Demand for our puppies is overwhelming and we are cautious about taking on more Lagottos than we can comfortably manage. In 2019 we decided to address this issue by inviting some of our friends to join us. Jess and Nay were our first partners. They live five minutes from our front door on a lovely little farm where they keep chickens, goats, sheep and guinea fowl. Jess has been involved in animal rescue for years, already owned several dogs, and is currently completing a PhD examining different approaches to companion dog breeding. With Nay, she purchased her first breeding Lagotto in 2019, and later set up her own kennel prefix, Ludivine. They now have 2-3 litters per year, which keeps them busy and means we have access to more pups for our long list of potential owners. Jess and Nay's small breeding team are shown below.
Bramble might not be at her most elegant in this photo but she's a farm dog after all and prefers to be happy rather than clean. Bramble is equal parts cheeky and sweet and has a nose that would rival a bloodhounds. She's not a very big Lagotto but managed to produce seven lovely puppies in her first litter, born early 2020. One of these is Nutmeg, who you can read more about below.
Nutmeg was one of four brown girls in Jess and Nay's first litter. We suspect she may have been the naughtiest one, but she's finding her place on the farm and is learning how not to chase the chickens or annoy the sheep. Time will tell if she's good enough to join the breeding team but her pedigree is impeccable so we are feeling reasonably confident.
Coming from Incavale in NSW, Nancy is Jess' first show dog and was working her way towards her championship title when COVID struck down all thoughts of dog showing. She's now had a hair cut more suited to farm life and has decided to trade glamour for a family until the world rights itself again. Hopefully her first litter of pups, sired by our very own Danny, will arrive some time in the second half of 2020.
Crumpet is a kiwi-bred boy who arrived at Jess and Nay's from Glenstar Lagottos mid 2019. He has fitted in well and has been charming judges and the general public alike with his very sweet nature all across Victoria. He has quite a bit of growing to do yet but we think he's pretty special!
Could you resist this? Hannah is one of eight puppies produced by Georgie and Errol in 2020. We decided she needed to stay close to home so she joined the team at Ludivine, where she and Nutmeg spend their days happily romping on the farm. Let's hope Hannah lives up to her early promise. She is a delightful puppy and will most likely have beautiful puppies of her own one day.