COVID-19: Puppy Availability
The LRCGB is unaware of any Lagotto puppies either available or planned at the present time. The current restrictions on travel and social distancing make it impossible for bitches to be taken to be mated in the normal way. Responsible breeders would also be unwilling to sell puppies to unvetted homes, and prospective owners should also want to get to meet their breeder, visit the puppies and see them with their mother – all impossible until restrictions are lifted.
The LRCGB’s Puppy Advisers remain happy to answer questions on the breed and the suitability of a Lagotto to your circumstances. We recommend that you watch the website for any update on a return to normal, and always welcome potential owners and their families to Club events, to meet the dogs as well as their owners and breeders.
If you are reading this and are interested in taking your search for a Lagotto further, as well as doing your own research into the breed to assess suitability, please do come and meet us and our dogs first-hand. We have our Club Stand at Discover Dogs every year – at Crufts at the NEC in March and at ExCel London in October. We also have many events during the year where we welcome prospective and new members to come along and meet us and our dogs. Have a look at our Meet our Lagotto section and our Events pages and/or contact any of the Committee for information about which event may be most suitable.
Once you are at the next stage of wanting to move forward with ownership of a Lagotto, we wholeheartedly recommend that anyone looking for a puppy takes care to choose from health tested stock (both dam and sire). Within our Breeders List section you will find important information on what tests we recommend a breeder carries out on any breeding stock, together with suggestions of which test results you should be given or should ask to see. Our Puppy Advisers listed below are here to assist with any questions that you may have regarding puppies, whether generally about the breed or in relation to your search for a Lagotto.
LRCGB Puppy Adviser contacts
We have a few of our Committee Members who are specifically dedicated to helping prospective owners with information on both the breed's characteristics and the availability of puppies. Please feel free to contact us for advice or if you have any queries.
'See Them Suckling!'
We are supporters of the ‘See them suckling!’ campaign – in terms of the importance of personally seeing a puppy suckling from his/her mother. Seeing both dam and puppies in their natural environment at a time when the puppies are still reliant on their mother brings reassurance to any new owner.
Whilst we recognise that there are cases of successful imports from overseas by breeders and owners, we would nevertheless urge prospective importers to pay particular attention to the health testing requirements in the country of origin.
Under no circumstances should any puppy leave its breeder before the age of eight weeks.