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Elbow - tucked firmly against the brisket; covered with thin skin. Parallel to the median sagittal plane (means in line with the spine) of the body as are the upper arms. The tip of the elbow is located on a vertical line lowered from the back end of the scapula to the ground. Forearm - perfectly vertical, long (3 6 percent of the height at withers), with compact, strong bone of oval cross-section. Carpus (wrist)-viewed from the front in a vertical line with the forearm; fine, robust and mobile; the bone of the carpus markedly protruding. Pasterns - rather less thick and of finer bone compared with the forearm. Seen in profile, slightly sloping (They form an angle of 75 to 80 degrees with the ground). Dewclaws - must be present on the front legs. Missing dewclaws are a disqualifying fault. Forefeet - slightly rounded, compact, with well arched and tight toes having well developed webbing between the toes. Pads are fully pigment- ed. Nails are strong and curved and may range in color from white to so dark a brown as to appear black.
Hind quarters: Angulation - in balance with
the forequarters. Legs powerful, upright seen
from the rear, well proportioned to the size
of the dog and parallel. Upper thigh - long
(35 percent of the height at withers), with
well defined muscles. The axis of the femur
has a distinct inclination of 80 degrees to the
horizontal. The coxo-femoral angle ranges
from 105 to 110 degrees. The thigh is parallel
to the median plane of the body. Stifle-the
angle of the stifle ranges from 130 to 135
degrees. Second thigh-slightly longer than
the upper thigh (36 percent of the height
boned and muscled, with marked muscular groove. Its inclina- tion to the horizontal ranges from 5 0 to 5 5 degrees. Its direction is parallel to the median plane of body. Hocks (rear pastern) - well let down. Thin, cylindrical, perpendicular to the ground. Hind feet-slightly oval shaped, compact, with toes slightly less arched than those of the forefeet and with well-developed web- bing between the toes. Pads are fully pigmented. Nails are strong and somewhat straighter than those of the forefeet and may range in color from white to so dark a brown as to appear black. Dewclaws present on rear feet is a disqualification.
Coat: Hair - of woolly texture, never twisted to form thin cords, semi-rough on the surface, with tight, ring shaped curls, with visible undercoat. Curls must be evenly distributed all over the body and tail, except on the head, where the curls are not as tight forming abundant eyebrows, whiskers and beard. Even the cheeks are covered with thick hair. The topcoat and special- ly the undercoat are water-proof. The clipped coat must not be longer than a maximum of 11⁄2 to 2 inches in a curled state (not brushed out) and it should be uniform with the silhouette of the dog. Only on the head the coat can be longer than 11⁄2 inches, but not so long as to cover the eyes. The edges of the ears should be clipped to the leather, though the surface of the ear flap should show wavy hair. The area around the genitals and anus should be clipped short. The hair should never be clipped so short (except as noted above) that curls and texture of the
coat cannot be assessed. The correct clip is un-pretentious and contributes to accentuate the natural, rustic look typical of the breed. The correct coat is never luxurious and shiny. Excessively groomed dogs (sculpted or blown out so that the curl may not be assessed) should be so severely penalized as to eliminate from competition. Disqualification – Corded coat. Skin -thin, close fitting all over the body, without wrinkles. Pigmentation of the skin connecting with mucous membranes and that of pads ranges from light to dark and very dark brown.
Color: Off-white solid color, white with brown or orange patch- es, brown roan, brown (in different shades) with or without white, orange with or without white. Some dogs have a brown to dark brown mask. Tan markings (in different shades) allowed. The colors have a tendency to fade to a more diluted shade as the dog ages, sometimes to such an extent that the
brown areas can appear as a silvery/gray roan. All the above colors are equally desirable including faded or diluted colors. Black coat, black patches or black pigmentation are to be disqualified.
Gait/Movement: Energetic trot with reach and drive. Lively and balanced.
Behavior and Temperament: The Lagotto is tractable, undemanding, keen, affectionate, very attached to his owner and easy to train. He is also a very good companion and an excellent watch-dog. A natural gift for searching and a
very good nose has made the breed very efficient in finding truffles. The former hunting instinct has been modified by genetic selection; hence his work is not distracted by the scent of game. The dog should be neither aggressive nor overly shy.
Faults: Any departure from the foregoing points should be con- sidered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
Disqualifications: Size - Dogs under 161⁄2 inches or over 191⁄2 inches. Bitches under 1 5 1⁄2 inches or over 1 8 1⁄2 inches. Walleye(s), an eye with a whitish iris, a blue eye. Bite - Overshot bite, pronounced undershot bite (more than a 1⁄4 inch space between the upper and lower incisors). Teeth - Any tooth missing other than a premolar or more than one missing tooth. Dewclaws - Missing on front feet or present on rear feet. Coat - Corded coat. Color - Black coat, black patches or black pig- mentation.
Approved November 20, 2012 Effective January 1, 2013
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