Lagotto Romagnolo

If I had to describe the Lagotto Romagnolo in three words, they would be: hardy, willing, and sweet.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a medium size curly coated dog, known for their ability to sniff truffles underground. The breed originates in Italy, where they were used as water retrieving dogs before the marshlands in their region were dried up in the 1800s. It is thought that the poodle, the Portuguese water dog, and the golden retriever are all descendants of the Lagotto Romagnolo.

Size: Medium


  • Males — 19 to 19 inches at the withers;
  • Females — 16 to 18 inches at the withers

Weight: 24 to 35 pounds

Coat: Short and wooly/Non-shedding

Color: Brown, brown roan, off-white, orange, white/brown, or white/orange

Hypoallergenic: Yes

Energy: High

Activities: Truffle hunting, tracking, retrieving, agility, obedience, conformation, therapy dog

Indoor/Outdoor: Both

Suitable for Apartments: Yes, with adequate exercise

Suitable for Children: Yes

In 2015, the American Kennel Club officially recognized this ancient breed. The AKC standard can be found here.

More information about the Lagotto Romagnolo can be found at: The Lagotto Romagnolo Club of America