Who is running the Database and Breeder Recommendations web site?
This website is a resource provided by the Lagotto Romagnolo Foundation, Inc. , a public charity, to further our mission through education: “Committed to protecting the health and longevity of the Lagotto Romagnolo through education and scientific research.”
- Our database is open for submission to all dogs that have completed and passed the required health tests.
- There is no membership and no fee.
- We are independent from any dog club and independent from any commercial interests.
- We are solely financing ourselves through donations and fundraising projects.
This is a completely voluntary program, some breeders with very good breeding practices may choose not to include their dogs in the database. We are also not including retired dogs.
We provide further educational resources for potential puppy buyers to help them locate ethical breeders on their own.
Why another database?
Yes, there are already health related databases for purebred dogs and the Lagotto Romagnolo benefits from the testing and information contained in those databases. However, there is no database that brings all the health information together in one location for ease of research and verification for potential puppy buyers and other breeders looking for potential matches for their breeding programs.
Our approach is to include information from the other public databases as well as the information that was submitted by dog owners. This voluntary database will be a valuable tool for the breed and our hope is that it will help to educate Lagotti enthusiasts about the importance of health testing.
Currently results for one dog may be located in multiple places online or by certificate given to the owner. Hip results can come from OFA, PennHip or Foreign registries and multiple testing locations offer BFJE and LSD tests. This database will list verified data on all of the required test results and also include information on furnishing, bite or parents. The option for a pedigree to be attached to the dog’s record is also available.
This is a voluntary program that dog owners must submit a form and meet the health testing requirements mentioned herein. Each dog in our database must have met minimum health testing requirements on hips, patellas (mandatory after September 2017), eyes, BFJE and LSD and submit proof before being included.
Please keep in mind that this database is a work in progress and unintentional inaccuracies may have occurred. If you feel that some of the data is incorrect, or have proof of different data, please contact us immediately.
What about the AKC “Bred with Heart” and “Breeder of Merit” lists?
These programs are sponsored by the American Kennel Club and while many very reputable breeders do participate and follow the requirements the AKC does not require proof of testing in order to be included. They require a simple online application with check-boxes for a breeder to mark that they do the tests with no verification or validation that the dogs have taken or passed the tests. AKC will ask for verification only AFTER someone reports a problem, but even then the only consequence from AKC would be to remove them from the list and not refund their annual fee.
Some of these programs give potential puppy buyers a sense of security however it is important for you to ask the questions and require proof of testing when searching for a potential Breeder.
What about the OFA CHIC listing?
A CHIC Listing (Canine Health Information Center) is given to dogs that have completed specific health testing recommended by a breeds parent club. Dogs can receive a ‘CHIC’ number whether they have passed the health screening or not and it does not signify that the dog should be bred.
While this a good start and it is important that parent clubs promote health testing for their breed it is simply another tool to aide in your research and should not be used as a ‘stamp of approval’ when researching health.