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Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel" Compare Labrador Retriever and Lagotto Romagnolo. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or Lagotto Romagnolo or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Name Labrador Retriever Lagotto Romagnolo Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
OriginsEngland Canada Italy England
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank111719
Reviews212
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Other Names Labrador, Lab Romagna Water Dog, Lagotto, Water Dog of Romagna, Lagotti Romagnoli Cav, Cavalier, Cavie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $1000-$2000 $500-$700 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Size Large Medium Small
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 28-35 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 24-31 pounds (11-14 kg) 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 31.5 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg) 14 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 17-19 inches (43-49 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) 12-13 inches (30-33 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Coat Dense Waterproof Hard Short Waterproof Feathered
Colors Yellow Chocolate Black Tan Gray Brown White Black Tan Blenheim Tricolor Ruby
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Lagotto Romagnolos are low shedders.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Cheerful Loving Trainable Intelligent Loyal Social Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Cheerful Gentle Social Polite Quiet Active Graceful Fearless Friendly Nonaggressive Sporty No tendency towards nervousness
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Lagotto Romagnolo's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite easy to train.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a playful breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Lagotto Romagnolos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Lagotto Romagnolos are a social breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Lagotto Romagnolo is a vocal breed.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are good watchdogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average defenders.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Lagotto Romagnolos have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Lagotto Romagnolos have average wanderlust potential.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Lagotto Romagnolos adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 - Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards strangers.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are kid-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards cats.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Lagotto Romagnolo is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Lagotto Romagnolos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Lagotto Romagnolos are generally with other pets.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Labrador Retrievers 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.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
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
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Lagotto Romagnolo breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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 - Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Health Issues
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Acute Moist Dermatitis Bloat Cataracts Cold Tail Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Myopathy Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Dry Eye Episodic Falling Syndrome Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patellar Luxation Syringomyelia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 14-16 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Lagotto Romagnolos need quite a lot of exercise.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2.5 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. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. 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.
Stinkiness High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever vs Lagotto Romagnolo vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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 5-10 puppies 4-6 puppies 3-5 puppies

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