The Lagotto Romagnolo is a small to medium-sized, muscular water retriever and truffle hunter with curly hair and a great disposition.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Lagotto Romagnolo.
This ancient dog breed has depictions in literary history in books dating to 1591 and 1630, and some literary references to the breed date to the 1400s. The location of the breed was determined to be Romagna, Italy based on evidence from 1600. The breed was used as a water retrieval dog in the marshes of Romagna. The marshes were drained in the 1800s, and the lagotto lost its main job.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a handsome dog and one that commands a lot of presence. They are small to medium in size and quite squarely built which gives them a sturdy appearance which is accentuated by a dog's curly, woolly coat. There is a distinct difference between both male and female dogs. Their heads are moderately broad with dogs having slightly convex skulls and slight, but noticeable stops. Eyebrow arches are well developed and muzzles are strong being almost as deep as they are long. They have straight nasal bridges and large noses that boast well opened nostrils. Their jaws are powerful and large with tight lips and covered in bristly, long whiskers.
When it comes to their coat, the Lagotto Romagnolo boasts having an extremely waterproof coat that's woolly and rough to the touch that forms extremely thick curls. Their undercoat is clearly visible being softer and dense. The curls form all over a dog's body, but they are looser on their head which forms their eyebrows, whiskers and beards. A dog's cheeks are nicely covered in thick hair and the curls on their ears are very wavy and open. Inner ear flaps are covered with hair and tails are covered in bristly, woolly hair.
As with any other breed, Lagottos need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.
5) Italian Art
There are numerous paintings from the Renaissance era that depict the Lagotto Romagnolo. Pittore Lombardo, Guercino, and Andrea Mantegna are three artists who have depicted the Lagotto Raomagnolo in their work. However, some think that the dog in Andrea Mantegna's "The Meeting" is actually a Spinone Italiano.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a working dog that has a keen sense of smell. They are loyal and affectionate pets that can get along with other dogs. The Lagotto is an intelligent dog with a naturally inquisitive and curious mind. They need to be mentally stimulated at all times, thus games of hide and seek are enjoyed by this canine. The Lagotto makes an excellent family pet and will reciprocate your affections by warning you on the presence of strangers.
7) Family Pets
Althougth the Lagotto is first and foremost a working dog, they do make wonderful family pets as long as they are given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation to keep them busy and happy both physically and mentally. They are known to be exceptionally good natured around children and love nothing more than to be part of a family.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a breed that can do well in an apartment with limited space provided that it is given adequate exercise. This active dog need to be kept active, a walk 3 to 4 times per day would be enough to keep the Lagotto happy. If you have plants or prized flowers, it is best to keep these fenced in because if these plants catch the attention of your pet, you can be sure that these will be uprooted --- the Lagotto just love to dig.
The Lagotto Romagnolo seems to be a hardy breed; so far, no serious genetic defects have been reported yet.
This energetic and active breed loves to play, spend time outdoors and swim. The dogs do best with active families so they can stay exercised and stimulated. Working dogs with high energy drives and a desire to have a task to do can become defiant or destructive without sufficient exercise or when ignored. They need a job to do or some kind of brain stimulation. When they are working, these dogs are not easily distracted.
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