Monday, February 4, 2008

This Place Has Gone to the Dogs

Sweden post issued a set of Four-Legged Friends stamps on January 24th, 2008. The entire set consists of 4 stamps honoring man's best friend, the dog.

The issue shows from left to right, a Lagotto Romagnolo, a Saluki, a Pug, and a Great Dane. While I am familiar with three of the dogs listed, it was the Lagotto Romagnolo that was new to me. A quick Google search later and I have found some interesting tidbits about this dog.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a breed of dog originating in a Romagna, a sub-region of Italy. It is a hunting dog, particularly one used for retrieving fowl from water. In fact, it's name, Lagotto Romagnolo, means "water dog from Romagna."

Its coat is thick and woolly, much like a poodle's. Coloration usually consists of variations of brown, rust, off-white, and white. They are energetic and love to work.

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