lagotto romagnolo breed information


common health issues

The cerebellum is the part of the brain that is responsible for regulating and coordinating the body's movement. Affected dogs are normal at birth, but the cerebellar cells deteriorate prematurely. Symptoms include poor coordination, lack of balance and a high-stepping gait. At this time, there is no treatment for this progressive disease.

Epilepsy is a neurologic disease that manifests as seizures. Often epilepsy is idiopathic (meaning there is no known cause) and generally we see the onset between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. Treatment for this life-long condition centers on controlling seizures with oral medication.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a rare breed in the United States. Originating as one of the curly-coated water dogs seen frequently along the Mediterranean Sea in the 18th century, these dogs were first used as retrievers along the coast of northeastern Italy. However, as agricultural living progressed and marshes began to be drained to make room for farms, the Lagotto found himself out of a job.

Luckily, someone discovered his natural ability to hunt truffles, a highly prized gourmet mushroom that typically grows in Italy, France and Croatia. The first mention of Lagottos as truffle hunters was in the 19th century, and it is for this purpose that they are almost exclusively bred today.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a medium-sized working dog with a dense, curly coat. Like all other working breeds, he needs to be kept busy to stay out of trouble, and giving him enough mental and physical exercise is imperative to maintaining his good behavior and mental health. At the end of the day, however, the Lagotto makes an excellent house pet, forming close bonds with his owners. He is generally a happy dog who is easily trained and good with children.

Despite their truffle-hunting talents, however, Lagotto Romagnolos are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Lagotto Romagnolos are prone to include neurological problems such as epilepsy and cerebellar abiotrophy; and hip problems such as hip dysplasia.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Lagotto Romagnolo inherits anything more than just a taste for truffles, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)