Romagnolo water dog

Other name: Lagotto Romagnolo

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The Romagna Water Dog is a medium-sized dog, of strong build and well-proportioned, but without the impression of heaviness. Rustic in appearance, the Romagna Water Dog is characterized by a dense, curly and woolly coat.



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Hair type Frieze
Origin Italy
Template Average
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 11 kg to 14 kg From 41 cm to 46 cm
Male From 13 kg to 16 kg From 43 cm to 48 cm
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History of the breed

The Romagna Water Dog is an ancient breed of waterfowl tappers developed in the lowlands of Comacchio and the wetlands of Ravenna, in the historic region of Romagna (northern Italy). Little by little, with the drying up of these vast plots and their transformation into agricultural land, he was converted into a truffle dog, taking advantage of his powerful flair. The Romagna Water Dog breed was first recognized on a provisional basis by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on March 10, 1995, before being definitively recognized 10 years later.

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Physical features

The Romagna Water Dog is characterized by a robust and well-proportioned constitution, inscribed in a square (the height at the withers is approximately equal to the length).

Its coat: dense, curly, woolly in texture, semi-hard on the surface, associated with a clearly visible top coat. The eyebrows are plentiful, as is the mustache and beard.
Its color: unicolour off-white, brown in all its shades or orange, two-tone white with brown or orange markings, roan-brown.
Its head: trapezoidal in shape and moderately large when viewed from above. The upper longitudinal axes of the skull and muzzle are slightly divergent. The skull is wide at the level of the zygomatic arch. Seen from the side, from the occiput to the stop sign, the skull appears longer than the muzzle. The frontal sinuses are well developed, unlike the occipital ridge which is short. The stop is obvious, but not overly pronounced. The nose is broad and the nostrils well open and mobile. The muzzle is quite wide and a bit shorter than the skull. The lips are not too thick and, viewed from the side, they form a wide semicircle. Jaws strong and articulated in scissors or pincers.
Its ears: medium in size compared to the head, triangular in shape with rounded ends, wide at their base, set just above the zygomatic arches, hanging or slightly raised when the dog is attentive.
His eyes: rather large, but not exaggerated, round, rather wide apart. The color of the iris ranges from ocher to dark brown or hazelnut, in accordance with the color of the coat.
His body: compact and strong. The top line is straight from the withers to the croup. The back is straight and well muscled. The kidney is rather short, powerful, slightly convex when seen in profile. The croup is long, broad and muscular. The chest is well developed and well let down to the elbows.
Its tail: of medium high attachment, covered with a woolly hair, carried in saber when the dog is at rest and raised when it is active.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Romagna Water Dog is an excellent companion for the family and a particularly attentive alert dog. Naturally gifted for research and endowed with a very fine nose, he is an unparalleled truffle. Affectionate and obedient , he is very attached to his master. In addition, the Romagna Water Dog has lost much of its hunting instincts.

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Due to its calm and docile temperament, the Romagna Water Dog is known to be easy to train. He is a dog who loves to learn and who seeks to please his master. With a little firmness, a lot of gentleness, an emphasis on positive reinforcement and quality socialization, he easily becomes a perfectly balanced and pleasant dog to live with.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

If the Romagna Water Dog is happy when it evolves in the middle of nature , with a rural lifestyle for example, it can just as easily adapt to life in the city, or even in an apartment. On the condition, however, that you offer him enough daily exercise.


Ease of gaining weight

The Romagna Water Dog is a hardy and robust dog, which has a strong health as it takes good care. Dogs of the breed are nonetheless prone to the risk of developing lysosomal overload disease. The latter undergoes a gradual evolution and affects the coordination of movements. Lysosomal overload disease also gives rise to behavioral disturbances. Its symptoms, which also include nystagmus (jerky and abnormal movements of the eyeballs), can appear between 4 months and 4 years of age. A DNA test can detect it.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Lysosomal overload disease
Suggested tests
Lysosomal overload disease

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Romagna Water Dog dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 13 years old

Maximum: 17 years

The life expectancy of a Romagna Water Dog is, on average, between 13 years and 17 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Romagna Water Dog requires light, but daily maintenance in order to avoid tangles and the felt effect. His hair loss is moderate.

The Romagna Water Dog needs frequent brushing , ideally daily. It is also recommended to mow it once a year . In addition, special attention should be paid to the hairs developing in the ear canal and which risk promoting the accumulation of debris and dirt, sources of infection. The interdigital spaces and the eyes should also be inspected regularly.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1300 €

The purchase price of a Romagna Water Dog is between 800 € and 1300 €.

Annual maintenance cost

360 €
€ 480

The annual maintenance cost of a Romagna Water Dog is between 360 € and 480 €.

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Premium quality industrial food (kibble) is ideal for the Romagna Water Dog, which needs complete and balanced intake, especially in animal proteins. It is important to respect the quantities recommended by the veterinarian, because the Romagna Water Dog can be greedy and suffer from overweight. It is advisable to feed the puppy 3 meals a day until 6 to 7 months old, then increase to 2 meals a day.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Romagna Water Dog needs long daily walks to be activity-satisfied. He also claims games that stimulate his senses, intelligence and physical abilities. Activities that appeal to your flair are obviously ideal: toys or treats to hide, etc.


Official Club
Lagotto Club of France


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 8: Retrieving game dogs – Game-raising dogs – Water dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 2005


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