Monday, October 21, 2013

Rare Breed Monday: Lagotto Romagnolo

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The Lagotto Romagnolo is an Italian breed. The name means "Lake dog from Romagna,"and the breed can be traced all the way back to the 15th century.

These dogs are generally intelligent, cute, cuddly, and good with kids. They love to dig - many owners give them a sandbox - and they need exercise as well as mental stimulations. Most Lagottos love water.

They also have a very well developed sense of smell and a natural gift for searching, and they are often put to work searching for truffles. According to the AKC, they are the only purebred dogs recognized as specialized truffle searchers.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is believed to be the founding breed from which all water dogs descend. They are rare; there are about 500 in the entire United States.


  1. Wow, what a name... have never heard of these before but they sound pretty interesting.

    1. Writing this post gave me a really cute mental image of a puppy with its own sandbox. =D