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Cura del pelo del Lagotto Romagnolo Toelettare e Tosare

The Lagotto Romagnolo does not lose hair. His cloak is one of the strengths of this breed. Who has a Lagotto Romagnolo does not find annoying hairs around the house, couch or car. Who has a Lagotto Romagnolo for truffles, with the management of shearing will have a dog suitable for all seasons. The Lagotto Romagnolo should not be brushed for any reason. Using combs with steel teeth not too sparse. The breed standard provides a curly coat and a rustic look.

The combing is targeted to keeping the hair clean and free of knots.

Behind the ears and under the armpits are the points where the hair felts more easily. Grooming should never be excessive. We must not confuse our Lagotto Romagnolo with a Poodle, I want not offend the owners of the Poodles. A small video that helps you understand how the main grooming operations take place. Operations we will however go below to describe specifically for the Lagotto Romagnolo.

Care of the mantle of a pet Lagotto

With the arrival of the heat and to renew the mantle an annual shearing it is necessary. The period generally coincides with the arrival of the heat may-June. With a short hair the Lagotto can walk and run for meadows without filling with annoying and dangerous pellets of grasses.

The fur on the head and on the legs grows slower. In these two areas the hair is kept slightly longer.

The tools needed for the management of the mantle are the shearer, the scissors and a comb.

  • The shearer must necessarily be professional otherwise after three shearing we have to throw it and we will never do a good job. The blades must be well oiled and usually 3mm high. An alternative it is to turn to dog grooming. Only a recommendation: give him a picture of the head lagotto, too often Lagotto exit as Poodles, but the Lagotto is another dog breed . The number of annual shearing is limited then it’snt so expensive.
  • The scissors can also be common scissors if we have no intentions to participate in shows. Sometimes it may be necessary to make small finishes. The grooming from shows is very complex and not all groomer know how to groom a Lagotto Romagnolo for show.
  • The comb as mentioned is a teeth not too sparse and steel. The purpose is to keep the hair clean and the hedgehog in order without knots.

If we exclude particular situations that have dirtied our dog indecently, the complete bath can be limited to once for year. When it must be evalueted according to the season. The conditions of the mantle particularly full of knots can induce us to an extraordinary bath. A conditioner can help to better untangle the knots. Then we can proceed with a slight lowering of the length of the hair.

Due to a different PH of the pet’s skin compared to humans, its should be used Dog products.

Care of the mantle of lagotto used for hunting truffles

The fur of the Lagotto Romagnolo is an important protection against water and cold.

With a thick coat, the lagotto enters in the stain to recover the most cramped truffles and easily exceeds the shrubs in the woods.

Usually we proceed with a couple of shearing for year. The first with the start of the warm season for the renewal of the mantle. It is then repeated in order to go in search of truffles in the summer. The short hair , let feel less the heat, its also are not filled with annoying and dangerous grasses and other seeds of the season.
In Tuscany from September begins the search for the white truffle. The arrival of autumn open all the regions to the white truffle, the Magnatum Pico. To be ready, the coat of the lagotto must be left growand not sheared for a couple of months. Conversely we will see our lagotto stop in front of the barrier of stain which typically protects the terrain where is the white truffle.

A truffle hunter who loves his lagotto will take care of the mantle weekly. After each exit check the need to wash the lagotto or a nice combed. Often he proceeds manually to remove grass or other seeds present in the fur

When the first grooming to a puppy of Lagotto Romagnolo

When it is the opportune time to have the first snip to the fur of the puppy of Lagotto it’s a controversial issue. Somebady believes grooming too early it can make the hedgehog lose. Others think a nice grooming strengthens the fur.
I do not think the hedgehog depends on when we cut for the first time the fur of our puppy. It depends on nature and how we will keep it in order with constancy. Around three months old we can strìart to shorten the length of the mantle. We remove the necessarily felted hair that the puppy has been wearing from birth. How much shortening depends substantially from circumstances.

