were the lowlands of Comacchio and the marshlands of Ravenna. They are the only breed used in the search of truffles and they have been selected to do so, on all kinds of ground. Thanks to the exceptional sensation of smell and high degree of concentration of this breed, that since 19th century they have been used in search of truffles on a flat open country turf. They are very popular in Sweden.
This happy-go-lucky breed is the most popular breed of Sweden. It’s because of the sweet, friendly personality of the Lagotto that it always leaves fans behind. This intelligent breed has a gifted nose and its sense of smell can’t be deviated by any other smell in its search missions.
- Activity Level:4/5 (very playful)
- Intelligence Level:4.5/5 (highly intelligent)
- Curiosity:4/5 (highly curious)
- Friendliness:3.5/5 (friendly)
- Vocal:2.5/5 (not very loud)
The Lagotto is a medium-sized dog with a big head and a square structure. All its muscles are well-built and its dense and wooly coat makes it look very fluffy and cute. Also, the curly, wooly coat protects it from the thorns in the bushy areas where it is usually searching for the truffles.
- Fur: The Lagotto’s have a velvety coat which comes in various colors such as off whit, white with brown patches, solid white, brown or rust.
- Eyes: The eyes are big and round with colors usually varying from dark brown to dark yellow, depending on the coat color.
- Body Structure: The well-proportioned built of a Lagotto and its hard muscles are covered by the wooly and dense coat.
- Facial Features: The breed has its face covered by hair but the big round eyes are clearly visible.
- Weight: The ales of this breed usually weigh around 28-35 pounds while the females are about 24-31 pounds.
Lagotto Romagnolo is an otherwise healthy animal except for its high tendency to get affected by Benign Familial Juvenile Epilepsy which is characterized by seizure in pups and can be quite fatal. A DNA test is supposed to check whether the breed has this particular disease or not along with the mutation levels.
The owners must really be happy that the Lagotto is not a heavy shedder considering the amount of fur it has. Though, its dense coat needs to be brushed on a regular basis to avoid serious tangles. Tooth check -up must take place at least twice a month and its nose should be cleaned whenever the pet faces any blockage.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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