Lagotto Romagnolo​ - Sporting Group

Lagotto Romagnolo

Breed Group: Sporting Group

Size Group: Medium Dog Breeds

Origin: Italy

Height: 17”-19” (male) 16”-18” (female)

Weight: 28.5-35lbs (male) 24-31lbs (female)

Color: Brown, Orange, Orange Roan, Sable, White, Off-white, Brown roan with or without White markings, Orange markings, Tan markings, Brown markings, Brown mask

Lifespan15-17 years

Temperament: Smart, devoted, energetic, friendly

 

Overview

Lagotti Romagnolo were originally bred as duck hunters and were found to be even more skilled at truffle hunting. To this day, they are touted as the world’s finest truffle hunters. When they aren’t out looking for delicious delicacies, these pups can be found running around with family members or relaxing by the fire.

Their adorable wavy coat is considered hypoallergenic. They are a very spirited and energetic dogs. They need lots of physical activity or they may just try to sniff out some mischief in your home.

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Fun Facts

During the Renaissance, Lagotto Romagnolo made an appearance in several Italian paintings.

Health

Lagotto Romagnolo is generally a healthy dog. This breed has a breed specific disease called Lagotto Storage disease. Any reputable breeder will test for this as it is fatal. Some other health concerns you should be aware of include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, cerebellar abiotrophy. Before you bring a new pup home, always request health screening from both parent pups.

While you always hope your pet will live a long and healthy life, it is always a good idea to invest in pet health insurance.

Keeping your dog’s mouth clean and problem free goes a long way to your pup’s overall health. Dental hygiene can be the cause or can be the byproduct of other serious health issues.

Visual inspections can be performed to keep track of the signs of potentially waning oral health. These signs can be anything from bad breath to abnormal chewing to loss of appetite.

Keeping ahead of these warning signs can pay dividends. A preventative approach can delay and stop many of the common dental problems from arising.

Oral health can be tackled in five basic steps:

  1. Brushing your dog’s teeth to prevent an undesirable buildup of plaque
  2. Feed your dog a diet where the high quality dog food has dental benefits
  3. Regularly give your dog dental toys and treats
  4. Use mouthwash, to help where brushing misses
  5. At the sign of any abnormalities, consult a vet. You can even do it virtually, from the convenience of your home.

Dogs are just like humans in that they can experience anxiety. The degree to which they are susceptible to anxiety and how they deal with anxiety is breed specific. Left unchecked, initial signs of anxiety could give way to an anxiety disorder. The symptoms of anxiety disorders can lead to a myriad of behavior issues.

Knowing the signs and symptoms will best equip you to keep ahead of it and to nip it in the bud at the earliest signs. There are options available to help with anxiety.

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Grooming

Brush your pup once a week to prevent or remove any matts and tangle. Bathe your pup around once a month and allow it to air dry. These pups have especially long hair around their ears to prevent water entering while they are swimming. This will need to be monitored and trimmed frequently to prevent wax or dirt build up which can lead to infection. The entire coat will need to be trimmed regularly as their coat never stops growing. Many owners clip their Lagotto’s coat down significantly more during the hot summer months. Keep their eyes clean and clear of debris. Clip your pup’s nails regularly and brush their teeth several times per week.

Cost

$1,800 – $5,000

Exercise

Lagotti want to be with their families. Yard time alone will not do much to expend your pup’s energy. This breed especially loves swimming and digging. Access to a water source is nice and providing your pup with a sandpit may very well save your yard. They will love playing games with you or accompanying you on spirited walks. Like all hunting dogs, it is best to keep your pup leashed or in a secure fenced in area when outside of the home.

Nutrition

Your fully grown pup will eat around 2½ cups of food per day over two meals. The exact requirements for your dog will vary with age and activity level.

 

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Training

As with all dogs, early socialization with humans and other pups is essential. This breed has a high tendency to bark, so be sure to work in quiet commands. Lagotti are very smart and love having a job to do. Fill your training with lots of fun tasks and positive reinforcement and you will both succeed.

Proper training is essential to ensuring the safety of your dog and those around you. Having your dog come when they should, and in general having them listen is something you want to address early in your pup’s life, as it will pay dividends down the line. There are many tried and true training programs to accomplish this training – faster and better than you might think!

Unless you’re living on a farm, or have the space, a yipping dog, or one that barks all day when you are gone could be an issue with the neighbors and/or landlord. Historically, dogs would bark to communicate with the rest of the pack when hunting and bark as a warning shot to predators eyeing up their flock. Barking is deep rooted in dogs and manifests itself in many ways and for a variety of reasons.

Just like any habit or instinct, there are effective ways you can train this issue away.

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Supplements

A solid Glucosamine Supplement for hips and joints will go a long way to helping your furry friend.

Other helpful supplements include full-spectrum hemp oil or CBD oil. Fish oil skin and coat supplement.

Ensuring a comprehensive preventative vitamin and mineral plan is essential to keeping your dog healthy. Truth is, there are vitamins and minerals that your dog needs, but doesn’t produce naturally. While many of these vitamins and minerals can be found in your dog’s current diet and dog food, the question becomes, are there enough vitamins to ensure they aren’t deficient.

Poor nutrition can lead to some of the most common health issues, such as weak joints, compromised immunity, increased allergies, and low energy.

Vitamins play a vital role in your pet’s health and overall life expectancy. Here are some multivitamin and joint relief options.

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Just to begin to dispel the negative stigma, CBD extract comes from Hemp, marijuana’s cousin. Unlike its cousin, there are no psychoactive qualities in CBD oil. An emerging number of clinical and institutional studies have shown the wide variety of healing qualities in CBD, including pain management, and the containment of seizures and epileptic episodes.

Explore this remedy further to see all the health benefits that have transformed the lives of so many dogs to date.

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