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The Lagotto is an ancient breed of water retriever from the lowlands of Comacchio and marshlands of Ravenna, Italy. All modern water retrieving dog breeds are believed to have descended in part from the Lagotto Ramagnolo. In 1974 is was estimated that only 12 or so purebred Lagotto’s existed worldwide, thanks to some dedicated breeders, the Lagotto was saved and today there are over 500 in Australia.

The Lagotto is made to work. They generally have sharp senses, though their eyesight is more sensitive to motion than detail. They are very loyal and loving, making them the perfect family companion. Some are easy to train. Many get along with other animals quite easily if socialized from a young age. Lagotto vary in their need for exercise but should always be given stimulation to keep their intelligent brains occupied.

Some Lagotto are excellent swimmers but some will only paddle. Some will retrieve from lakes, streams and other bodies of water without hesitation. They have a waterproof coat. Lagotto love to dig and must be trained not to dig in yards. Many owners give them a sandbox or have a designated place to allow them satisfy their digging urges.

Lagotto also love to play seeking games and have very active minds.

Some may say that the Lagotto does not suffer from any hereditary diseases, this is incorrect, both Hip Dysplasia and Juvenile Epilepsy are tested for by most breeders, and some breeders show the results of these tests on their web sites.

Some say that the Lagotto does not require any grooming because it is a non-shedding hypo-allergenic breed. For pet Lagotto’s we recommend a full clip once or twice a year to make their coat more manageable and  regular combing can help to reduce the matting or felting that can occur. If the coat becomes matted this can be quite uncomfortable for the dog. The Lagotto coat is more like hair than fur, it certainly doesn’t molt in the same way as other coated breeds. If the Lagotto breed is of interest to you because of allergy sufferers in your families, then it is important that you meet a Lagotto to see that the hair will not cause health issues. Lagotto’s can suffer with ear infections, and it is important to follow an ear cleaning regime, which may include plucking the hair from the ear canals. If the ears are left alone, it is almost certain that ear infections will develop.

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