The outside temperature, the climate and where the puppy spends most of the time are the elements to be assessed to decide how much to shorten the length of the mantle. He lives in the house or in the garden..

Grooming our Lagotto Romagnolo puppy with constancy accustomed him to this moment. Starting soonly he will get used to being handled being quiet.

Cleaning the ears of the Lagotto

The control and cleaning of the ears of Lagotto Romagnolo are operations to always keep in mind.

The curly hair around the ear can be a vehicle of infections and dirt responsible of otitis. The hair may form progressing towards the ear canal and be a vehicle for external bodies such as dangerous grass which can also cause serious damage.

The hair that forms on the ear-piece and near the ear canal must be removed.

The hair on the ear-piece and close to the ear canal must be removed. In the first few times the Lagotto will feel this practice strange and not be so available. Then, he will get used to it and will see benefits. Depending on the subjects we will also notice his inclination to get cleaned. In any case the cleaning of the ears does not cause pain. There are specific products for ear cleaning. Once product has been introduced into the auditory duct it must be massaged and then dried with cotton.

Internal cleaning with detergents is not a substitute for the removal of the hair which is still necessary.

Come e quando lavare il Lagotto Romagnolo

When to bath the puppy

The first bath to the puppy of Lagotto should be done prophylactic vaccination ended. Sometimes it is not possible to wait until four months and we will start with some short washing of legs. With the beautiful season and with some attention you can anticipate the first washing of the puppy. There is no rush in washing the puppy, but sometimes it can become necessary for too much dirty on the pup.

The puppy must be dried deeply and with the Lagotto Romagnolo is never too easy.

The undercoat and the woolly hedgehog stay damp and besides the towels we will have to introduce the hairdryer. Experience often not welcome to the puppy. Let’s also remember to well dry the ears.  Obviously without hairdryer.

We will not have to exceed with the use of shampoo even if it is specific for dogs..

How often should the dog be washed, the Lagotto Romagnolo.

Dogs should not be washed with too frequency.

The use of shampoo suitable for dogs, removes from the mantle the natural fat that is the defense of the hair and skin. The fat takes several days to recreate the right balance on the skin and on the hair. Too frequent baths may be the cause of dermatitis. To avoid unnecessary baths we will have to devote us to combing and grooming of the lagotto. Sometimes, back from a walk the Lagotto is filled with pellets of grass, its can be removed manually. If it is an activity that we do frequently we will evaluate a short coat for our Lagotto that avoids this annoying inconvenience for both. the owner and the dog.

Often a nice combed or the use of a moistened sponge is sufficient.

Even wipes or dry shampoo can help to remove any unpleasant odors. The brush should rarely be used, to avoid the typical hedgehog of the breed would be smoothed hair.

The main grooming of the Lagotto Romagnolo mantle is done with the use of the comb.

With wider teeth to dissolve the knots and the felted hair. The typical areas where the hair is knotted resulting felting are behind the ears, between the tail and the trunk. With tighter teeth to restore tone and cleanliness. A regular combing, not too frequent is often enough to keep the dog clean and tidy. The combing action helps to distribute the natural fat along the whole mantle which will give more gloss and softness to the hedgehog. The Lagotto Romagnolo does not make a wetsuit and with the combing we will remove much of the dead hair which of course is stranded in the thick and woolly clam of the lagotto. These operations have an invigorating and pleasing effect for the dog. For the Lagotto the final effect may not always be so pleasant. It depends on the delicacy and frequency with which we comb it. The fact that the comb can not slide well through the hedgehog can create some discomfort.

How to bathe, practical advice.

Before bathing it is important to comb the dog thoroughly. In addition to having greater hygiene, the products that we are going to use will act more effectively, giving to the mantle of the Lagotto a beautiful curly hair soft and shiny. After washing with the shampoo we’re going to use a dog conditioner.

For the Lagotto Romagnolo, the use of a conditioner is decisive for the final result.

