The selection of the Lagotto Romagnolo breed. The colour of the Lagotto Romagnolo, the standard. The character and socialization of the puppies. The road PA go along to approach the Lagotto Romagnolo ideal

Medium-sized dog Lagotto Romagnolo.

Have you recently decided to add a puppy to your family? Have you always wanted a dog and it finally seems the right time has come? Have you recently discovered Lagotto Romagnolo and have you seen different sizes and sizes and this makes you wonder if it is the right dog for your flat?

Have you never had a dog or has it been a long time since you lived happily with your dog as a child? Or would you simply like to add a Lagotto as a life companion?

A medium-sized dog is ideal for living in a flat, in houses with a small garden. A medium sized dog has all the characteristics to adapt to many situations.

In the video some of our Lagotto; Chicca Ambra and Atena who cheer us up with their company on a Sunday picnic. It is always a joy to see them running outside.


The Lagotto Romagnolo is a medium-sized dog.

The Standard of Lagotto Romagnolo says it clearly.lagotto romagnolo cane taglia media

The weight and height measurements define it precisely. And yet the tonnage of the Lagotto dog is one of the questions that we are asked the most. Perhaps it is due to a certain margin that at least in height is tolerated in the standard. Even the relatively young breed still leaves some variance on the morphological and aesthetic characteristics of the various subjects.

It is worth remembering that the herd book of the breed is still open. This means that some dogs presumed to be Lagotto Romagnolo can be recognised as dogs belonging to the breed. There is obviously a path of recognition to follow, but the aim is clear, the desire not to lose the genetic heritage of this breed that has been recovered with so much effort and finally recognized by the International Dog Federation FCI.

Returning to the typical measures of the Lagotto Romagnolo, even if with the distinction on the slight variance of the morphological characteristics mentioned above, whether it is a female of 11 kg or a 14 kg female or a 13 kg male rather than a 16 kg male, the Lagotto Romagnolo is a medium-sized dog.

In the picture we see one of our 5 months old puppies living in a house with a garden, she is a pet dog, for other things with a giant rabbit. Exactly the almost total disappearance of the hunting instinct of the Lagotto.

The breeds of dogs considered of medium size range from 8 kg to 25 kg in weight. These breeds are generally very appreciated for the possibility of living in a flat, being able to adapt to the life of families with children.

At the same time they have characteristics of strength and resistance that are not delicate but suitable, and let me say satisfied, to sustain efforts.

We who are lovers of the breed know that in addition to everything that a medium-sized dog offers, and this is no small thing, the Lagotto Romagnolo puts its own spin on it. These are topics of our other articles but his character, his docile temperament and his curly hair make him an Italian excellence.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a breed dog of Italian origin, also know as Italian Water Dog, of medium size and with characteristics increasingly appreciated in the world.

The success of the Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolo owes its demographic growth in Italy mainly to the search for truffles. The number of people who in recent years have approached the truffles world has increased considerably. Newcomers have relied on the undoubted qualities of Lagotto Romagnolo. The fame of his exploits soon came to the ears of older hunters truffle. Wandering around the woods, there are less and fewer mestizos who strive for the truffle.

Those who used mestizo to search for truffles are often not interested in the pedigree of their puppy. And then they have done other litters. The lagottos without pedigree have begun to grow. Puppies of which we know nothing about the consanguinity, much less the inherited pathologies.

Despite this, the number of Lagotto Romagnolo officially present in Italy has grown. From the Enci data we went from 1127 dogs in 2007 to 2198 dogs in 2016.

The Lagotto Romagnolo in a few years has gone from being a niche dog to a real pet dog.

Lagotto Romagnolo: Pet dog

Many of the people who approach the truffle after some experience leave this hobby. Yes! It is an hobby, translated in Italian a pastime that takes time and passion. The pleasure of having a Lagotto Romagnolo has satisfied its owners even when they stopped hunting truffle. These in particular have advertised the excellent capacity of the Lagotto Romagnolo exclusively as a companion dog. And this process is constantly growing.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is truly an exceptional dog.

His fame soon arrived also abroad. There are numerous kennel clubs Lagotto Romagnolo all over the world, the American Kennel Club is among the most numerous. In Europe, Kennel Club Lagotto is present in Spain, France, England, Germany, Sweden, etc. The Lagotto Romagnolo breedings are now present in every country. They are not as widespread as in Italy, but such as to allow shows and national champions titles a bit throughout Europe. The peculiarity is that in these countries there is no mention of truffles. The breed is appreciated for its morphology, character and its excellent qualities as a companion dog. To be considered certainly among the breeds of dogs suitable for children.

