The health database is used to record and compile verifiable health data on individual dogs from Lagotto breeders and owners. The data collected will be publicly available for use by breeders, owners and researchers in order to identify and reduce health issues in our breed. We will encourage all breeders and owners to voluntarily submit health data to be included for the betterment of our breed. All of the data included will be verified for accuracy to protect the integrity of the database. We want to have the most complete and accurate data available for the Lagotto Romagnolo.
Breeders: The database will allow breeders to search information when researching pedigrees to plan breeding and make more informed decisions for future breeding. It will allow breeders to direct puppy buyers to one location where they can share the results of health tests.
Owners: Companion dog owners are very important for our breed and this project. Many owners of companion dogs don’t think about getting their dogs tested but their genetic data can be very valuable to the overall health and wellness of the breed. Example: if a litter of 8 puppies is raised and 6 go to companion homes with only the 2 kept for breeding being tested the breeder is not getting a good genetic sampling of the litter to make future decisions.
Research: The database will be available to assist scientific researchers with their efforts to identify and cure diseases in our breed. Our goal to collaborate with researchers on projects beneficial to the health of the breed will be greatly enhanced with this database.