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I love my Lagotto Romagnolo

Kidsday reporter Katherine Jakubowski with Bella, her Lagotto

Kidsday reporter Katherine Jakubowski with Bella, her Lagotto Romagnolo. Credit: Jakubowski family

My dog Bella is an unusual breed! It is called a Lagotto Romagnolo. You’re probably wondering, “Where did this breed come from? Where did you find it?” Read on and find answers.

We found this breed while looking for a hypoallergenic breed. Two years later, we got our first dog. This breed originally came from Romagna, Italy. At first they were bred to hunt waterfowl such as ducks. Soon, there was a water drainage that led to near-extinction of the breed.

They soon found a new purpose: truffle hunting! A truffle is an expensive and rare Italian mushroom. This new purpose quickly changed the population from a few to a lot more. This breed has curly-coated hair (not fur), a stocky neck, and floppy ears. They need space to run, play, swim, and dig. This is a great family pet!

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