How to care about our Lagotto Romagnolo?
1. Nutrition and Feeding
Lagotto Romagnolo is a medium size dogs, which means they need proper feeding especially in growing phase to be healthy and happy adult dog. The best way to choose food which is good for our dog is to speak with our veterinarian or the breeder of the dog. There is more different type of feeding which is ok for this breed. Some people prefer BARF - Raw feeding, this is very good way to rise up a healthy Lagotto but we need to know the proper amount of bone meat, normal meat and vegetables to have the right amount of vitamins and minerals in body. Some people prefer to use ready made dry dog food. This is also very good if we choose premium quality food which have all minerals and vitamins and the main source of protein is from meat and not meat-by ingredients and grain. Mixing dry food with raw or cooked is not the best way to feed your dog. Adding any vitamin supplement is not reccomended only after you asked your breeder and/or veterinarian.
2. Grooming and Coat
The Lagottos has Hipoallergenic fur which makes them good for allergic people. Grooming is very important part of the lagottos lifes. First cut should be made at 12 weeks of life and in every 3 month until 1 years of age should be cut down. Cutting will help forming curls and will make stronger fur. Also will be easier to brush it out, so there will be no big cramp especially under the ears, on the belly and back leg. Cramps should be brushed out, but not cut out because it will make hole in the full look. Lagottos needs sometimes bathing, but no to often with shampoo. There are different types of cuts, consult with your groomer and/or breeder which will be good to you. Show dogs has other cut like family dogs. After brushing out the lagotto fur from the cramps we can spray water on it and it will be curly again very fast. On the body is different type of fur like on the head. Do not brush to often or it will damage the coat and there will be no curls form. Nails should be clipped down if lagottos live in house, outside dogs just should be checked regurarly. Ear should be cleaned out regurarly from fur.
3. Energy and Exercise
This is a normally active breed which was bred out to search truffle in the forest. This means a lot of walking, sniffing and making holes on the ground. A Lagotto which doesnot have the daily routine will make the same thing in your house especially dig holes. You need to play a little, walk a little and learn mostly every day to avoid making problems in the garden or house. Between lagottis there are also lazier and more active dog, before buying a puppy consult with the breeder what type of dog do you want and how many time do you have for the dog. In warm summer day the are not very active mostly sleep in the shadow but if you pick them to swim they will be very happy. Lagotto love swimming, can be picked for touristic, running, agility, dog dancing and mostly all type of exersice they enjoy. As they get older they will be less active and less decontructive in the garden! Do not forget: Every dog is the reflection of its owner, if you rise and teach him good they will be perfect dogs. They are perfect family dogs, loves children and they can live with other house and farm animals in peace. They bark to strangers but are friendly when they come inside. Early socialization is very important to be relaxed adult.
Lagotto Romagnolo is a healthy breed with not too much health issue. Before buying a puppy always check the parents healt test and always buy from Free-Free of Carrier-Free combination and never Carrier-Carrier. Make sure to control all hereditary health issue paper from both parents, writen down and stamped by vet or laboratory. The main and most important problems which important to check is Dysplasia mainly Hip (X-ray), Juvenile Epilepsy (tested from blood - mainly in young age can be), Lagotto Storage Disease (very painful disease - tested from blood). Very rarely Eye problems and sometimes they get ear infection.