Above photo:  This is an example of Vando’s coat after a clipper cut with 3/4″ blade.


The water-proof coat of the Lagotto Romagnolo appears rough and forms thick, tight curls that cover the entire body (except for the head). The traditional colors are off-white, brown, and orange. Puppies are often born dark brown or light orange.  Those colors usually fade with maturity.  Some Lagottos have a white coat with brown or orange colored markings.

Lagotti have a double coat of very curly hair. They do not require frequent bathing, mine typically get a bath about 1 time a month. The coat is best when kept at about 1 to 1.5 ” in length. Lagotto do not shed regularly and may leave little tufts of hair once in a while. Because they have hair rather than fur, it has to be trimmed occasionally.

Show dogs are trimmed down and left to grow out naturally before showing or they must be tidied up before showing. The signature look of the Lagotto is the tight curls that fit the body. They are to be shown as a natural rustic looking dog with no blowing, fluffing or brushing out of the hair. For showing in the United States, the coat should appear in a rustic style and it should match the lines of the dog so that the curls are evident.

Here is Vando with the water blown out by a non-heating AirForce dryer and then air dried.  I show how I use 3/4″ clipper blade.

Here is a way to get the curl back after clipping:


Here is an example of Enzo in show coat and then shaved down.  You can see him in show coat on our News page, also.  Here is a link to his breeder’s website:



The dog should have the appearance of a working dog that it is actually ready to start working! If clipped down, the coat will need about 3 months of growth to be ready to show. Otherwise, shaping can be performed before the shows.

Hair on the ears should be trimmed around the edges to the leather. If the ear shows irritation and buildup of dirt and earwax, the hairs from the ear canal should be gently plucked out regularly. Some coats matt easier than others.

Trimming ears with scissors:

Trimming ears with clippers:

Shaping the headpiece:


(Below) This is an example of correct grooming.


(Below) An example of grooming of the head. Note how the ears blend in with the head and cheeks.


(Below) Examples of typical Lagotto coat.


(Below) More examples of a good coat (detail).



Last updated on September 12, 2016