Lagotto FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Since the Lagotto is such a rare breed we are asked lots of questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked ones:

Does the Lagotto shed?

In a word, no. The Lagotto is a non-shedding breed. Due to that fact it is a breed that needs periodic grooming to keep them looking their best. However, it is a rustic breed and its appearance should reflect that. No poodle clips here.

Is the Lagotto good with kids?

Yes. Our Lagotto puppies have done amazingly well in families with children. We breed for temperament. So, yes, our Lagotto are great with children. Our goal is to match the right puppy with the right family with children as perfectly as possible. Tempermant, temperment, temperment is the key to matching our puppies to your family.

Our foundation girl Meta became a certified therapy dog and spent many happy hours of therapy at hospitals. Spending so much time there visiting sick patients Long Island Jewish Hospital that when she passed the staff planted a tree in Israel in her memory.

Are Lagotto hypoallergenic?

No breed of dog is 100% hypoallergenic, but the Lagotto rates high on the list of breeds that does well with people who suffer from allergies. In almost all cases Lagotto live perfectly with adults and children with allergies.

Does the Lagotto require much grooming?

Since the Lagotto has hair (not fur) and continues to grow it does require regular grooming to keep your dog looking its best.

Does the Lagotto require a great deal of exercise?

The Lagotto is very adaptable to its owner and family. If you want a jogging partner he will run right along with you. If you are more laid-back you will find your Lagotto more than willing to join you and snuggle! More than anything they want to please you and adapt to you and your life or lifestyle.

Lagotto and Health:

Overall, the Lagotto is a healthy breed that lives up to 16 years. As you prepare to adopt a Logotto you should to be of certain health considerations:

One is hip dysplasia, and that is why all of our breeding stock is screened and we only breed dogs with good hips.

Another issue is Benign Juvenile Epilepsy. It causes the puppies to flop over between 5 to 9 weeks of age and resolves itself spontaneously by 8 to 13 weeks. Even though this is not a fatal disease all of our breeding stock have been genetically tested and are clear of the gene identified as causing the defect. Nobody wants to take a puppy home and have it falling over for a period of weeks so we do not breed any adult that carries or was affected by this disease.

The third is Lagotto (Lysosomal) Storage Disease. This is a fatal degenerative neurological disease for which we have a genetic test. We do not breed any dogs that carry the gene for LSD.

Watch the Lagotto Romagnolo on Animal Planet's Rare Breeds Segment