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Cantabrian Water Dog vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Lagotto Romagnolo – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Cantabrian Water Dog vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Lagotto Romagnolo" Compare Cantabrian Water Dog and Irish Water Spaniel. Which is better: Cantabrian Water Dog or Irish Water Spaniel or Lagotto Romagnolo?
Name Cantabrian Water Dog Irish Water Spaniel Lagotto Romagnolo
OriginsSpain Ireland Italy
Group Hunting Dogs Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank448164117
Reviews002
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Other Names Perro de agua cantábrico, Perro de lanas, Merlucero Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog Romagna Water Dog, Lagotto, Water Dog of Romagna, Lagotti Romagnoli
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section.
Breed Recognition No set No set 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.
Price $2500-$2800 $800-$1000 $500-$700

General Appearance - Cantabrian Water Dog vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Size Medium Medium Medium
Weight Male: 35-50 pounds (16-23 kg), Female: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg) 45-65 pounds (20-30 kg) Male: 28-35 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 24-31 pounds (11-14 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 42.5 pounds (19.5 kg), Female: 37.5 pounds (17 kg) 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 31.5 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg)
Height Male: 17-20 inches (44-50 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm) 20-23 inches (51-58 cm) Male: 17-19 inches (43-49 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 18 inches (45.5 cm), Female: 17 inches (43.5 cm) 21.5 inches (54.5 cm) Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Cantabrian Water Dog vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Coat Woolly
Curly
Dense
Tight
Curly
Waterproof
Colors Black
White
Beige
Cream
Fawn
Black & White
Brown & White
Brown Tan
Gray
Brown
White
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Cantabrian Water Dog requires minimal grooming.
Advanced: The Irish Water Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Cantabrian Water Dogs shed none to minimal.
Irish Water Spaniels shed none to minimal.
Lagotto Romagnolos are low shedders.

Characteristics - Cantabrian Water Dog vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Temperament Intelligent
Easygoing
Active
Clownish
Intelligent
Alert
Inquisitive
Quick
Cheerful
Loving
Trainable
Intelligent
Loyal
Social
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Cantabrian Water Dog's has great intelligence.
Very smart: Irish Water Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Lagotto Romagnolo's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Cantabrian Water Dogs are very easy to train.
Irish Water Spaniels are easy to train.
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Cantabrian Water Dog is a highly playful breed.
The Irish Water Spaniel is a playful breed.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Cantabrian Water Dogs are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Lagotto Romagnolos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Cantabrian Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Irish Water Spaniels are highly affectionate dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Cantabrian Water Dogs are a social breed.
Irish Water Spaniels need for social interaction is average.
Lagotto Romagnolos are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Cantabrian Water Dog barks occasionally.
Average: The Irish Water Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Lagotto Romagnolo is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Cantabrian Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Cantabrian Water Dogs strongly protect their territory.
Irish Water Spaniels are average defenders.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Cantabrian Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Irish Water Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Cantabrian Water Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Irish Water Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Lagotto Romagnolos have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Cantabrian Water Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
Irish Water Spaniels have average wanderlust potential.
Lagotto Romagnolos have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Cantabrian Water Dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Irish Water Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Cantabrian Water Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
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.
Adaptability
Cantabrian Water Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Irish Water Spaniels adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Lagotto Romagnolos adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Cantabrian Water Dogs 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.
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.
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 - Cantabrian Water Dog vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Stranger Friendly
Cantabrian Water Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Cantabrian Water Dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Irish Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Cantabrian Water Dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Cantabrian Water Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Cantabrian Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Irish Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Lagotto Romagnolo is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Cantabrian Water Dogs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Irish Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Lagotto Romagnolos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Cantabrian Water Dogs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Irish Water Spaniels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Lagotto Romagnolos are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Cantabrian Water Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Irish Water Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Lagotto Romagnolos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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 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.
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.
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
Cantabrian Water Dog breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Irish Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Lagotto Romagnolo breed usually likes 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 - Cantabrian Water Dog vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Health Issues
Cantabrian Water Dogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Irish Water Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set No set Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Cataracts
Life Expectancy 13-14 years 10-12 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Cantabrian Water Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Irish Water Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Cantabrian Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Irish Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Lagotto Romagnolos need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Cantabrian Water Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Irish Water Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Irish Water Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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.
Stinkiness Medium
The Cantabrian Water Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Irish Water Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Cantabrian Water Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Irish Water Spaniel is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Cantabrian Water Dog vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Lagotto Romagnolo

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 4-8 puppies 4-12 puppies 4-6 puppies

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