Living with Lagotto Romagnolo
Obviously dogs differ in the amount of working ability they inherit and it is important that the puppy’s particular temperament suits the lifestyle that it is destined for. Whilst most Lagotto develop into sensible friendly dogs, some are obviously more suited to being urban companion dogs (latent couch potatoes) whilst others show that streak of independence and hunting ability that makes them suitable for a family with an active lifestyle. A breeder will be able to help in matching the lifestyle of any prospective owners with puppies available.
Lagotto do not respond well to harsh training; consistency and perseverance by owner(s) are key, and an ability to “think outside of the box” is useful to persuade a Lagotto to do what you want rather than what he/she wants…
As a breed, Lagotto usually have a natural affinity with children (for centuries the peasant marshmen shared their homes with their little dogs relying on them to watch over the household and warn of intruders).
Supervision of children and dogs is of course a pre-requisite.
Good with Children
Lagotto coat and human allergies
We appreciate that allergies come in many shapes and forms (possibly to dander or saliva – which may be more evident in a houseful of puppies). There are opportunities to meet Lagotto at some of our events, although some people prefer to visit a Lagotto-only home to test for an allergy response, and we can help with suggestions for this.
Lagotto with cats, other pets and small animals
How a Lagotto's natural skills may show themselves in daily life...
With its history as a water retriever and its associated skills as a truffle hunter, please bear in mind that these same skills are very likely to show themselves in a Lagotto (although these tendencies can be tempered with training and re-direction)…
Digging, digging, water, mud,
water mixed with sand (and added look of innocence...!!)
Find out more...
We have our Club stand at Discover Dogs twice a year – each year at Crufts in March and at ExCel in October. We also run Club events throughout the year, both formal and informal, where you have the opportunity to meet us and our wonderful breed. We always look forward to meeting our prospective and new owners and helping with any questions and advice, so please do get in touch…