Although all Lagottos have the potential to make a working dog, they are also an excellent house dog and family companion, having always been bred to fulfil a dual role of home watchdog and outdoor working dog. Whilst not yappy, they are suspicious of strangers and take some time to warm to new people. They can be barky and vocal when alerting their owners to suspicious activity and the presence of a stranger. Out and about, the Lagotto loves to use their formidable nose, excellent swimming skills and of course their prowess at digging. Careful training is necessary to ensure your Lagotto is part of your team, doing what you want rather than what they want, but they are a loving and friendly family dog if you put in the work.