Our Lagotto Puppies
We occasionally breed puppies and you can find updates listed in the NEWS postings. You are always welcome to contact us for referrals if we are not planning a litter.
Some of the puppies we have raised have become show dogs as adults. Nevertheless, the shows are not the most important aspect of our dogs. The quality of our dogs and the puppies we bring into the world bring are important to our happiness and the well-being of the homes that they find. We make life-long friends even if we never actually get to see our puppies again! In the information age, we get lots of photos and videos from our puppy owners.
In order to choose the best male dogs for our females, we cooperate with the best of our United States and Italian colleagues. We want to give our puppies as much love and care as we can, and provide them with excellent healthcare. Living in the beautiful higher desert of Arizona, we have a unique environment to easily provide a healthy, active lifestyle and comfortable conditions for our dog family members. Our Lagotti are so important, and I have mentored friends who were interested in the aspect of raising beautiful canines of their own. Many thanks to all nice people who care and provide loving attention and training to all of our former puppies!
There are certain things you need to know when selecting a breeder. Questions to ask of any breeder:
• Do you test for hips, eyes, elbows and patella?
• What are the scores?
• What are the DNA test scores for Benign Familial Juvenile Epilepsy, and Lagotto Storage Disease of sire and dam? (All carriers should only be bred to a clear)
• Ask if they use Neurological Stimulation on baby puppies as suggested by Dr. Carmen Battaglia “Breeding Better Dogs”
• Ask if they temperament test all puppies with Wendy Volhard’s Puppy Aptitude Test.
• Ask if puppies are whelped and raised indoors in the home environment, and what kinds of stimulation they provide.
• Ask how many litters they produce/sell a year.
• Ask if all their dogs live inside their house.
• Ask if they are members of Lagotto Romagnolo Club of America and follow the Code of Ethics.
A breeder will be your friend for the life of your dog and will keep you updated on any health issues in the breed. You should feel comfortable with your breeder that s/he has the best interest of your puppy at heart and will do all that is possible to socialize and care for your baby puppy, and will be available to answer any of your questions about training, health, breeding or whatever you want to know about your dog.
Here is Pesca’s first litter just after they were whelped and all cleaned up. Mom is already taking excellent care of her new babies.