Lagotto Romagnolo: Diffusion and curiosity

More and more often they approach this breed people and families who have never had a dog. Feedbacks are always enthusiastic. Those who have had dogs of other breed or mestizos gets informetions about Lagotto Romagnolo and remains fascinated by the descriptions of character and temperament. Talking with the owners of our puppies or with those who have a lagotto Romagnolo makes it clear how much is appreciated the coexistence with dogs of this breed.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is giving a beautiful image of himself.

In the long time it will bring this breed to be among the most appreciated in Italy and also in the world. Reading a National Geographic article the only thing that seems to be lacking for the definitive consecration of the Lagotto Romagnolo it is a triggering event. The National Geographic article shows how the popularity of many dog breeds is due to a Film. Then is the dog to be appreciated or not. Over the years the popularity of Dalmata, settler and Border Collie has followed. The no-easy coexistence with dogs of these breeds has seen fade from the advertising of the films. Over a decade they have lost their popularity as family dogs suitable for families. The Labrador and the German Shepherd otherwise have been able to maintain and increase their success even after decades from the film that they saw as protagonists.

At the moment the Lagotto Romagnolo is creeping slowly into the undergrowth, forgive me for the truffle metaphor, waiting for this film of sure success.

The date is 9/8/2017…. in case the film is really made!

Coupling Lagotto Romagnolo: The Stud

For a small breeding as we are, with a small number of females and Stallions, it is sometimes essential to turn to Stallions from other Lagotto Romagnolo farms.

Serious breedings even if they have many dogs sometimes turn externally to look for something that they lack. For those who breed, it is necessary to ask externally for a stallion (Stud) are additional costs.

It is a matter of priority! If quality comes before quantity.

What we do is a selection process similar to what our customers do when they decide to buy a puppy. We turn to breeders that we trust and esteem.

We know that the quality we are looking for is the quality we will find in our puppies.

Being a Male of Lagotto Romagnolo is not enough to be a stallion, Stud.

The ultimate goal is to give birth to healthy and beautiful puppies. Balanced and happy dogs, good specimens of their breed. In other words, the improvement of the breed through the selection of breeders.

Genetic improvement is a process of modifying the genetic heritage of the breed. It is implemented through the empirical and visible selection of the best subjects (phenotypes). Through the knowledge and study of genomes (genotypes).

The male in reproduction plays a fundamental role. Stallions should provide the offspring with those qualities that the female may lack.

  • Our Thor Odinson is a selected breeder and has all the credentials to be considered a stallion. PEDRO is a Lagotto of the highest genealogy with the highest health requirements and with offspring that testifies to its quality. Yago we have kept him with us for the important genealogy, his offspring are filling us with satisfaction. Yago is still avalaible for artificial insemination from frozen semen.
  • They are available for mating with females checked with official X-rays for dysplasia and genetic tests for breed diseases.
  • Our Pedro as well as Yago are perfect breeders for morphology and genealogy. Free from all genetic diseases of the breed and clean for dysplasia resulting HD A ED0 at official control is available for mating. The results of the DNA controls allow to mate with all females guaranteeing puppies not affected by LSD, Juvenile Epilepsy and Furnishing.
    For those who choose one of our Male breeders we will be available to provide our support from pregnancy to puppy foster care. By publishing on our website the litter to find excellent families also for our Male puppies.

When a Male from Lagotto Romagnolo is a valid Breeder.


The character of the dog is part of phenotypical evaluations. The Stallone must be a balanced dog. It is very important!

We breed with care and attention to the socialization of the puppies, but it is essential that the genetic component of the puppies regarding the character aspects is good.


Every owner sees his dog as the most beautiful and good in the world. Since they are animals who know how to love us and also know how to be loved, it is very difficult for an owner to be objective.

Relying on experienced judges participating in an exhibition helps to understand the merits and defects of the Stallone.

Health and genetics

For the Lagotto Romagnolo there are recognized pathologies in the breed. The Mares and also the Stallone must have a clear picture of health.

