Right for you?

Is he the right dog for you?

Noisy and lively as a puppy, the Lagotto grows up to be a sensible, happy, affectionate; robust and agile little dog. Very trainable, as well as a waterfowler and truffler he makes an excellent family companion and a good warning dog.

With a Lagotto sleeping on your landing you need never fear someone trying to break into your house without you knowing. Unlike many breeds Lagotto sleep with one ear open.

Being a robust little dog of obvious working type the male members of the household will not feel embarrassed to be seen taking a Lagotto for his walk in the park.

Lagotto puppy with young girl imageAs a breed they usually have a natural affinity with children as for centuries the peasant marshmen shared their homes with their little dogs relying on them to watch over the household and warn of intruders. Thus the Lagotto also has an acute sense of hearing and although he is not a “yappy” dog he can be quite vocal if strangers are in the vicinity of his home. As a breed Lagotto are quire territorial and thus they may take a time before admitting strangers into their personal space.

Most breeds that evolved to hunt for man have functional coats and the Lagotto is no exception. Being a non shedding breed he is particularly suitable for families with allergy sufferers and his coat can be kept short by clipping two or three times a year. The coat needs to be regularly removed from inside the ear canal otherwise ear problems may develop.

Obviously pups differ in the amount of working ability they inherit and it is important that the pup's particular temperament suits the lifestyle it is destined for. Whilst most Lagotto develop into sensible friendly dogs, some are obviously more suited to being urban companion dogs (latent couch potatoes) whilst others show that streak of independence and hunting ability that makes them suitable for a family with an active lifestyle. Those contemplating ownership of a Lagotto must note however that this is a breed that requires training from DAY ONE.

First and foremost however, all Lagotto need the companionship of human beings and that is their number one requirement. They live happily as an only dog as historically in Italy they have been kept as single dogs or at the most in two's or three's. As a breed they have relatively few inherited diseases. As well as the recently discovered Cerebella Anomaly cateract has been found in a few Lagotto. (In the UK all breeding stock is screened for eye diseases) There are no known eye problems and hip dysplasia is minimal. (In the UK breeding stock is screened under the KC-BVA Scheme) Average life span is longer than many breeds. Eleven to twelve years seems an average age in Italy with some Lagotto living well into their middle 'teens.

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