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Lagotto Romagnolo

General Description

The name of the breed is very informative: Lagotto is an Italian dialect word for “curly coated duck retriever” and Romagne was the district in northern Italy where the breed was developed, a landscape of expansive marshes.

Hereditary Illnesses

The Lagotto Romagnolo storage disorder is a genetic disorder characterized by movement in coordination, which is seen as a staggering, uncoordinated gait. Other symptoms such as involuntary eye movements (nystagmus) and behavioral changes, such as aggression, have also been seen in affected dogs.

Character and Temperament

Loving, Trainable, Keen, Loyal, Active, Companionable


At least one long walk per day


Correct grooming of a Lagotto Romagnolo means that the coat on the head should be longer, the coat on the legs should appear longer, the coat on the bridge of the nose and around the eyes is for protection of eyes and should remain, however, slight trimming may be necessary to clear the vision pathway


Since Etruscan times (7th Century BC) a little breed of duck retriever has existed as a distinct type of dog in the vast marshlands of Romagna in north-eastern Italy.


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