While many people will wonder what exactly that curly coated, endearing dog is, others who are familiar with the Lagotto Romagnolo will simply want to go up and hug them. This breed is generally affectionate, even towards those they are not overly familiar with, and has a fun-loving personality. They are hard workers and have endurance and strength that is unexpected because of their rather lavish curls and beard. The Lagotto Romagnolo was originally bred to sniff out truffles but is also an excellent choice as a family companion. They are easily trainable and love spending time with their families. While friendly with about everyone, they will sound the alarm when a stranger approaches their home.
Lagotto Romagnolo Dog Names in Pop Culture
While the Lagotto Romagnolo is not a favored breed within the United States, it is a true love affair in their homeland. Italians find these dogs to be happy, hearty, and a joy to have in their homes. Such is the case for Granaio dei Malatesta, a breeder of champion Lagotti Romagnoli. This kennel has produced many champions who reside all over the world including Grand Champion Granaio dei Malatesta Mario, or Mario for short. Mario was born on New Year’s Day in 2011 and he was destined to be a champion from conception. Mario is the son of the illustrious Alfredo, the 2011 World Champion Lagotto Romagnolo and 2011 Crufts Best of Breed winner. While travelling throughout Europe, Mario earned a Croatian Championship, San Marino Championship, Montenegro Championship, Luxembourg Championship, and Mediterranean Championship. In 2013, Mario followed directly in his father’s footsteps and became the World Champion Lagotto Romagnolo. After winning World Champion, Mario went home to Lagotto Kennels in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. He quickly rose to the top in Canada to earn his Canadian Championship as well as be the top ranked Lagotto Romagnolo for 2013. Mario continued to shine in 2014 by earning his Canadian Grand Championship and many group placements. He once again was named the top ranked Lagotto Romagnolo.
Lagotto Kennels is not your typical kennel; they are not housed in kennel runs. They have the ability to roam several fenced acres giving them the opportunity to stretch their legs often and play when they want. They also have the option of lounging in one of the two homes on the property or visiting the heated outbuildings. Lagotto Kennels is owned by three dedicated people: Bridget, Ernie, and Sylvia. Their first Lagotto Romagnolo, Cara Mia, stole their hearts and opened a door they never imagined. Bridget, an avid horse lover and equestrian, even earning a spot on the Canadian Equestrian Team, used her years of experience in genetics, conformation, temperament, and breeding practices to help establish a solid breeding program. Ernie is Bridget’s partner and general engineer for the design of the kennel and homes. It was his ingenuity that allowed them to turn a horse facility into a dog facility. Ernie has also become the primary caregiver for the dogs when Bridget and Sylvia are away. Sylvia is Bridget’s mother and also a retired Microbiologist. Sylvia works directly with the dogs and helps with the training from puppy to adulthood using her understanding of their behavior patterns to train them into fantastic, loyal companions.
Lagotto Romagnolo Dog Name Considerations
If you are searching for a playful, friendly, unique dog, look no further than the Lagotto Romagnolo. These curly coated truffle hunters are energetic, happy, and eager to please. They make excellent family companions and love being with their humans. Some people may think they are odd looking with their curly hair, beard and eyebrows, but they are a relatively easy dog to maintain and can fit into almost any household. Once you have brought home your new Lagotto Romagnolo puppy, you will be tasked with finding the right name for this interesting dog. Being from Italy, the most logical choice will be to search for a name with Italian roots. Some Italian names can be a bit tricky to pronounce so make sure every member of your family can pronounce the name you pick. Make sure when choosing a name you do not pick a name that seems to be popular in your neighborhood; you do not want confusion at the dog park when three Clara’s show up to play! Learn about your puppy’s personality before settling on a name. You do not want to name your puppy Vito, which means full of life; if it turns out they are a mellow couch potato.