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Pumi vs Lagotto Romagnolo – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Pumi vs Lagotto Romagnolo" Compare Pumi and Lagotto Romagnolo. Which is better: Pumi or Lagotto Romagnolo?
Name Pumi Lagotto Romagnolo
OriginsHungary Italy
Group Working Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank162117
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Other Names Hungarian Pumi, Hungarian Herding Terrier Romagna Water Dog, Lagotto, Water Dog of Romagna, Lagotti Romagnoli
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2016 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service 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 $500-$1200 $500-$700

General Appearance - Pumi vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Size Medium Medium
Weight Male: 22–33 pounds (10-15 kg), Female: 18–29 pounds (8-13 kg) Male: 28-35 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 24-31 pounds (11-14 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 22–33 pounds (12.5 kg), Female: 18–29 pounds (10.5 kg) Male: 31.5 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg)
Height Male: 16-19 inches (41-47 cm), Female : 14-17 inches (38-44 cm) Male: 17-19 inches (43-49 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 17.5 inches (44 cm), Female : 15.5 inches (41 cm) Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Pumi vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Coat Wiry Dense Curly Wavy Waterproof
Colors White Black Grey in various shades (normally, the colour at birth is black, turning grey with time) Fawn. Primary colours: red, yellow, cream (a trace of black or grey and a distinct mask are desirable). Tan Gray Brown White Black
Grooming
Average: The Pumi requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Pumis shed moderately.
Lagotto Romagnolos are low shedders.

Characteristics - Pumi vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Temperament Active Lively Reserved Intelligent Protective Vocal Alert Restless Extremely Bold Suspicious Towards Strangers Sensitive Noisy Cheerful Loving Trainable Intelligent Loyal Social
Intelligent Rank
Average: Pumi's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Lagotto Romagnolo's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Pumis are easy to train.
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Pumi is a highly playful breed.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Pumis are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Lagotto Romagnolos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Pumis are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Pumis need a lot of social interaction.
Lagotto Romagnolos are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Pumi is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Lagotto Romagnolo is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Pumis are one of the best watchdogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Pumis strongly protect their territory.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Pumi has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pumis have a higher than 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
Pumis have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Lagotto Romagnolos have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Pumis 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.
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Pumis are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
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
Pumis adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Lagotto Romagnolos adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Pumis 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.
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.

Good With - Pumi vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Stranger Friendly
Pumis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Pumis are kid-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Pumis are average friendly towards cats.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Pumis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Pumi 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
Pumis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Lagotto Romagnolos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Pumis are generally with other pets.
Lagotto Romagnolos are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Pumis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Pumi breed usually doesn't like 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.

Health Factors - Pumi vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Health Issues
Pumis tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Degenerative Myelopathy Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation Primary Lens Luxation Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes
Energy Level
Pumis are high energy dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Pumis need quite a lot of exercise.
Lagotto Romagnolos need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Pumis 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 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
Average.
Low to Average.
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.
Stinkiness Medium
The Pumi has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pumi is an average drooler.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Pumi vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Gestation Length 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.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 4-6 puppies

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