- Edward Hoagland
I don't have a 'kennel' of dogs and do not breed often. I do carefully plan breeding opportunities to continue my small breeding program and produce lovely, well-bred Lagotti.
My puppies are placed in homes where I feel they will be the best fit as lifetime companions or performance/sport dogs. If you are interested in a puppy please start by submitting the questionnaire below so we can get to know each other. It is important for us to ask each other questions and get acquainted.
I keep a list of potential homes for my litters and stay in contact with everyone as litters are being planned and after they are whelped. For people with a specific timeline for getting a puppy it may be easier for you to look for a breeder that fits your timeline needs.
Puppy evaluation and placement are a very important part of my job. There is no 'one size fits all' in a litter, which is why it is important for us to get to know each other.
Once puppies arrive I will have a general idea of who is available and as they grow they are evaluated over the weeks with the placement choices usually made by 6 weeks.
Just because there are puppies does not always mean that the ‘right’ puppy is in the litter for a specific person. Watching the puppies develop and using standard temperament testing processes will help me make choices for placement. I don’t place puppies on a ‘first come…’ basis, we will discuss my thoughts on the puppies and match to your desires as the new lifelong home.
Puppies will go to their new homes between 9-10 weeks of age.
I encourage visitation for potential homes at appropriate development times. If that isn't available we can do some Zoom calls along the way.
The best way for everyone to stay connected and see daily litter updates is to join the Facebook page (Wilhaven Lagotto) it is the easiest way for me to share with the larger group. I understand that some people aren't fans of social media but you will miss out on a lot of fun updates that are shared in the group.
Filling out and submitting this Puppy Inquiry Form will get you started. You will receive an email reply with some additional information.
I am happy to help you in your search and refer you to a few other ethical breeders.
Everyone I will refer you to will probably have a waiting list for upcoming litters.
Be patient and it will be worth it!
I do not take deposits for puppies before the puppy placement is decided. Once there is a litter and a decision is made on your puppy a $500 refundable deposit is required.
This is generally at about 6 weeks.
You will be required to come to pick up the puppy in person. We will make discuss pick-up dates for the puppy when the time comes. I do not ship puppies - if the puppy needs to go by plane you'll be required to fly to pick up.
The puppies are whelped and raised in my home.
I use the Puppy Culture program to provide developmentally appropriate enrichment and learning for the litter from birth.
I strongly encourage anyone seeking a puppy to watch the foundation Puppy Culture program videos to learn about the importance of early development on the life of your next dog.
Everything!! Remember that you are adding a dog that will be in your life for 13+ years. It's a big commitment.
Here is a good list of questions to ask every breeder, but this should just be the starting point.