I knew Lagottos were the breed for me, the second I found them. After reading about them, I couldn't wait to meet one in person. I was already convinced that there was no better breed for me. This was the breed I had been searching for. I was not able to meet one prior to getting my own, but I was not disappointed. If you like what you read about the breed, believe me, it won't compare to the real thing.
Lagottos can be aloof with strangers, so other people's dogs will not act with you, like your own dog would. The internet is a confusing thing for people who don't really know dogs, and it is a constant struggle for breeders to correct some of the info. It always tells you to meet the parents of the puppy, and see how they respond to you. Because of this, some people expect them to come running and bouncing to them. They won't, because they don't know you. You are a stranger in their home. There are breeds that do that. There are more than don't.
They are really smart, and want to make their own decisions about people. Sometimes they will warm up on your first visit. Sometimes they won't. That is normal. Sometimes there is something about a particular person they simply don't like, and I trust their judgement. They are in no way aggressive, they do not bark, or growl, or anything like that. If they don't like you, they will just ignore you. They are all so sweet, but it is a breed trait for them to be aloof with strangers. Sometimes they make a liar out of me, and act like their normal selves, just like kids.
Paris is the calmest of the bunch, and an angel. She is extremely taken with little kids and will follow them around, bring them toys, and just looks adoringly at them while she is near them. She is a super gentle girl and is my cuddle bug. She loves to go to the park and go swimming, but she likes to get in and out of the water. She is one of the only Lagottos that likes to go into the barn when morning chores are being done. She also likes to go into the shop and greenhouse when morning greenhouse chores are being done.
She is a really sweet girl. She is a great combination of playful and cuddly. She LOVES to go to the beach, and loves to swim. She likes to visit with other dogs, and occasionally some people, when she is at the beach. She is super friendly with other animals. She adores kids, She is also a very rare tri color roan. She and Paris are siblings.
Cocco is an Italian import, and trained truffle hunter. He has the most happy go lucky personality I may have ever seen. Nothing ever phases him. He really could not be any nicer. He is a stunning example of his breed physically and personality. I was in awe when I got him. He simply could not be any better. He lives with my daughter, as does Cooper. Since our dogs are house dogs, and we don't have a kennel, we want to make sure there are no unplanned breedings. Valentina is his sibling, so it is doubly important there are no accidental breedings.
Cooper is the love of my life. He is an amazing boy in all ways. He is so sweet and has a very outgoing personality. He is extremely cuddly and very gentle. He loves to go for walks and will swim, but doesn't dive right in like some others. He is super sweet to all other animals. He does not have an alpha bone in his body. He is an incredible example of the breed. He was super high energy as a puppy but really mellowed out as he got older. Cooper lives with my daughter, as does Cocco. They get along perfectly, and it is easier on them and us, when a girl is in heat. He is super sweet with the grandbabies, and loves to play toys.
Valentina is my silly sweet girl. She is very playful, LOVES her toys and is a champion fetcher. She is a snuggly girl with a typical Lagotto loving, playful personality. She is great with kids and loves to play with the kitties, when the kitties will allow it. She is super gentle and will gladly make friends with any other animal. I love her temperament.
Callie is the most athletic Lagotto we've had. She is sweet sweet sweet. She is very free with her affections, in a very soft and gentle way. When Callie was a pup. baby gates didn't mean "don't cross", they were an invitation to show us her tremendous agility skills and scaled them with ease, no matter how high. I would have loved to do agility with Callie. She would have shown those Border Collies who the queen is. She loves the water and will share the kiddie pool gladly with the grandkids (whether she was invited or not).
Callie is retired from breeding, and I would consider placing Callie in the right home. She would be great in a home with people who are more laid back, want a great companion, and doesn't mind a dog cuddling on the couch. She would be absolutely perfect for an older couple or single, who want a great companion dog. She is not going to be one who will run around with kids in the yard, because she is more a low key kind of girl now. She is very sweet with kids. She is 7 now. I am in no hurry, and will keep her forever unless the right match comes along.
Lucy is our Spanish Water Dog. We needed a herding dog for the sheep and I just couldn't get used to the idea of adding a Border Collie or other herding breeds. I don't like the noise, and I don't like that they herd by nipping and scaring the sheep. I wanted a farm dog that would fit in with our family, has a similar personality to our Lagottos, be gentle with the animals and kids, and still get the job done. They use them as farm dogs in Spain, so after speaking to breeders for two years, hours and hours of research, we decided to give it a shot. We imported Lucy from a show breeder in Europe. We could not be happier with our choice. She was better than I ever imagined she would be. I am glad we waited and found this fantastic dog.
Violette is a long long waited addition to our family. I wanted a Barbet initially, and could not decide between Barbets and Lagottos. We tossed it back and forth until we ultimately decided on Lagottos. I always had it in my mind that I wanted a Barbet some day. Well that "some day" came, and my beautiful Violette arrived. She is a gorgeous, solid brown color. She is much different than my Lagottos, more than I expected. I expected there to be a big similarity. I absolutely adore Violette, as I do all my dogs. She is SMART, and is amazing at problem solving. I have brain game puzzles that I do with my dogs, and they all get it, but Violette gets them within seconds, every time. She is a unique dog, different from any dog I have ever known, and I am truly blessed to have her as a companion. I am thinking we might train her to herd, because she shows natural ability and she is a gentle girl with the other animals. We have Scottish Highland cows, and they aren't bossed as easily by one dog. If she doesn't take to herding, then we will get another SWD to train to help Lucy on the farm. Violette is a companion only. We have no intention to breed Barbets.