Lagotto Romagnolo Puppies
For centuries, Lagotto Romagnolo dogs have served as hard workers and loving companions. Though the AKC only recognized this breed in 2015, its popularity in Europe and its growing popularity in the U.S. and Canada has won this affectionate sporting breed more appreciation. You may be wondering if a Lagotto Romagnolo would be the right dog for you and your family. Luckily, we’ve compiled this Lagotto Romagnolo puppies guide to help you learn more.
Where To Get Lagotto Romagnolo Puppies
If you want a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy, your best bet is to do your research and find a responsible breeder. Don’t be fooled by online ads selling Lagotti puppies for low, low, prices. If a price seems too good to be true, it most likely is. This is especially true with a relatively rare breed like the Lagotto Romagnolo. Although you may want to save a puppy or dog from a backyard breeding or puppy mill situation, it’s better for your money to go to someone who cares about the health of the breed and their dogs. This is why you should perform due diligence in selecting your breeder. Donny…
If you’re not sure you want a puppy, rescuing or fostering an older Lagotto Romagnolo may be an option for you! Though the breed is rare, there are Lagotto-specific rescue organizations in North America. While rescuing has a lot of upsides, there are a couple of downsides. For one, you’re less likely to find a puppy at a rescue or shelter. In addition, the rescue may not have complete health or breeding information for a specific dog.
Whether you choose to find a breeder or rescue, it’s vital to do your research before choosing your dog.
Since the Lagotto Romagnolo is a rare breed in the U.S. and Canada, you can expect them to cost quite a bit. In addition, most Lagotto Romagnolo breeders in North America need to import their breeding pairs from Europe. This adds more to the cost. Like with all dog breeds, a puppy bred specifically for shows will cost more than one bred primarily for companionship. However, you don’t need a show-quality dog if what you want is a healthy, loving, and lifelong companion.
The average cost for a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy in North America is around $1800 to $2500. Since this is a rarer breed, you may also be put on a waiting list for a puppy. The high cost is an indicator that a responsible breeder has incorporated costs related to importing and care into the cost of the puppy. Therefore, a higher cost is a sign you’ve found someone who cares about the health and well-being of their puppies. Curlsroc…
Lagotto Romagnolo dogs have a curly double coat in a variety of colors. In terms of markings, they may have a brown face mask. Their coat colors are brown, white and brown, orange, white and orange, off-white, and brown roan.
This is a small to medium sized breed. Fully grown, a Lagotto Romagnolo will measure 16-19 inches tall at the shoulder. They’ll usually grow to weigh about 24-35 pounds.
Lagotto Romagnolo dogs have won a lot of hearts since the Renaissance for a reason. They are devoted and affectionate family companions. They do very well among other dogs, and are open and kind to strangers. While they can be socialized to kids of any age, they generally do best with older kids or kids who are used to dogs. It’s always a good idea to supervise interactions between your dog and children. Lagottos Smile…
Your Lagotto Romagnolo will have a fair amount of playful energy. While they don’t require a lot of physical exercise, they will definitely need mental stimulation. If you choose one, be sure you can give them daily devoted dog-to-person time. Lagotto Romagnolo dogs do not do well if separated from their families for long periods of time. Many Lagotto owners recommend giving them a sandbox for digging, giving them an outlet for otherwise destructive behavior. If you need an outlet for their energy, you may consider canine sports like rally or agility trials. In addition, since they love water, dock diving may be an enjoyable option for your Lagotto.
Lagotto Romagnolo dogs have a high level of intelligence, combined with an eagerness to please. This should make training a fairly easy process. In fact, Lagotti are good candidates for other types of training, including service, detection of medical conditions, and search and rescue.
Lagotto Romagnolo Puppies – Veterinary Needs
A responsible Lagotto Romagnolo breeder will perform screenings in their breeding pairs for health issues common to the breed. While they’re generally very healthy, Lagotti can still inherit conditions like hip and elbow dysplasia, juvenile epilepsy, and lysosomal storage diseases. Even if you have their complete health information, it’s still a good idea to check for the development of symptoms for these conditions. Regular vet visits should also help with detection, diagnosis, and treatment. Don’t be afraid to contact your vet if you notice any changes in health or behavior. Dreamyskennel…
After getting your puppy, schedule vet visits every three weeks until your Lagotto Romagnolo is a few months old. These visits will help your vet get to know your Lagotto better, and make sure they’re growing up healthy and happy. In addition, this is where your vet will administer a series of puppy vaccinations. These will include shots for parvovirus, distemper, and rabies. You can also vaccinate your dog against kennel cough, or Bordetella, at one of these visits. Read our puppy vaccine schedule for more information.
As with any dog, you’ll want to select a high-quality food or recipe. Whatever food you choose should have a good percentage of protein from identifiable sources to support your Lagotto’s physical energy. A good amount of healthy fats will also support their brain function and mental energy. Since there are risks associated with feeding raw or grain-free diets, make sure either of these are the best choice for your pup before committing. If you prefer to control what your dog eats, you can also home-cook their meals. Italy_creek…
Consider your Lagotto Romagnolo’s age, weight, and overall health before committing to a food. Your veterinarian or a certified pet nutritionist should be able to help you with this process.
Even though Lagotto Romagnolo dogs have a double coat, they only shed a minimal amount. In addition, their curly, waterproof coat is hair, not fur texture. You should still check for mats and tangles behind their ears, on their bellies, in their armpits, and under their tails. Brush them regularly with a pin brush or a slicker brush. They need once a month baths, unless they like getting stinky or dirty, in which case you should bathe them more often. It’s a good idea to set them up on a regular professional grooming schedule for haircuts.
Unless you’re walking your Lagotto Romagnolo on hard surfaces frequently, you should trim their nails about once every two weeks. Check their floppy ears regularly for wax buildup, debris, and signs of infection. This is especially important if your Lagotto loves to swim. Brush their teeth regularly.