Our philosophy

Our philosophy is really very simple: breed the best dogs we can while developing the health and temperament that will make each owner proud to own one of our dogs. While breeding is not an exact science and genetics only make up part of the equation, overall temperament and health are carefully monitored on our sire and dams.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a rare breed, and it is our commitment to make sure that each of our puppies will be placed in the best possible homes. While we take every precaution to make sure that we incorporate proper and ethical breeding standards, each prospective owner needs to know that there is no perfect dog, and a breeder should be willing to discuss the positive points as well as the negative.

Just a word of caution about the Lagotto Romagnolo. The Lagotto has a limited gene pool. The Lagotto Romagnolo comes with its fine qualities as well as some that are difficult to genetically control. Breeders are working to improve hips, and are tracking cases of a neurological deficit called Benign Familial Juvenile Epilepsy (BFJE). In fact, Finland has just developed a genetics test that should help isolate this gene, so breeders can hopefully eradicate BFJE in all future litters.

Our dogs have been imported from quality breeding lines from the Netherlands, Italy, Canada and Sweden. We are proud of all the dogs and how they have developed. Our commitment and goal is to continue a tradition of producing quality dogs. As breeders, we can advise you about our dogs. Our data is formed after thorough studying, observing and knowledgeable experience.

All our puppies are placed with a written contract. A pet is expected to be neutered/spayed. A show or breed prospect puppy is the same as a pet puppy except it has been evaluated as having the future potential to carry on the breed in structure, type and temperament. This is also determined through future showing at various dog shows, and health testing.

Our puppies are placed in homes to be raised with families and not in kennels. We require that for their lifetime our puppies cannot be resold, transferred ownership, placed or given away. All new owners must agree that if, for any reason, they cannot keep one of our dogs, they will contact us immediately, and arrangements to return the dog will be settled. We will always take our dogs back at any age. This eliminates our dogs from ending up in shelters or puppy mills.

Choosing a Lagotto Romagnolo is a rewarding experience. Our commitment to you is to be there as a resource, offer a support system, and answer any questions you may have. We will give you a puppy starter kit, and a list of other resources for nutrition, training and general care. As the ownership of the Lagotto is long term, so is our commitment to you.

Dan and Therese Williams

Montagna del Mare • Email • Ferndale, Washington USA • 360-384-3753