The Lagotto Romagnolo has deep roots
Historically they have had many purposes. Initially, humans used them as retrieving water dogs, but they also hunted seabirds. They love to swim by nature. Keep that in mind if you consider a dog of this breed. The hunting has more or less diminished.
Pleasant, easy to learn, and happy with life
What words characterizes a Lagotto mentality? Loving, affectionate, pleasant, easy to learn, energetic and social. The sum of these qualities makes for a perfect companion dog.
In addition, they are excellent watchdogs who report when they discover something abnormal. For example, when strangers come to visit. They are not aggressive or hostile in any way, so strangers have nothing to worry about. We can still appear as something reserved towards new people.
Wondering what a Lagotto sounds like? Here you have an example:
Pesky little buggers.
Lagottos often take advantage of the opportunity to do what people like to think of as pranks. Such as running off with socks or stealing a bite to eat from the kitchen counter.
A clear and consistent upbringing is important to avoid that these habits becoming too overwhelming and troublesome.
Activation and uses - do not underestimate their sense of smell!
Today, the Lagotto is first and foremost a versatile companion dog.
Some people also use them in agility, tracking, obedience competitions, and not least: mushroom picking.
In fact, Lagotto is an expert in finding truffles; it’s their specialty.
Thanks to their incredible sense of smell, they are commonly used as sniffer dogs, tracking dogs, and search dogs.
Do not underestimate their extreme sense of smell, and preferably you should let them use it regularly.
Lagotto Romagnolo has a medium need for activity and will appreciate long, varied walks with the opportunity to explore freely. But do not forget the mental stimulus; it is also important! They are smart and docile, two qualities that should be utilized.
An understimulated Lagotto will not hesitate to use his creativity
The Lagotto's fur must be cut
The Lagotto does not shed and must therefore be brushed and cut "manually".
You can choose to cut its coat short and keep it like that. This way you can minimise the maintenance.