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The Lagotto Romagnolo

The specialized truffle searcher in the Sporting group

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Lagotto Romagnolo breed statistics

The Lagotto Romagnolo originated in Italy and is a member of the Sporting group. Also known as the Romagna Water Dog, it was originally used in Italy’s Romagna wetlands to find ducks and chase them into the hunter’s nets. Today, the Lagotto Romagnolo is most commonly used in truffle hunting; in fact, this breed is the only purebred dog in the world recognized as a specialized truffle searcher. It is a high-energy dog that loves to retrieve, swim, and play, needing daily exercise. The breed is intelligent, affectionate, and good with children.

The breed’s name comes from the Italian word for “lake” and the region of Romagna from which the breed originates. It’s a medium sized dog (usually 30-35 pounds) with thick, curly hair in brown, brown and white, or orange.

Lagotto Romagnolo

For more information on the breed, visit the Lagotto Club of America ( or the Lagotto Club of Canada (

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