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The best characteristics of the Lagotto


The Lagotto Romagnolo breed has several outstanding characteristics that contribute to their popularity and make them beloved companions. Here are some of the best characteristics of the Lagotto Romagnolo and what led us at Northwest Lagotto to invest so heavily int he breed:

  1. Intelligence: Lagotto Romagnolos are highly intelligent dogs. They possess excellent problem-solving skills, quick learning abilities, and a natural desire to please their owners. Their intelligence makes them highly trainable and capable of mastering various tasks and commands.

  2. Versatility: Lagotto Romagnolos are versatile dogs that can excel in different areas. While they are primarily known for their truffle-hunting abilities, they can also participate in various dog sports and activities, including obedience, agility, tracking, and even therapy work. Their adaptability and willingness to learn make them a versatile breed.

  3. Excellent Scenting Abilities: The Lagotto Romagnolo has an exceptional sense of smell, which makes them highly proficient at truffle hunting. They possess a natural instinct for scent detection and are capable of locating truffles underground with great precision. Their scenting abilities are not limited to truffles alone and can be utilized in other scent-based activities or training.

  4. Affectionate and Loyal: Lagotto Romagnolos are known for their affectionate and loyal nature. They form strong bonds with their family members and enjoy being close to their owners. Lagottos often exhibit a deep devotion to their loved ones and can be quite protective of them when needed.

  5. Family-Friendly: Lagotto Romagnolos are generally excellent family dogs. They are often patient and tolerant with children and can be gentle and loving companions for the whole family. Lagottos enjoy being part of the family's activities and thrive in an environment where they receive love, attention, and companionship.

  6. Non-shedding Coat: Lagotto Romagnolos have a curly and dense coat that is non-shedding, making them a suitable choice for individuals with allergies or sensitivities to pet dander. Their low-shedding coat requires regular grooming and maintenance to prevent matting and keep it in good condition.

  7. Playful and Energetic: Lagotto Romagnolos have a playful and energetic nature. They enjoy engaging in activities that challenge them physically and mentally. Their playful demeanor and zest for life can bring joy and laughter to their owners' lives.

It's important to note that while the Lagotto Romagnolo possesses many desirable characteristics, individual dogs may vary in temperament and personality. Proper socialization, training, and consistent care are crucial in nurturing and developing these positive traits.


If you're considering adding a Lagotto Romagnolo to your family, it's essential to research the breed, spend time with Lagotto Romagnolos, and engage with reputable breeders or Lagotto-specific organizations to gain a deeper understanding of their characteristics and determine if they align with your lifestyle and preferences. At Northwest Lagotto we consider this one of the key services we offer - educating, discussing, and exposing potential families to this wonderful breed to see if it is a fit for you. Please reach out to us at NWLagotto@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to come for a visit.

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