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Lagotto Romagnolo vs Lancashire Heeler vs Lapponian Herder – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Lagotto Romagnolo vs Lancashire Heeler vs Lapponian Herder" Compare Lagotto Romagnolo and Lancashire Heeler. Which is better: Lagotto Romagnolo or Lancashire Heeler or Lapponian Herder?
Name Lagotto Romagnolo Lancashire Heeler Lapponian Herder
OriginsItaly England Finland
Group Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs
Popularity Rank117538228
Reviews111
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Other Names Romagna Water Dog, Lagotto, Water Dog of Romagna, Lagotti Romagnoli Ormskirk Heeler, Ormskirk Terrier Lapland Reindeer Dog, Reindeer Herder, Lapinporokoira
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale National Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service No set
Price $500-$700 $600-$800 $600-$800

General Appearance - Lagotto Romagnolo vs Lancashire Heeler vs Lapponian Herder

Size Medium Small Medium
Weight Male: 28-35 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 24-31 pounds (11-14 kg) 6-13 pounds (3-6 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 31.5 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg) 9.5 pounds (4.5 kg) Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg)
Height Male: 17-19 inches (43-49 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) 10-12 inches (25-31 cm) Male: 19–21 inches (48–54 cm), Female: 17–19 inches (43–49 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm) 11 inches (28 cm) Male: 20 inch (51 cm), Female: 19 inch (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Lagotto Romagnolo vs Lancashire Heeler vs Lapponian Herder

Coat Waterproof Dense Double Straight Fluffy
Colors Tan Gray Brown White Black Brown Liver Tan Black Brown Gray Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Easy to groom: The Lancashire Heeler doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Lapponian Herder doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Lagotto Romagnolos are low shedders.
Lancashire Heelers shed moderately.
Lapponian Herders shed moderately.

Characteristics - Lagotto Romagnolo vs Lancashire Heeler vs Lapponian Herder

Temperament Cheerful Loving Trainable Intelligent Loyal Social Alert Friendly Clever Intelligent Calm Energetic Vocal Docile Friendly
Intelligent Rank
Average: Lagotto Romagnolo's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Lancashire Heeler's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Lapponian Herder is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite easy to train.
Lancashire Heelers are quite easy to train.
Lapponian Herders are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a playful breed.
The Lancashire Heeler is a highly playful breed.
The Lapponian Herder is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Lagotto Romagnolos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Lancashire Heelers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Lagotto Romagnolos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Lancashire Heelers are highly affectionate dogs.
Lapponian Herders are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Lagotto Romagnolos are a social breed.
Lancashire Heelers need for social interaction is average.
Lapponian Herders are a social breed.
Barking
Average to high: The Lagotto Romagnolo is a vocal breed.
Average: The Lancashire Heeler barks occasionally.
High: The Lapponian Herder is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Lagotto Romagnolos are good watchdogs.
Lancashire Heelers are average watchdogs.
Lapponian Herders are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Lagotto Romagnolos are average defenders.
Lancashire Heelers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Lapponian Herders strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Lancashire Heeler has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Lapponian Herder has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Lagotto Romagnolos have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Lancashire Heelers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Lapponian Herders have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Lagotto Romagnolos have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Lancashire Heeler is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Lapponian Herder is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Lancashire Heelers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Lapponian Herders have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Lancashire Heelers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Lapponian Herders are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Lagotto Romagnolos adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Lancashire Heelers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Lapponian Herders adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Lagotto Romagnolos do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Lapponian Herders do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Lagotto Romagnolo vs Lancashire Heeler vs Lapponian Herder

Stranger Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards strangers.
Lancashire Heelers are average friendly towards strangers.
Lapponian Herders are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are kid-friendly dogs.
Lancashire Heelers are kid-friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards cats.
Lancashire Heelers are average friendly towards cats.
Lapponian Herders are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Lancashire Heelers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Lapponian Herders are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
Lagotto Romagnolo is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Lancashire Heeler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Lapponian Herder is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Lancashire Heelers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Lapponian Herders are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are generally with other pets.
Lancashire Heelers are generally with other pets.
Lapponian Herders are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Lagotto Romagnolos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Lancashire Heelers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Lapponian Herders are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Lagotto Romagnolo breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Lancashire Heeler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Lapponian Herder breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Lagotto Romagnolo vs Lancashire Heeler vs Lapponian Herder

Health Issues
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Lancashire Heeler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Cataracts Collapsed Trachea Collie Eye Anomaly Lens Luxation Patellar Luxation Persistent Pupillary Membranes Reverse Sneezing No set
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 12-15 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Lancashire Heelers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Lapponian Herders are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Lagotto Romagnolos need quite a lot of exercise.
Lancashire Heelers have an average exercise need.
Lapponian Herders need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Lancashire Heelers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Lapponian Herders are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Lagotto Romagnolo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Lapponian Herder can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Lancashire Heeler has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Lapponian Herder has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Lancashire Heeler is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Lapponian Herder is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Lagotto Romagnolo vs Lancashire Heeler vs Lapponian Herder

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 2-5 puppies 3-5 puppies

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