FCI-Standard N° 298

(Lagotto Romagnolo)

TRANSLATION: Antonio Morsiani, Renée Sporre-Willes, Dr. J.-M. Paschoud and Prof. R. Triquet.

Revised by ENCI and Renée Sporre-Willes / Original version : (FR).

ORIGIN: Italy.


UTILIZATION: Truffle dog.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 8 Retrievers – Flushing Dogs
– Water Dogs.
Section 3 Water Dogs.
Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: Ancient breed of retrieving water dogs in the lowlands of Comacchio and marshlands

of Ravenna. During the centuries, the great marshlands were drained and turned into arable land. Subsequently

the Lagotto changed from being a water dog to an excellent dog for searching truffles in the flat open country

and in the hills of Romagna.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Small to medium-sized dog, well proportioned, powerfully built,

of a rustic appearance,with a dense, curly coat of woolly texture.


The length of the head is 4/10 of the height at the withers. The dog is nearly as high as long (square)

.The length of the skull should be slightly more than 50 % of the total length of the head.

The length of the muzzle is 2/10 less than that of the skull (44 % to 56 %).

The depth of the chest is less than 50 % (about 44 %) of the height at the withers.


BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT: A natural gift for searching and its very good nose has made the breed very

efficient in truffle searching.

The former hunting instinct has been modified by genetic selection; eliminated; hence his work is not distracted

by the scent of game. The Lagotto is tractable, undemanding, keen affectionate, very attached to his owner and

easy to train. He is also a very good companion and an excellent watch-dog.

HEAD Viewed from above trapezoidal in shape and moderately broad; the upper longitudinal axes of

the skull and the muzzle diverge slightly.


Skull: Wide at the level of the zygomatic arches, and as long as wide. Viewed from the side, from occiput to stop,

the skull should be longer than the muzzle. It is slightly convex and tends to flatten out at the back skull.

Frontal sinuses well developed, superciliary arches marked, medio-frontal furrow pronounced, occipital crest

short and not very developed, supraorbital fossae slightly marked.

Stop: Not too pronounced but evident.


Nose: Large with wide open and mobile nostrils. Median groove strongly pronounced. Viewed in profile, the nose

continues on the same level as the muzzle and protrudes very slightly from the front edge of the lips.

The colour ranges from light to dark brown, depending on the colour of the coat.Muzzle: Fairly broad,

a little shorter than the skull (ratio : skull 56 %, muzzle 44 %), its depth being only

slightly less than the length. It is slightly wedge shaped, giving a rather blunt profile.

The nasal bridge has a straight profile.

Lips: The lips are not too thick; they are rather tight, so that the lower profile of the muzzle is determined by the mandible.

They are covered with a long and rather bristly moustache. Viewed from the front, the lips form a wide semi-circle.

The colour of the edges ranges from light to dark brown.

Jaws / Teeth: Jaws strong with almost straight branches and a relatively large mandibular body. Complete scissor

or pincer bite with white and well developed teeth. Reverse scissors bite acceptable.

Cheeks: Flat.

Eyes: Large, but never exaggerated, rounded, filling the socket, set fairly apart. The colour of the iris ranges from

ochre to hazel and dark brown depending on the colour of the coat. Close fitting eyelids; the colour of the eye-rims

ranges from light to dark brown. Eyelashes very well developed. Look alert, expression keen and lively.

Ears: Medium-sized in proportion to the head, triangular with rounded tips; their base is rather wide ; they

are set just above the zygomatic arches. Hanging at rest or slightly raised when the dog is attentive. If pulled

towards the nose they should reach the muzzle at 1/4 of its length. On the ears, the hair tends to show looser

curls, but remains very wavy. No short hair on the ears. The inner part of the auricle is also covered with hair.

NECK: Strong, muscular, lean, of oval cross section; well set off from the nape and absolutely free from dewlap, slightly

arched. In males the perimeter of the neck can reach the double of its length. The length of the neck is a little

less than the total length of the head.

BODY: Compact and strong; as long as the height at the withers.

Topline: Straight from the withers to the croup.

Withers: They rise above the level of the croup; the highest points of the shoulder blades are not too close,

but quite high set and well laid back.

Back: Straight, very muscular.

Loin: Short coupled, very strong, in profile slightly convex. Width is equal or slightly exceeds the length.

Croup: Long, wide, muscular, slightly sloping (coxal inclination ranges from 25° to 30°).

Chest: Well developed, reaching down to the elbows. Although fairly narrow in front, from the sixth rib the

chest widens backwards.

Underline and belly: Long sternal section in form of a straight line; the following tuck-up is only slight.

TAIL: Set on neither too high nor too low tapering towards the end. When hanging, it should barely reach the hocks.

It is covered with woolly and rather bristly hair. At rest carried scimitar like; when attentive decidedly raised.

