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

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!

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.

The humans who like the Lagotto

The Lagotto Romagnolo is the dog suitable for you, but You are suitable for the Lagotto Romagnolo? Which are the characteristics of the owners and the family who decide  to indulge themself in the amazing friendship of a Lagotto Romagnolo.

Family composition

Number of people composing the household: there is no minimum number, from one up it always right.

Who can take care of the dog during our absence: The Lagotto is not a dog that required too commitment. Can endure a few days of relative calmness. You can rely on some familiar who already knows and who can look after it. Grandparents are often very happy to provide this service. Alternatively you can turn to Dog-Sitter that can meet the needs of movement and pampering of the Lagotto. Dog-sitters are often canine educators or have diplomas that certify their ability beyond the desire to spend hours with a dog.

Children’s presence: The Lagotto loves children, he does everything and they are excellent playmates. A particular eye should be given to the puppy if the child is still too small. It’ll be a strong friendship that will see them grow together.

Family Lifestyle

House: A garden or a large balcony facilitates the management of a dog, especially a puppy. It is not indispensable however for the Lagotto Romagnolo.

The Lagotto knows how to live in the apartment.

The Lagotto does not lose fur and also for this is a hypoallergenic dog. It doesn’t smell like a typical hunting dog. They are all elements that greatly facilitate coexistence.

Dynamism: quiet in the house and dynamic outdoors. A real funny dog. He is sufficently patience to wait for the moment of maximum fun and recreation. He loves water and a trip to the lake to the river or to the sea makes him tireless and happy.

Presence in the house other animals: the cat but also other animals do not arouse aggressive instincts in the Lagotto.

The leader of the Lagotto dog is authoritative, never authoritarian.

The management of a lagotto is very easy. The Lagotto’s innate desire to be close to his own family is often enough to create an excellent relationship based on respect and desire to do things together.

Respect: The Lagotto is very intelligent and respectful. There will be no need to repeat the same. Just be consistent and polite to grow with respect a balanced and perfectly integrated adult.

Firmness: For the Lagotto Romagnolo is not a decisive feature. Being a stationary master can help any dog in the educational process. The Lagotto is not a dog that will often ask us to have recourse to this dowry.

Dedication: Spending time with our dog improves the understanding and allows us to better understand his language and therefore his needs.

Authoritativeness: firmness, dedication and calmness, will make us an authoritative master. The ideal owner of the Lagotto is a calm person. The Lagotto who estimates his leader makes him feel a god on earth. Sorry if it is not enought!

Ability to correct mistakes: knowing how to recognize our mistakes in education is indispensable to correct them. The Lagotto will give us second chances, but if we persevere he’ll definitely take sideral distances from us by retreating into himself. We will sometimes have to change the way we relate to him and we will get completely different results. Introduce prizes and change the tone of voice or you ignore unwanted behavior when done voluntarily to attract our attentions.

Good Lagotto Romagnolo to everybody!

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.