Dysplasia is evaluated empirically (phenotype). Official X-rays certified on the pedigree by the reading centers. In Italy FSA and CELEMASCHE

The genetic diseases of Lagotto Romagnolo are Juvenile Epilepsy (JE) Lysosomal Storage Disease (LSD) and Furnishing.

Attitude to Work

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a working dog. The only recognized breed for truffle hunting. The Stallone will also have this quality.

If the ambition is to have puppies that will be excellent companions in life, in our opinion, the ability of the stallion to search for truffles can be considered “sometimes” an accessory dowry.

The Lagotto Romagnolo breed club organizes events. Truffle hunting trials, in which the ability of the dogs is evaluated by expert judges.

Offspring and genealogy

Evaluation of offspring and knowledge of ancestors are important indicators of a dog’s validity as a breeder. If the offspring and ancestors of a dog have shown excellent character and morphological or attitudinal qualities at work, we are faced with an excellent Stallone.

All colors of Lagotto Romagnolo

The color of the fur of the Lagotto Romagnolo goes from white to brown passing through the orange. The coat color can be: white, white to orange patches or to brown patches, orange, brown and finally brown roan.  The brown roan is the result of a white pat of brown. It can take on more or less intense shades, almost as if it were grey.

What about black? Black is not allowed by the breed standard.

The color of Lagotto Romagnolo as a puppy

The color of the Lagotto Romagnolo as a puppy is never the color as an adult.

A puppy with completely white hair from certainties. Except that then growing is likely to see some orange patches on the ears or chin.A puppy with an orange coat usually keeps its orange coat. Only a few changes of tone are very likely. The puppy with the Brown coat can keep it. More often it turns into a roan also light tending to gray. Most puppies are born white with brown patches.

if we see pictures of litter of lagotto Romagna, we will see that many puppies are just like that, white to brown patches. The color of the Lagotto Romagnolo as an adult will be a roan, whose intensity also depends on the color of the parents. What I could notice is that puppies that are born with the nose and palms of the feet of pink color keep the coat white to brown patches..

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The color of Italian Water Dog

Puppies that have the nose and palms of the feet of brown color from adults are roans.

The puppies in the photo are already two months old and as an adult the one on the left has become a brown Lagotto Romagnolo roano. The rightmost puppy is a white and brown puppy with patches.

From the image you can already see quite well how the color of the undercoat is already widely patted brown all over the body.

At birth Rusty had a brown nose and palms on his feet. His not yet curly hair was completely white with patches.

is the color of Lagotto Romagnolo puppy important?

De Gustibus non disputandum est, our ancestors said.

A phrase that aims to emphasize that it is nothing more than wasted time discussing people’s tastes.

The Lagotto Romagnolo da Tartufo is generally preferred in white. They are easier to see in the woods and therefore can be better identified and managed.

Those who choose a puppy from Lagotto Romagnolo are often influenced by the color to make the choice of the puppy even if the color of the coat will change with the growth of the puppy. However, we have seen what the possible changes are.

Our certainty is that when your puppy becomes a member of the family he will be appreciated for other qualities, character and temperament in the first place. And he will be adored and pampered as he deserves. The color of the coat as an adult will always go well because it will be the color of our Lagotto Romagnolo.

To understand if a lagotto Romagnolo has morphological and characteristic characteristics typical of the breed, we must refer to the standard Enci-FCI. The Standard 325/bis defines the characteristics of the Lagotto Romagnolo. Lagotto Romagnolo is an internationally recognized Italian breed dog. It was the 10 Mazo 1995 when it was awarded the recognition by the FCI and its translations of the standard in German, Spanish, French and English.

Lagotto Romagnolo Features

Origin: Italy use: Dog specialised in the search for truffles on any type of land classification FCI: Group 8 carrying dogs, search dogs and water. SEZ 3 Water Dogs Short Historical notes: Ancient breed in water present since the sixteenth century in the valleys of Comacchio and in the lagoons Ravenna and then diffused, from the end of the nineteenth century, in the plains and hills of Romagna with the precise function of dog D To truffles. General aspect: The Lagotto Romagnolo is a medium-small mole dog, of rustic appearance, strongly built and very well proportioned, with dense and curly hair with woolly texture. The general conformation is that of a slight mesomorph whose trunk is in the square, harmonic with respect to the size (heterometrics) and didymonic with respect to the profiles (alloidism). Important proportions: The length of the head reaches the 4/10 of the height at the withers. The muzzle length is less than 2/10 compared to the length of the skull (i.e. the muzzle is about 44% of the total length of the head). The height of the side is somewhat less than 50% of the height at the withers and may touch 44% of this height. Behavior and Character: the function of Lagotto Romagnolo consists in the search for truffles, a work that carries out with passion and efficiency exploiting its innate aptitude for search and excellent smell. Having erased the hunting instinct, in his work is not distracted by the wild and can be considered the only real specialist for the search for truffles. Sober, intelligent, affectionate, highly attached to the master and easily trainable, the Lagotto Romagnolo is also an excellent dog and pet.


