Those that are known, and breeders are required to test their breeding for are: Benign Familial Juvenile Epilepsy, Lagotto Storage Disease, and have had eyes, hips and patellas evaluated by a licensed Veterinarian.
No, it is the parents of the puppies that must be tested before being bred
The average life expectancy of a Lagotto Romagnolo is 14-16 years.
We got our first lagotto in 2018 after we met one at an AKC show. We raised Pembroke Welsh Corgis for over 10 years before we met our first lagotto.
We follow the Puppy Culture protocols which provide for daily interaction and age appropriate learning exercises. This can be exposure to various sounds, surfaces, play props, and problem-solving tasks. They are also held and given lots of attention from not only ourselves, but we incorporate relatives, friends, neighbors at the appropriate ages to increase the puppy’s overall social and emotional health.
The first vaccine is part of the DHPP series (canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus) and cannot be given until the puppy is at least 6 weeks old. We give the first shot in the 3-vaccine series. The second and third in the series will be the new owners’ responsibility. Rabies and any other vaccine generally done 3-4 weeks after the third DHPP vaccine, or at between 16-20 weeks of age. Your Veterinarian may suggest other vaccines, based on the area in which you live, and what exposures your puppy may have.
At this time we do not microchip our pups as we find it is easier for the new owners to have their vet administer/set up the microchip they like and are comfortable with as there are many different microchip companies.
Yes, they puppies have been dewormed at 4 weeks of age, 6 weeks, and again at 8 weeks.
No, the breeder chooses the puppy for the new owner, based on the information the owner has provided in terms of lifestyle and home environment the puppy will enjoy. The breeder has carefully monitored, socialized and tested the puppy in various ages and stages of its life and knows the puppy better than any other person, and can generally select the puppy for the new owner based on the desired criteria.
Yes, the pup comes with a two (2) year genetic health guarantee against hip/elbow displasia and hereditary eye disease. The specifically excludes any internal or external parasites.
Yes, the breeder will either pre-register the puppy through AKC with the buyers info or send the puppy home with AKC registration papers for the buyer to continue registration.
Yes, and most breeders do. Just filling out an application is no guarantee that you will be placed on a waitlist. The application is just the beginning of the process. Once an application is received, I follow-up with a screening email or text so we can get to know each other. It gives me the opportunity to ask further questions, and for you to do the same. I am totally honest and transparent if I have reservations about selling you a puppy and why, or if the Lagotto may not be the right breed for you. Once we are both comfortable with each other, you send the deposit and your name goes on the list.
Yes, I would expect you to contact me. I am happy to answer your questions and if I can’t, I will advise you as the best course of action to get your question or concerned answered.
Please contact me for a current price. In an effort to protect the breed and discourage puppy mills and unethical breeders, posting the cost online is not recommended.
Yes, I will re-home a retired dog or a dog that did not meet breeding standards for one reason or another. While I do charge a variable fee, I fully disclose the issues of a dog that did not meet breeding standards or why he/she is retired.
They have been shown some basics in terms of training. They have been introduced to going outside to eliminate, have had some time in crates and understand some basic manners. These are very young dogs and their memories and attention spans are still limited, so it is very important that the new owner continue with the training as it can take several months before the puppy has many training commands properly mastered. Beginning them in a puppy class as soon as they are fully vaccinated is strongly recommended. Having a trainer on hand or a phone call away is required when you adopt a Lagotto from us. The Lagotto is a very smart dog, and they do learn fast overall, but some commands do take longer than others.
More research is slowly coming out about the effect of early spay and neuter, and that removing the sex organs too soon can have long term negative effects. Per our contract we require you to spay/nueter your puppy before a year old as we feel this is a safe time to do so and will prevent any unwanted breedings to occur.