We will let the conditioner act well before proceeding to the last rinse. A nice wipe with a towel and we’ll pass the phono. Not to tire and heat up our dog every now and then we stop and will be the opportunity to pass the comb with fine teeth in the wet hair. The effect at the end will be astounding. The phone should never be pointed at the dog’s nose. If we feel like it and we will be glad we can also give a break to some longer tub or try to give a general fart grooming. A finish to reform the ride around the ears and a lowering to the neck never fails.

Quiet! We won’t do any big damage! The fur of the lagotto always grows and soon some inexperience error will no longer be evident!

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!

Characteristics Fur Lagotto Romagnolo

The fur of the Lagotto Romagnolo is a woolly weaving hedgehog. The mantle of Lagotto Romagnolo is constantly growing. The combination of these characteristics makes necessary maintenance interventions on the mantle that by nature tends to felting.

The Lagotto Romagnolo does not smell bad and does not stink.

A dog that lives a lot in the open air gets dirty more easily. The dirt accumulated on the mantle can give a bad odor but it is not typical of the dog. To be more explicit the Lagotto does not in itself have the classic hunting dog smell.

Hair Care: The curly mantle of the Lagotto Romagnolo

The Lagotto Romagnolo raises a lot of interest also as a dog from the apartment because it does not lose fur. Against the constant growth of the mantle and the tendency to felting requires a minimum of care in the management of the hair.

An annual shearing in the spring period when temperatures tend to rise is advisable.

The dog will be less heated with the arrival of the summer. The mantle of the Lagotto will not be the refuge of a thousand grasses during our excursions or walks to the gardens. The shearing is a sort of reset. You can manage the hot season better and get in order to the next autumn-winter.

How many combing the fur of the Lagotto?

Here’s one of the recurring questions. It doesn’t have to be a very frequent, daily practice. Once a week or even two, depending on the period and length of the mantle.

A longer cloak should be cared for more frequently.

which combs or brushes to use to treat the fur of the Lagotto?

The carer is used when the hair is badly placed, inaccessible to a comb in thin-toothed steel. The carer wastes a little The shape of the hedgehog. The hedgehog will still tend to reform. The carer if used frequently and intensely can greatly spoil the mantle. At that point it is advisable to have a bath with a nice drying. The goal to have a nice hair is to be able to comb in the back of our little coat with the comb with sparse teeth. In summary: Long steel carer and comb with sparse teeth on one side and more dense on the other.

How many do you wash the Lagotti Romagnoli?

It depends on how dirty it is. In fact, or absurd the bathroom is not a practice required for the dog. Washing the Lagotto Romagnolo means using balms beyond the shampoo. The conditioner facilitates the operation to dissolve knots and detangle the felted hair. When the dog is quite dirty the only brushing and combing may not be enough. The bath becomes inevitable. A nice dry with the phone helps the hair to resume its beautiful characteristic shape: the Hedgehog. Good chance for a DIY snib.

How to shorten the fur of the Lagotto Romagnolo?

  • If we opted for a machine shearing, special electric shaver for dog, we will make a height of 3mm. We will discover another dog, with strengths and faults, certainly lovable and sweet. A grooming machine will do it well without problems and with professional equipment.
  • If we want to shorten the mantle to scissors we will aim at a height of about 2 cm. The owners of the pet lagoons are not always allowed to go to a DIY hairstyle. Yet it is a feasible thing, in time it can give also satisfactions. The not yet high breed diffusion is the main reason why the Lagotto’s mantle is often shortened randomly by grooming shops.

How to shorten the fur of Lagotto Romagnolo with scissors?

In This operation we will have to follow those that are the morphological characteristics of the breed described in the breed standard. The rustic look that the dog must keep helps to cover any scissor errors. In time we will certainly improve and often with satisfaction we manage to maintain a nice and orderly appearance of our Fido. Here are some tips. We will not be ready to go to an exhibition but we will certainly caress your dog joyfully.