Moderately massive and trapezoidal in shape seen from above, it has the upper longitudinal axes of the skull and muzzle among them slightly divergent. Its length reaches 4/10 height at the withers. The cephalic index ranges from 50 to 54. The skin is adherent to the underlying tissues, smooth and taut. Skull region: The skull is wide to the cheekhead. Its length corresponds to 56% of the total length of the head and the width (bizygomatic diameter) is equal to the length. Seen in front looks arched. Profile forms a very open arch that attenuates in the occipital region. Frontal breasts well developed in the three dimensions, marked supracciliary arches, nasal-frontal depression (stop) not too accentuated but evident, pronounced medium-frontal sulcus, short and relatively depressed occipital ridge, were over-orbital ( fontanelles) slightly marked.

Muzzle region

Truffle: Voluminous, with very wide nostrils, open and mobile. Very pronounced median groove. In profile It is on the same line of the nasal barrel and protrudes imperceptibly on the anterior face of the jaws lips: well developed. The branches of the mandible are quite straight and the mandibular body is strong and relatively wide. The teeth are white, complete for development and number, with a scissor or pincer incisors, tolerated the reversed scissor (antiversion of the lower incisors). Cheeks: Flat masseters. Eyes: Large, rounded and slightly outcrop. The color of the iris goes from the ochre to dark hazelnut and brown depending on the mantle. Sub-frontal positions have adherent eyelids with pigmented margins in the different shades of brown. Extremely developed lashes. Attentive, intelligent and vivacious expression. Ears: Moderately large in relation to the head volume, with slightly rounded apices. Triangular-shaped with a rather wide base, attached just above the zygomatic arch, resting pendants at rest or slightly detected in attention. If stretched, they reach the nasal barrel at 1/4 of its length. The fur on the ears tends to open the hedgehog while keeping himself always well moved. There is no portion of ear with short hair. The inside of the headset is covered with hairs.


slightly arched upper. Absolutely no deerthe. Just shorter than the head (8.5/10 of the total length of the head), has a perimeter that can reach, in males, double its length. Strong, muscular, dry, oval section, with good detachment from the back of the neck.


It is strongly constructed and harvested (its length coincides with the height with the withers). Upper line: rectilinear from the withers towards the rump. Withers: It exceeds the level of the rump and although not too tight it is however quite high and prolonged backwards. Back: straight, very muscular. Its length corresponds to about 33% of the height at the withers. Loin: short, very solid, slightly convex in profile, well connected with back and rump. Its length corresponds to 1/6 of the height at the withers, while the width equals and sometimes exceeds the length slightly. Croup: Long (about 32% of the height at the withers), broad (on average 24% of the height at the withers), muscular, slightly inclined (the inclination of the coxal goes from 25 ° A30 °). According to the inclination of the Coxale: The rump is defined: horizontal from 15 ° to 25 °-inclined from 25 ° to 35 °-oblique or Avvalley over 35 °

Cost: Well developed. Descended to the elbow, its perimeter exceeds 1/5 the height with the withers, its transverse diameter, which is maximum at half of the thoracic height, it touches 31% of the height with the withers, its depth reaches 54% of the height with the withers, its height touches the 44% Height at the withers. Before it presents a very slight hint of fairing and then widen considerably backwards starting from the sixth coast.

Bottom line: The sternum-ventral profile shows a long sternal region which, tending to the straight line in a first short section, then continues in a very large semicircle with a very wide rope, gently rising towards the abdomen that is not too retracted.


Inserted at half-height, tapered at the tip, if stretched it touches the hock. It is covered with woolly and shaggy hair. Brought to Scimitar in repose, he rises decidedly in attention. In work or when the dog is excited can also be brought considerably raised on the back line, but never curved ring.