When working or excited can be carried over the back, but never curled.



General Appearance: Regular, upright seen from the front and in profile.

Shoulder: Shoulder blades long (30 % of the height at withers), well laid back (52 - 55°), muscular, strong and

closely attached to the chest, but moving freely. The scapulo-humeral angle ranges from 110° to 115°.

Upper arm: Muscular, of thin bone structure, as long as the shoulder blade; its inclination to the horizontalranges from 58 - 60°.

Elbow: Well attached to the chest wall, but not too tightly; covered with thin skin; parallel to the median sagittal plane of

the body as are the upper arms. The tip of the elbow is located on a vertical line lowered from the back end of the scapula

to the ground.

Forearm: Perfectly vertical, long (36 % of the height at withers), with compact, strong bone of oval cross-section).

Carpus (Wrist): Viewed from the front in a vertical line with the forearm; fine, robust and mobile; pisiform bone markedly protruding.

Metacarpus (Pastern): Rather less thick and of finer bone compared with the forearm, it’s fine and resilient.

Seen in profile, it forms an angle of 75° to 80° with the ground.

Forefeet: Slightly rounded, compact, with arched and tight toes. Nails strong and curved. Pads well pigmented. Interdigital

membranes very well developed.


General Appearance: Powerful, upright seen from the rear, well proportioned to the size of the dog and parallel.

Thigh: Long (35 % of the height at withers), with clearly defined and visible muscles. The axis of the femur has a distinct

inclination of 80° to the horizontal. The coxo-femoral angle ranges from 105° to 110°. The thigh is parallel to the

median plane of the body.

Stifle (Knee): The angle of the stifle ranges from 130° to 135°.

Lower thigh: Slightly longer than the upper thigh (36 % of the height at withers), well boned and muscled,

with marked muscular groove. Its inclination to the horizontal ranges from 50° to 55°. Its direction is parallel to the

median plane of body.

Hock joint: Wide, thick, lean, with clear-cut bone; parallel to the medium plane of the body; the tibio-metatarsal angle is ca. 140°.

Metatarsus (Rear Pastern): Thin, cylindrical, perpendicular to the ground. No dewclaws.

IT / MOVEMENT: Walk regular, trot energetic and brisk, gallop for short periods.

SKIN: Thin, close fitting all over the body, without wrinkles. Pigmentation of the skin connecting with mucous

membranes and of pads ranges from light to dark and very dark brown.


Hair: Of woolly texture, never twisted to form thin cords, semi-rough on the surface, with tight, ring shaped curls,

with visible undercoat. Curls must be evenly distributed all over the body and tail, except on the head, where the curls are

not as tight forming abundant eyebrows, whiskers and beard. Even the cheeks are covered with thick hair.

The topcoat and specially the undercoat are water-proof.

If not clipped, the hair tends to become felted (as it continuous to grow); therefore a complete clipping must be

performed at least once a year. Felted topcoat and undercoat must be removed periodically. The clipped coat

must not be thicker than max four centimetres and it should be uniform with the silhouette of the dog.

Only on the head the coat can be longer, but not as long as to cover the eyes. The area around the genitals and anus

should be clipped short. The coat must not be formed and brushed up in the fashion of the Poodles and

Bichon frisé breeds. Coat clipped short preventing it from curling or assessment of texture. Any excessive

hair-styling will exclude the dog from being qualified. The correct clip is un-pretentious and contributes to

accentuate the natural, rustic look typical of the breed.

Colour: Off-white solid colour, white with brown or orange patches, brown roan, brown (in different shades) with or without white,

orange with or without white. Some dogs have a brown to dark brown mask. Tan markings (in different shades) allowed.


Height at the withers:
Males: 43 - 48 cms (ideal height : 46 cms).
Females : 41 - 46 cms (ideal height : 43 cms).
Tolerance of 1 cm more or less.

Weight: Males: 13 - 16 kgs, Females: 11 - 14 kgs.


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the

fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare

of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.


· Aggressive or overly shy.
· Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
1 Untypical specimen.
2 Axes of the skull and the muzzle converging.
3 Partial and/or total de-pigmentation.
4 Dish-faced.
5 Overshot bite.
6 Pronounced undershot bite.
7 Wall-eye.
8 Tail carried over the back; anury or short tail, whether
congenital or artificial.
7 Mono or bilateral rear dewclaws.
8 Docked tail.
9 Coat not curled or clipped too short.
10 Corded coat.
11 Sculptured clip.
12 Black coat, black patches or black pigmentation.
13 Oversize or undersize.

ELIMINATING FAULTS: (Excluded from breeding)

1 Overshot bite.

2 Chryptorchidism; unilateral.

3 Wall-eye.

4 Black coat, black patches or black pigmentation.

N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal

testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

The latest amendments are in bold characters.