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Lagotto Romagnolo vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Cockapoo – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Lagotto Romagnolo vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Cockapoo" Compare Lagotto Romagnolo and Portuguese Water Dog. Which is better: Lagotto Romagnolo or Portuguese Water Dog or Cockapoo?
Name Lagotto Romagnolo Portuguese Water Dog Cockapoo
OriginsItaly Portugal United States
Group Gun Dog Working Dogs Designer Dogs
Popularity Rank11754196
Reviews252
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Other Names Romagna Water Dog, Lagotto, Water Dog of Romagna, Lagotti Romagnoli Water Dog, Portie, PWD, Cao De Agua Cockerpoo, Spoodle (AU), Cockerdoodle
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Hound 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 Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
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 Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Australian National Kennel Council
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
The Kennel Club
American Canine Hybrid Club
Designer Breed Registry
Designer Dogs Kennel Club
International Designer Canine Registry
Price $500-$700 $2500-$2800 900-1100

General Appearance - Lagotto Romagnolo vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Cockapoo

Size Medium Medium Small
Weight Male: 28-35 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 24-31 pounds (11-14 kg) Male: 42-55 pounds (19-25 kg), Female: 35-49 pounds (16-22 kg) 12-24 pounds (5.4-11 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 31.5 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg) Male: 48.5 pounds (22 kg), Female: 42 pounds (19 kg) 18 pounds (5.7.5 kg)
Height Male: 17-19 inches (43-49 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) Male: 20-22 inches (50-57 cm), Female: 17-20 inches (43-52 cm) 10-15 inches (25-38 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm) Male: 21 inches (53.5 cm), Female: 18.5 inches (47.5 cm) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Lagotto Romagnolo vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Cockapoo

Coat Waterproof Curly Curly
Wavy
Colors Tan
Gray
Brown
White
Black
White
Brown
Black
Black
Brown
Silver
Tan
Red
White
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Portuguese Water Dog requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Lagotto Romagnolos are low shedders.
Portuguese Water Dogs shed none to minimal.
Cockapoos are low shedders.

Characteristics - Lagotto Romagnolo vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Cockapoo

Temperament Cheerful
Loving
Trainable
Intelligent
Loyal
Social
Brave
Impetuous
Obedient
Docile
Intelligent
Quarrelsome
Affectionate
Cheerful
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Friendly
Loving
Going
Responsive
Intelligent Rank
Average: Lagotto Romagnolo's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Portuguese Water Dog's has great intelligence.
Average: Cockapoo's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite easy to train.
Portuguese Water Dogs are easy to train.
Cockapoos are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a playful breed.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a playful breed.
The Cockapoo 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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Lagotto Romagnolos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Portuguese Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Cockapoos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Lagotto Romagnolos are a social breed.
Portuguese Water Dogs need a lot of social interaction.
Cockapoos are a social breed.
Barking
Average to high: The Lagotto Romagnolo is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Portuguese Water Dog rarely barks.
Average: The Cockapoo barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Lagotto Romagnolos are good watchdogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
Cockapoos are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Lagotto Romagnolos are average defenders.
Portuguese Water Dogs are average defenders.
Cockapoos are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cockapoo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Lagotto Romagnolos have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Portuguese Water Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cockapoos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Lagotto Romagnolos have average wanderlust potential.
Portuguese Water Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Cockapoos have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Portuguese Water Dogs 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.
Cockapoos don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
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.
Portuguese Water Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs.
Cockapoos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Lagotto Romagnolos adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Portuguese Water Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cockapoos 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.
Portuguese Water Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Cockapoos 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 Portuguese Water Dog vs Cockapoo

Stranger Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards strangers.
Portuguese Water Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Cockapoos are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are kid-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cockapoos are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards cats.
Portuguese Water Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Cockapoos are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Cockapoos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
Lagotto Romagnolo is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Portuguese Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cockapoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cockapoos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Lagotto Romagnolos are generally with other pets.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Cockapoos are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Lagotto Romagnolos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Portuguese Water Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Cockapoos 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
Portuguese Water Dog breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Cockapoo 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 Portuguese Water Dog vs Cockapoo

Health Issues
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Cockapoo 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
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
Entropion
Ectropion
Distichiasis
Cataracts
Abnormally Small Eyes
GM-1 Storage Disease
Juvenile Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Irritable Bowel Disease (ibd)
Colitis
Megaesophagus
Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis
Lymphangiectasia
Addison's Disease
Luxating Patella
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 10-14 years 14-18 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No
Energy Level
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Portuguese Water Dogs are high energy dogs.
Cockapoos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Lagotto Romagnolos need quite a lot of exercise.
Portuguese Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Cockapoos have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Portuguese Water Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Cockapoos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
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.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Portuguese Water Dog 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.
Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Cockapoo has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cockapoo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Lagotto Romagnolo vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Cockapoo

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 4-8 puppies 4-6 puppies

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