The Lagotto Romagnolo, Italy’s adorable “truffle dog,” sports a curly coat and lavish facial furnishings. Despite their plush-toy looks, Lagotti are durable workers of excellent nose who root out truffles, a dainty and pricey delicacy. If you can keep up with grooming and brushing and you want a dedicated, easily-trained companion then this dog may fit right in with your family.
Schnauzers are a smart, high-energy breed. They make excellent watchdogs, guard dogs, and vermin hunters, but are also popular as companion pets due to their loyal nature and hypoallergenic coat.
Coton de Tulear
The Coton de Tulear is a small, immensely charming dog named for the city of Tuléar in Madagascar. Cotons are known for a profuse white coat that is as soft as cotton. Their primary job is to provide amusement, comfort, and companionship.
The Affenpinscher is a balanced, wiry-haired terrier-like toy dog whose intelligence and demeanor make it a good house pet. Originating in Germany, the name Affenpinscher means “monkey-like terrier.” Star Wars fans argue whether they look more like Wookies or Ewoks.
Portuguese Water Dog
The bright and biddable Portuguese Water Dog was bred to be an all-around fisherman’s helper. The robust, medium-sized body is covered by a coat of tight, low-shedding curls. They are eager and athletic companions built for water work.