Since the Lagotto is such a rare breed we are asked lots of questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked ones:
Does the Lagotto shed?
In a word, no. The Lagotto is a non-shedding breed. Due to that fact it is a breed that needs periodic grooming to keep them looking their best. However, it is a rustic breed and its appearance should reflect that. No poodle clips here.
Is the Lagotto good with kids?
Yes. Our Lagotto has done amazingly well in families with kids. Our main principle of breeding is to place a great deal of weight on temperament. So, yes, our Lagotto are great with kids.
Are Lagottos hypoallergenic?
No breed of dog can be guaranteed to be 100% hypoallergenic, but the Lagotto rates high on the list of breeds that does well with people who suffer from allergies. Given its medium size, and our dogs' fabulous temperaments, many of our puppies have found wonderful homes with people who suffer from allergies.
Does the Lagotto require much grooming?
Due to the Lagotto's non-shedding coat, it does require regular trips to the groomer for clipping to keep it looking the best. Brushing your puppy on a regular basis will help keep the mats away.
Any have special dietary requirements?
Some Lagotto seems to have an intolerance for grains. This isn't a big deal for us since we feed and highly recommend feeding a RAW or BARF diet. If you are unable to feed a raw diet we recommend Nature's Variety Instinct brand kibble. It is grain free and one of the best kibbles on the market and is available in most specialty Pet Stores. Nature's Variety also makes a "complete" raw diet in easy to serve cubes.
How much exercise does the Lagotto require?
In our experience and the experience of our puppy buyers, the Lagotto is quite adaptable to its environment. If you are looking for a jogging partner he will run right along with you. If you are more laid-back and looking for a couch-buddy you will find your Lagotto more than willing to join you! More than anything they want to please you and adapt to you and your life quite well. We do recommend, however, regular exercise for the overall health of your Lagotto.
What health issues affect the Lagotto?
Overall, the Lagotto is a healthy breed and live up to 16 years. There are a few health considerations, however.
One is hip dysplasia, and that is why all of our breeding stock is screened and we only breed dogs with good hips.
Another issue is Benign Juvenile Epilepsy. It causes the puppies to flop over between 5 to 9 weeks of age and resolves itself spontaneously by 8 to 13 weeks. Even though this is not a fatal disease all of our breeding stock have been genetically tested and are clear of the gene identified as causing the defect. Nobody wants to take a puppy home and have it falling over for a period of weeks so we do not breed any adult that carries or was affected by this disease.
The third is Lagotto (Lysosomal) Storage Disease. This is a fatal degenerative neurological disease for which we have a genetic test. We do not breed any dogs that carry the gene for LSD.