Wilhaven Lagotto Romagnolo

Wilhaven - Quality without Compromise!

Shiba Inu

In 1990 I read an article about a small Japanese dog that was new in the USA, they weren’t fully recognized by the AKC yet. After doing a bit of research on the breed I decided that the Shiba Inu was a breed I wanted to have in my life. There were only a few breeders in the USA at that time and I was fortunate to find a beautiful Shiba that started the Wilhaven journey. I can’t imagine my life without a Shiba in it- they are an amazing dog when properly bred, raised and trained. With very selective breeding and ethics I have produced some amazing Shibas and earned the AKC Breeder of Merit designation.

My history with the dogs

My name is Elizabeth Williams and my dogs and I currently reside in Eugene, Oregon.  
I am a professional dog trainer am involved in many different activities with my dogs - Conformation, Rally, Obedience, Treibball, Nose Work, Truffle Hunting
and just having fun!

I have been involved with both Rottweilers and Shiba Inu for over 30 years, with both of those wonderful breeds sharing many adventures and accomplishments.

Currently my life revolves around my Lagotto Romagnolo and my special senior Shiba Inu.

As a breeder I believe in selectively breeding my dogs with the goal to support the
well-being of the breed by adhering to high ethical standards.

Research, planning and great care go into every puppy I produce and raise.

My commitment to the breeds I have been involved with includes actively working to educate the public, mentor new breeders and support breed rescue.


The first breed that impacted my life was the Rottweiler. I’ve raised and shown Rottweilers since 1986, it was the breed that brought me into the ‘dog world’. There is nothing like a well bred, properly trained Rottweiler.  They are a beautiful, loyal and loving family companion.

My last very special Rottwiler, Lyric- Ch. Nighthawks Zippity Do Dah, RE, CD, CGC- crossed the Rainbow Bridge in August 2016.   

Lagotto Romagnolo

After 5 years of research of the breed and a year of building a relationship with an awesome breeder in Switzerland, in 2010 I brought home the first wonderful little curly dog that makes me smile every day.

The Lagotto is an Italian Water Dog with a nose for Truffle Hunting and a fun, happy, loving temperament.  I adore this breed and I look forward to being a responsible steward of this wonderful breed as it gains in popularity in the USA.

Breeding Pilosophy

President & co-founder of -

The Lagotto Romagnolo Foundation, Inc.

Lagotto Romagnolo Club of America, Inc.

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

National Shiba Inu Club of America

Breed Affiliations