lagotto romagnolo breed information
common health issues
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.