Grooming your Lagotto
Given that the coat is non-shedding, it will, in time, felt and thus the coat must be clipped off at least once a year. The companion or working Lagotto is usually clipped two or three times a year depending on the rate of hair growth. Show dogs are usually clipped 10 to 12 weeks before a major show and scissored between shows to maintain the outline.
Heads are not clipped, as the coat on the head is much slower-growing. Scissoring to maintain head shape is preferable.
When prepared for the show ring, the length of the coat should be about 1.5 inches (4 cm) springing back to about 3/4 inch (2 cm), and must evenly follow the line of the dog. It can be longer on the head, but must not obscure the eyes. It is permitted to remove hair in the genital/anal area.
A dog presented like a Poodle or Bichon Frise, clipped, sculptured or in any way glamorized, is highly undesirable. The correct coat presentation is functional and helps to maintain and enhance the rustic look that is typical of the breed.
The Lagotto is normally clipped using an Oster No. 10. If a midwinter clip is necessary, No. 8.5 is more suitable. The Lagotto also requires regular bathing, particularly its beard, and must always be allowed to dry naturally. Remember, the coat must never be brushed or combed while it is wet.