The Lagotto’s original function is that of a water retriever. Until the middle of the 19th Century much of Romagna was marshland. The marsh men, often known as “Valleroli” or sometimes “Lagotti”, were helped by their inseparable little duck dogs and so their dogs became known as Lagotto (the word Lagotto is Romagnan dialect for duck dog). Many of the defining features of the Lagotto such as the curly coat and webbed feet were a perfect fit for the purpose of duck retrieving. The hunters used flat bottomed punts to move through the shallow marshes, the size and weight of their small dogs allowing for an optimal number of hunting companions.
Largely as dogs of the “peasante” the common people, the Lagotto had to be a “Jack of all trades”. They had to find the prey and catch it; then with the advent of guns, had to find, flush and retrieve to land or punt. They had to have the steadiness to wait quietly in hide or punt, combined with the energy to hunt through marshland and impenetrable rush beds, and then the sturdiness to retrieve wildfowl. Although small in size, the Lagotto is a powerful dog well capable of retrieving Grouse and other game.
It is always amazing to see these dogs doing what they were designed to do. Even those with little formal training, who just come to have a go, seem to take to the task like a duck dog to water! They are strong swimmers and are able to dive for duck, completely submerging themselves.
Spaniel Sub Group
In 2014 Lagotto were placed in the Spaniel Sub Group. For purposes of competition, i.e. Field Trials and Gundog Working Tests, Lagotto come under the ‘Any Variety Spaniel’ category. Some more information on working and training events for the breeds in this category can be found at www.workingminoritybreedsspanielclub.com. Our Working Secretary, Lyn Monk, serves as the Lagotto Romagnolo representative for the Working Minority Breed Spaniel Club.
We have LRCGB members involved in gundog work who have been flying the flag for our breed competing in Working Minority Breed Spaniel Tests and Assessments – news of these and placings can be found in the Gundog Tests and Assessments section. If you have your own success story in the gundog field, please let us know …
BASC Classes at Crufts
In the AOV Sporting Spaniel Gamekeepers Class section Louise Ferguson with Crispino (Crispino Della Caveja) was placed 2nd in the Working Gundogs/Best Dog Class
Our Working Secretary is available for any information and help on Gundog activities...
It is great to see more Lagotto involved in gundog activites, and we look forward to seeing these numbers increase in the future. If anyone has any queries about our gundog training or events, please contact Lyn Monk – firstname.lastname@example.org
Game Fairs - 2019
The dates when we will have a Club presence at Game Fairs around the country are listed below, these will be updated as our attendance is confirmed. Further detail of each forthcoming Game Fair will be added in the main Events sections. It is a great opportunity for anyone wishing to see/meet the minor working breeds (Lagotto Romagnolo included) in one place, and to see some of the dogs in action in the demonstration ring.
Sunday, 5 May & Monday, 6 May
Living Heritage Fair: Thame Showground, Oxfordshire
Sunday, 26 May & Monday, 27 May
Living Heritage Fair: Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire
Friday 26 July & Sunday 28 July
The Game Fair, Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
If you have any queries about our Game Fair attendances, please contact Lyn Monk who will be able to give you more detail.