FAQ

 

 

Do you health test?

Yes, we do everything that we can to ensure that our dogs are sound and healthy.  Please see the individual pages for each of our dogs for their health results.  More information can be found about the issues that can arise in our breed under the tab “Health”.

 

Have dogs from your kennel ever… ?

We get questions about different activities and can safely say that we’ve had dogs doing such things as:

  • showing
  • obedience
  • agility
  • flyball
  • tracking
  • dock diving
  • nose work
  • service dogs
  • therapy dogs

 

Do you ever have adults available for rehoming?

Adults can become available at times.  They will be listed on the website and Facebook.

 

Do you keep a waiting list for puppies?

We have found that, because we don’t breed all that often, an ongoing waiting list has little value because the list becomes dated and those on it may have changed circumstances in the meantime.  Litter sizes and the genders are of course unknowns as well.  We start an “interested in the upcoming litter” list once we have done a mating.  It is not a race to get on this list as puppies are not usually allocated until they are around 6 to 7 weeks of age, but the sooner we are aware of your interest the better so that you don’t miss out.

 

How will we know when you will be expecting pups?

The website and our Facebook page will be updated after a mating has taken place.  There will be an “Interested” form made available on the website.

Further updates will later be made to confirm that the pregnancy is viable. With puppy updates throughout the litter.

 

How long is a canine pregnancy?

From the date of the first mating, we can count roughly 63 days until the birth.  When progesterone testing is used as a tool in finding the perfect timing for the mating the birth date is more accurate also.

 

How much are the puppies?

Puppies are $4000.

We will sometimes suggest a deposit of $500 once we are sure that things will proceed.  This deposit will of course come off the total amount, which should be transferred during the week before the puppy is due to go home.  The deposit will be fully refunded should there be no suitable puppy in the litter.

 

Can we choose our puppy?

With every litter that we breed our objective is to find a terrific example of the Lagotto breed to stay with us, probably become a show dog, and possibly continue our lines.  This takes lots of time spent playing with the puppies, handling them, grooming and bathing them, and generally getting to know every puppy from nose to tail.  This of course benefits every single baby, but really helps us in our process.  This decision can sometimes be made by around six weeks, but sometimes it requires us to ‘run on’ a couple until they are older so that we can be sure of our choice.

Whilst we are getting to know these little ones as we live with them and raise them, we are finding out ‘who’ they are and what type of family they might fit best.  This is the main way in which we place our puppies.  We find out from you what you are looking for in a dog and we try to match you (also taking into consideration your preferences for colour or sex).  Sometimes there is more than one pup that might suit you – in this case we will present to you what we know from our interactions with the little ones and let you have your preference.

We know it is challenging waiting to know whether there will be a puppy suitable for you, and which puppy is yours, but we really appreciate your patience and will do our best to give you the best outcome.

 

At what age do the puppies go to their new homes?

Usually at 8 weeks of age.  Sometimes the pups will be less mature than other litters and may need to stay for a little longer.

 

Can we meet the parents?

The mother will be living with us and she will be with her babies for the duration of the litter, so you can definitely meet her.

We do not force weaning, we like mum to indicate when she’s done and slow them down naturally herself as they start to eat solids.  Most commonly we find that the girls really enjoy their kids and will often continue to ‘comfort’ feed them right up until they depart to start their new lives.