About Us

Our Story

While roaming around the walled city of San Gimignano, outside of Florence, Bob came across a dog in an old-fashioned pharmacy. Bob was dazzled by this puppy and found out that it was a Cane de Tartufo (a truffle dog).

Back home Bob & Linda started their research and learned that it was a Logotto Romagnolo breed. Bob travels to Italy twice a year and during this search period would drive to the birthplace of Lagotto in search of puppies to bring home. He visited as many breeders as possible and finally settled on Lorenzo Ciacci a breeder from whom he got his first Lagotto. That puppy was Gigi sired by Lorenzo's world champion Alan.

Thus it began with the arrival of Gigi and Meta as our much-loved pets. Gigi stayed with us, and Meta lived with Linda's mother, Esther, who passed away in 2007. After Esther's' passing Meta moved on to be a wonderful companion to another widowed lady on Long Island.  Meta had a wonderful life with an adoring community around her. And even became a service dog visiting and comforting people in the hospitals.

After getting puppies we knew we needed a trainer, and feel blessed to have found the late, great Donna Malce. Her passion for dogs was contagious. Not only did Gigi and Meta become ARBA Champions, Gigi went on to become the 2005 Junior World Champion in Buenos Aires. With the ribbons, rosettes, and Championships came the birth of Buonamici Lagotto, and the many good friendships we have made along the way.

Our dogs have been featured on Animal Planets Dogs 101 Rare Breeds. Champion Gigi guides everyone through the wonderful world of the Lagotto Romagnolo. Our puppies from the spring of 2009 are also highly featured in the program, as are Iris and Sally, both wonderful Lagotto imported by us.

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy on breeding is built on what we call the 3 T's:   Temperament, Temperament, Temperament!

We aren't naive enough to believe that every dog we produce will end up staying with us, or even as show-dogs. So, we plan each breeding with Temperament foremost in our thoughts and decisions. Now don't get us wrong, there is much more that goes into our thought process and decision-making, but we WILL NOT breed dogs with questionable temperaments and spend a great deal of time raising our puppies to go the "extra-mile" to make sure that when they leave us that they are healthy, well-adjusted puppies that fit easily into their new families.

Since we have been bitten by the "dog-bug" we have spent a great deal of time and money importing the best dogs possible and having them shown and trained by well-respected professionals from whom we have gained so much knowledge.

We screen all breeding stock for hereditary issues to do everything possible that not only are our dogs beautiful and well-adjusted but that they are healthy as well. We strive to do everything we can to guarantee not only our own dogs' success but to make sure that our puppies are exceptionally successful in their new homes and families.

This is Us

Our dogs live in our home and are our beloved pets and friends to us. This is a little bit about us...


Bob Zemmel

Finder & Chief Instructor


Linda Zemmel

Chief Puppy Manager

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Chief Puppy

He kept Gigi and Meta in line and taught them English. He learned a bit of Italian from them as well. Mostly begging tricks but still in Italian. Sadly the Pupster is no longer with us but he is the one that started us on this journey and will always be a part of us.

Interested? ...

Please fill out our Puppy Questionnaire and we will call you within 48 hours to discuss what we have available or planned.

Watch the Lagotto Romagnolo on Animal Planet's Rare Breeds Segment