As a general rule the scissors are used on a mantle untated by knots and well cared for.

Head: Trim the ears to give it a triangle shape. Do not shorten excessively over the nose and not even stop between the eyes. Give the head a round shape starting from the lower jaw to get to remove the hair in front of the eyes. Under the eyes the hedgehog must be combed down, above the eyes a round shape is privileged but never an excessive lowering. Standard Lagotto Romagnolo: The ideal Lagotto [/caption] Neck: keep it lower than the trunk going to exalt the shape of the shoulders and above that of the head. Clean well under the ears. Trunk: An almost constant height, slightly shorter on the hips, trying to enhance the shoulders and thigh. Clean the bottom well. Back area: Shorten the thigh back by recovering a little height on the end of the leg. Respect the same hair height even on the tail. Feet: Turn well around the foot for the fingertips to touch and no stray tugs! I got a little ventured into these explanations. I hope it’s appreciated the attempt! However, the images of the standard of breed of Lagotto Romagna help in trying to give some forms that at least come close to the idea of the Lagotto Romagna.

Lagotto e bambini

The Lagotto Romagnolo is the dog suitable for children

When you decide to adopt a dog and you have children in family necessary you look for a dog with certain characteristics. Especially when it is the first experience.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a dog suitable for children.

There are more or less demanding breeds whose coexistence with children is always possible. Temperament, responsiveness and meekness are characteristics that have made some dogs particularly suited to the fortunate life with a child.

Adopt a Lagotto Romagnolo with a child in the house still remains a commitment. With the Lagotto, compared to some other breeds, we will have to worry less about what the dog could do to the baby and more about what the baby could do to the Lagotto puppy. The Lagotto is not able to give a bite, even under torture. After adopting a puppy of Lagotto Romagnolo we will still have to educate the child to relate in the correct way with the dog.

A child who grows up with a puppy is a lucky child.

Dog characteristics suitable for children

All dogs can happily live with children. What changes is the level of attention to have during their coexistence. A dog is still an animal and his way of communicating is through gestures that must be correctly interpreted. There are breeds with huge size that are however known for their patience and small size dogs known for their fiery temperament. The size is not an element on which to choose a dog for the children. The size may be critical to other evaluations or become an additional item. Many families with children call us believing that they have found in the Lagotto Romagnolo the dog suitable for living with the child and family life.

Sometimes it is the curly hair that is curious and approaching this canine breed. Oh yes! The Lagotto Romagnolo does not lose fur.

It’s a low-allergen, hypoallergenic dog. And here is that from a trivial curiosity we go to deepen who is really the Lagotto Romagnolo. At this point it turns out that he has a quiet temperament, he is a clever and tame dog.

A dog with a quiet temperament in the house but outdoors loves to play and walk.

A dog suitable for children is a balanced and properly socialized dog from the first weeks of life.

For the Lagotto Romagnolo is uninfluential sex.

Male or female is really secondary . It is the character of the Lagotto who make the difference. The Lagotto Romagnolo is recommended for families with children from veterinarians who knowledge many breeds or from the owners of Lagotto who have now become inseparable companions.

Educate the child to live with the Lagotto Romagnolo

Adopting a lagotto romagnolo when in the family there are children requires some attention to make sure as an adult a dog balanced and free of fears. Our commitment is maximum to entrust extremely serene and fun puppies. The first week of cohabitation with the new family is hard for the puppy, and despite the family’s commitment requires a brief period of setting before the puppy feels at ease and begins to give the best of himself. It is always recommended not to leave the dog alone with the children.

With the Lagotto Romagnolo our fears will be for the puppy dog rather than for the child. We didn’t drink our brains!
A lagotto will never hurt a child. At least as far as our puppies are concerned. Those we breed and entrust. On the other hand, we know the Lagotto puppies take some time to become familiar with every new situation. Learn quickly, but the enthusiasm of a child can intimidate him and take him to flee from the child. We will have to be present and control how the child relates to the puppy. That is the best time to educate the child to manage and relate to the puppy. Soon they will become inseparable friends!