Front limbs

General examination: Regular Appiombi both in profile and in front. The height of the limbs at the elbow borders 56% of the height at the withers.

Shoulder: Long (reaches 30% of the height at the withers), oblique (52 °/55 °), muscular, strong, adherent to the thorax but free in movements. The scapulohumomal angle oscillates between 110 ° and 115 °.

Arm: Muscular, of dry skeleton, its length corresponds to 30% of the height to the withers. Its inclination on the horizon varies from 58 ° to 60 °.

Forearm: Perfectly vertical, oval section, with compact frame. Its length corresponds to 36% of the height at the withers.

Elbows: Long, prominent, well adherent but not tightened to the side, covered with dry skin, must lie like the omeres on a plane strictly parallel to the sagittal one of the trunk. The tip of the elbow (Olecranic epiphyses) is located on the vertical lowered from the caudal angle of the scapula to the ground.

Carpo: Seen in front follows the vertical line of the forearm. It is dry, thick and mobile. The pisiform bone is well protruding.

Metacarpus: of thickness rather inferior to the forearm, it is dry, elastic, with minimal subcutaneous cellular tissue. Seen in front of his direction must be on the same vertical plane through the forearm, seen in profile form an angle with the ground di75 °/80 °.

Foot: Rounded front feet, compact and with arched fingers and gathered. Strong and curved nails. Good pigmentation of the orthotics and digital bearings. Very developed interdigital membrane.

Hind limbs

Overall judgement: Regular Appiombi, powerful rear train and well-represented to the mole of the dog.

Thigh: Long (up to 35% of the height at the withers), with well highlighted and clearly divided muscles, it has a slight posterior convexity. The axis of the femur, somewhat oblique from top to bottom and backward forward, has an inclination of 80 ° on the horizontal, the coxo-femoral angle is therefore about 105/110 °. The vertical plane passing through the thigh, in relation to the median plane of the body, is parallel.

Leg: A little longer than the thigh (about 36% of the height at the withers), with good bone and musculature, the groove is well highlighted. Its inclination on the horizontal ranges from 50 ° to 55 ° with a patellofemoral-tibial angle of about 130/135 °. Its direction is parallel to the median plane of the body.

Hock: wide, thick, dry, with well-highlighted bony saliences, parallel with respect to the median plane of the body. The Tibio-metatarsal angle is about 140 °.

Metatarsal: dry, cylindrical, always perpendicular to the ground.

Foot: Hind feet slightly more ovaleggianti than the front and with a slightly less arched phalanges.


Ordinary step. decided trot and spirited. Tracts of gallop.


Well-adherent to the body in each region, thin, with poor subcutaneous cellular tissue. It must not form wrinkles. The pigment of the mucous membranes and serous leaves from light brown to dark brown or very dark, equally for carpal, digital and plantar bearings.


Hair with woolly texture, semi-rough on the surface, with a very narrow curl, arched ring, with evident undercoat. Never interwoven to form cords or ringlets.

The curl must be evenly distributed throughout the body, except on the head where the hedgehog tends to open. Mustacchi, beard and eyebrows well supplied. Even the cheeks are covered with thick fur. The covering hairs and especially the undercoat are water repellent. Since the fur, if not cut, tends to felting, it is necessary at least one complete shearing per year, in addition to the periodic elimination of the fur and the felted undercoat.

Colour: uncoloured dirty white, white with brown or orange stains, brown roan, uncoloured brown (in different shades), uncoloured orange. In Some subjects there is a brown mask or a dark head.

Garrese height

Males: from 43 to 48 cm (ideal 46 cm)

Females: from 41 to 46 cm (ideal 43 cm)

Tolerance of 1 cm more or less.


Males: from 13 to l6 kg females: from 11 to 14 kg


Any deviation from the characteristics indicated in the description of each region constitutes a defect which in the judgement must be penalized in relation to its seriousness and diffusion.

Eliminatory defects: Convergence of cranio-facial axes, concave nasal cane, accentuated and disfiguring prognathism, partial depigmentation, bilateral strabismus, uncurled or sheared hair at zero, black or piebald mantle, presence of spurs, tail Amputated, height at the withers above or below the prescribed limits.

Disqualification defects: enognathism, Monorchidism, cryptorchidism, total depigmentation, Gazebos eye.