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

"Find similarities and differences between Lagotto Romagnolo vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Spanish Water Dog" Compare Lagotto Romagnolo and Irish Water Spaniel. Which is better: Lagotto Romagnolo or Irish Water Spaniel or Spanish Water Dog?
Name Lagotto Romagnolo Irish Water Spaniel Spanish Water Dog
OriginsItaly Ireland Spain
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank117164148
Reviews101
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Other Names Romagna Water Dog, Lagotto, Water Dog of Romagna, Lagotti Romagnoli Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog Perro De Agua Español, SWD
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 in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group 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. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs 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. No set American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. National Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $500-$700 $800-$1000 $1000-$1200

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

Size Medium Medium Medium
Weight Male: 28-35 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 24-31 pounds (11-14 kg) 45-65 pounds (20-30 kg) Male: 40-49 pounds (18-22 kg), Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 31.5 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg) 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 44.5 pounds (20 kg), Female: 35 pounds (16 kg)
Height Male: 17-19 inches (43-49 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) 20-23 inches (51-58 cm) Male: 17-20 inches (44-50 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm) 21.5 inches (54.5 cm) Male: 18.5 inches (47 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

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

Coat Waterproof Dense Tight Curly Curly Waterproof Woolly No Undercoat Grow into dreadlocks
Colors Tan Gray Brown White Black Brown Chestnut White Black Black & White Brown & White
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The Irish Water Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Spanish Water Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Lagotto Romagnolos are low shedders.
Irish Water Spaniels shed none to minimal.
Spanish Water Dogs shed none to minimal.

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

Temperament Cheerful Loving Trainable Intelligent Loyal Social Active Clownish Intelligent Alert Inquisitive Quick Affectionate Diligent Trainable Athletic Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Lagotto Romagnolo's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Irish Water Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite easy to train.
Irish Water Spaniels are easy to train.
Spanish Water Dogs are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a playful breed.
The Irish Water Spaniel is a playful breed.
The Spanish Water Dog is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Lagotto Romagnolos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Spanish Water Dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Lagotto Romagnolos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Irish Water Spaniels are highly affectionate dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Lagotto Romagnolos are a social breed.
Irish Water Spaniels need for social interaction is average.
Spanish Water Dogs are a social breed.
Barking
Average to high: The Lagotto Romagnolo is a vocal breed.
Average: The Irish Water Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The Spanish Water Dog barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Lagotto Romagnolos are good watchdogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Lagotto Romagnolos are average defenders.
Irish Water Spaniels are average defenders.
Spanish Water Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Irish Water Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Spanish Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Lagotto Romagnolos have lower than 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.
Spanish Water Dogs 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.
Irish Water Spaniels have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Spanish Water Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Irish Water Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Spanish Water Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
Irish Water Spaniels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Spanish Water Dogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Lagotto Romagnolos adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Irish Water Spaniels adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Spanish Water Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
Spanish 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.
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 Irish Water Spaniel vs Spanish Water Dog

Stranger Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards strangers.
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are kid-friendly dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards cats.
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
Lagotto Romagnolo is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Irish Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Spanish Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Irish Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Spanish Water Dogs are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are generally with other pets.
Irish Water Spaniels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Spanish Water Dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Lagotto Romagnolos 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.
No
Spanish Water Dogs 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.
Yes
Irish Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Spanish Water Dog 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 - Lagotto Romagnolo vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Spanish Water Dog

Health Issues
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Irish Water Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
The Spanish Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts No set Addison's Disease Allergies Cataracts Cherry Eye Distichiasis Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Neuroaxonal Dystrophy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 10-12 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Irish Water Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Lagotto Romagnolos need quite a lot of exercise.
Irish Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Spanish Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Irish Water Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Spanish Water Dogs 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. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Average.
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.
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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Irish Water Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Spanish Water Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Irish Water Spaniel is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Spanish Water Dog is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

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

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 4-12 puppies 4-6 puppies

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