Dysplasia in the dog

Hip dysplasia (HD) is a pathology borne by the COXO-femoral joint that affects many dog breeds and may have often severe arthrosic evolution. It was the first skeletal and hereditary pathology studied in the dog.

Elbow dysplasia (ED) is one of the most important causes of anterior limb lameness of the Young and elderly dog (taken from the site of the official central reading radiographs Celemasche)

Dysplasia in the Lagotto Romagnolo

The Lagotto Romagnolo passes for being a breed that is not afflicted by dysplasia. The reality is very different!

Its light weight well supports light grades of dysplasia. And this is a very positive fact. The difference between withstanding dysplasia well to be free of dysplasia is so much, even too much!

For those who breed, dysplasia puts important stakes. It represents costs, it discards some easy couplings, it forces to remove some dogs from the reproduction. It means dealing with problems and situations.

In some cases even vets do not help. Where there is money there is always someone ready to take advantage. In all categories. And even dysplasia for someone can only be a business.

For those who buy a puppy Lagotto is often “not knowing” that pushes to buy puppies without controls. Just looking at the price can lead to wrong choices. Even worse to pay puppies as selected because the Lagotto Romagnolo passes for being a breed not afflicted by dysplasia.

Our choice is to have litters exclusively from Lagotto Romagnolo whose degree of dysplasia is ascertained by official radiography on hips and elbows.

Only with this information we can determine the right pairings, think of healthy puppies and pursue the improvement of the breed.

The Lagotto Romagnolo dysplasia in the institutions

Enci does not limit the degree of dysplasia within which the reproducers must stand. The limit is on the recognition of selected reproducers.

Only Lagotto Romagnolo with a degree of hip dysplasia A, B, C are recognized as selected breeders.

The breed clubs, all, each for the related breed, have self-limiting.

The Italian Club Lagotto Romagnolo admits only dogs with hip dysplasia degree A, B, C to the list of male breeding males.

For the dysplasia of the elbows the Club does not set limits.

Many Lagotto Romagnolo farms, attentive to the health of their puppies, verify the degree of dysplasia of the elbow of their mares and stallions. Already from these few lines we understand how:

It is ETHICAL to proceed with the reproduction and breeding of the Lagotto Romagnolo with X-rays of dogs whose degree of dysplasia is ascertained OFFICIALMALLY.

These are the reading stations that establish the degree of dysplasia and report it on the pedigree. They issue official certificates such as those reported in all the cards of our Lagotti Romagnoli. All of them!

There are no puppies free from dysplasia

No one can give guarantees of exemption from dysplasia for puppies.

Since polygenic diplasia is a disease, there is no genetic test for it. In order to claim that the genetic heritage of parents is free from dysplasia, they must not be dysplastic, all siblings, grandparents and uncles.

The genetic patrimony of the Lagotto Romagnolo is not so vast.

Pedigree and X-ray dogs also serve this purpose, to qualify the relationship to go in the right direction.

Dogs with dysplasia degree C can give birth to puppies with dysplasia degree A and vice versa.

It also depends on the kinship. It makes no sense to ignore this pathology for those who breed or even for those who buy a puppy of Lagotto Romagnolo.

Welcoming a puppy of Lagotto Romagnolo son of parents and in case tested grandparents, shifts the odds of having a healthy puppy heavily on our side.

Classification of dysplasia

The F.C.I. Fédération Cynologique Internationale classifies hip dysplasia in 5 degrees, whose medical definition is described in Italian on the FSA Foundation Animal Health Website:

  • Grade A-no sign of dysplasia
  •  Grade B-almost normal hip joint
  • Grade C-Light hip dysplasia
  • Grade D-Medium hip dysplasia
  • Grade E-Severe hip dysplasia

The F.C.I. Fédération Cynologique Internationale classifies elbow dysplasia in 5 degrees.

