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Why do Lagotto cost so much?

Updated: Jul 2, 2023


Lagotto Romagnolos are often considered a relatively expensive breed, and several factors contribute to their higher price:

  1. Many of our current Lagotto are imported from Europe, several during COVID. Because of the disruption to international travel this became a very costly endeavor. That said, we believe that we have brought some of the best blood lines in the world to our kennel and have high hopes for these current pups potential in the show ring - and in your home.

  2. Rarity: Lagotto Romagnolos are still considered a relatively rare breed, particularly outside of their native Italy. The limited number of Lagotto breeders and the breed's relatively small gene pool contribute to the higher cost of acquiring a Lagotto puppy. The scarcity of available puppies increases the demand, which, in turn, affects the price.

  3. Health Testing: Responsible breeders prioritize the health and well-being of their dogs. Lagotto Romagnolos are prone to certain hereditary health conditions such as hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and storage diseases. Reputable breeders invest in health testing for their breeding dogs to ensure they are not passing on these genetic diseases to their offspring. The cost of health tests and certifications adds to the overall cost of breeding and raising Lagotto puppies. As a side effect of health testing is the expense of removing a dog that we have invested in heavily from our program if he or she should not meet our standards.

  4. Breeding Expenses: Breeding Lagotto Romagnolos involves various expenses, including veterinary care, genetic testing, health clearances, stud fees, and proper care for the dam and her puppies. Responsible breeders invest significant time, effort, and resources into producing healthy, well-socialized puppies. These expenses are reflected in the price of the puppies.

  5. Show and Working Titles: Lagotto Romagnolos with show or working titles may command higher prices. Dogs with proven conformation or working abilities often come from lines with a strong pedigree and may have undergone additional training and participation in various competitions and events. These achievements contribute to their higher value.

  6. Breeder Reputation: Reputable breeders who are committed to breeding high-quality Lagotto Romagnolos, health testing, and proper socialization often charge higher prices for their puppies. Their experience, knowledge, and dedication to the breed are reflected in the price, as well as their ongoing support and guidance they provide to puppy buyers.

It's important to note that the price of a Lagotto Romagnolo is not solely an indicator of quality. When considering purchasing a Lagotto, it's crucial to research and find a reputable breeder who prioritizes the health, temperament, and overall well-being of their dogs. A higher price tag should be accompanied by transparency, health guarantees, proper documentation, and ongoing support from the breeder.


Remember that acquiring a dog, regardless of the breed, is a long-term commitment that involves not only the initial purchase price but also ongoing expenses for their care, including food, grooming, veterinary care, and training.


We have puppies currently available and can be reached at NWLagotto@gmail.com if you would like to know more.

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