- Other names:
- Water Dog Of Romagna
- Romagna Water Dog
The Lagotto Ramagnolo, also known as the "Roman Water Dog", is an ancient breed that has been popularized in art and writings of scholars since the Renaissance. In fact, they are said to be the breed from which all other water breeds came about. Once marsh-dwelling water dogs of the Mediterranean region, they now are the only purebred recognized truffle hunters.
They are intelligent and love to please, making them easily trainable and extremely versatile; they are also presently employed as therapy/crisis dogs as well as allergen sniffing dogs for gluten and peanuts. Lagottos are quite low maintenance; they are hypoallergenic and require clipping as needed and monthly bathing. Members of this breed are affectionate and loving so they are great with children and make ideal indoor pets. Decreased prey drive allows them to be appropriate for multiple pet households. This breed needs an owner that can spend daily time exercising them physically and mentally. Lagottos have few major health issues and can live 15-17 years.