  • Grade 0 – no alterations found
  • BL grade – (borderline, transition): minimal joint changes
  • Grade 1 – presence of osteophytes with an amplitude < 2 mm, and/or subtroclear sclerosis of the ulna and/or joint incongruence < 2 mm
  • Grade 2 – presence of osteophytes with a width of 2 to 5 mm
  • Grade 3 – presence of osteophytes with an amplitude > 5 mm

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..

foto lagotto romagnolo immagini colori

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.

Genetic tests in the Lagotto Romagnolo breed

The genetic tests allow to verify the inheritance of certain pathologies. The pathologies for which the responsible gene has been identified. The puppies children of tested parents will not suffer from such pathologies. With selection and recently recovery of the breed have been fixed some pathologies in the Lagotto Romagnolo breed too. By examining the DNA of parents it is possible to understand the impact on the litter of the most common pathologies of each breed.

The DNA test is carried out with a blood sample.

The result of the DNA examination can give three possible outcomes for each individual pathology.

  • Free both alleles of the gene responsible for the disease are healthy. Healthy homozygous Gene.
  • Carrier The two alleles of the gene responsible for the disease are different. heterozygous carrier Gene.
  • Affect both alleles of the gene responsible for the disease are recessive. homozygous recessive Gene.

A dog carrier a certain pathology is a healthy dog for that pathology.

In other words, He will have no symptoms or manifestations. If he coupled with a Lagotto Romagnolo carrier too, the problem come out tangible on his offspring.

For those who couple Lagotto Romagnolo not tested the unknown is just that. The two carrier dogs candidates for coupling do not manifest the pathology, they are healthy, unfortunly in their litter the pathology will be present. Some  puppies will result AFFECTED. We can know if a dog is carrier or free only through genetic testing.

Why do we performe genetic tests?

Genetics makes available a tool to proceed with safety in the direction of the health of the puppies.

We have important certainty about the health of our puppies.

The Lagotto Romagnolo has a natural dowry as hunting-truffle, that submit the Lagotto Romagnolo breed to litters with little or even without criterion . They are mainly private or some animated by interest or alleged love of their Lagotto Romagnolo who decide to start to breed litters no criteria.

The Lagotto Romagnolo has a natural dowry as hunting-truffle, that submit the Lagotto Romagnolo breed to litters with little or even without criterion . They are mainly private or some animated by interest or alleged love of their Lagotto Romagnolo who decide to start to breed litters no criteria.

The information that gives genetic tests are not anoptional but a health guarantee for puppies. The breed pathologies and the genetic tests of the Lagotto Romagnolo are not a bogeyman. Just going to the breeding sites to see how many healthy dogs are carrier of one or another pathology. I suppose the same incidence is even in dogs not tested who have litters without this information. The real question is that genetic tests are decisive to decide the coupling of reproducers. At the end we can be sure about the health of the puppies in relationship to each genetic pathology of the breed.

Genetic tests fot the hereditary pathologies of the Lagotto Romagnolo.

  • JE Juvenile epilepsy: it manifests itself during the life of the dog with episodes ranging from agitation to paralysis.
  • LSD Lagotto Storage disease: The disease begins between 4 months and 4 years. The movement is completely uncoordinated. The disease also affects the character. Lagotto develops progressive aggression and statistics said that the carriers are 11% of Lagotto.
  • Furnishing: The pathology is presented with a mutation of the coat. It has no character or health repercussions. A Lagotto Romagnolo affected by Furnishing is not in the Standard of Lagotto Romagnolo and can not participate in show.

The cost of genetic testis and selection influence the price of the puppy. Often those who decide to adopt a puppy of Lagotto Romagnolo do not know these aspects. Especially if you are looking for the first pet dog. Once given the informations present in this article, everyone appreciates to have a puppy of Lagotto Romagnolo son of parents with genetic tests.