Lagotto Romagnolo Dog Breed Information Center (LRDC)
The LRDC was founded in 1996. Its purpose is to promote the welfare of all dogs of the breed through education, research, and advocacy.
The organization’s mission statement reads: “To foster and maintain a high standard of dog breeding for the benefit of all dog lovers.”
In order to achieve its goals, the LRDC works with several partners including dog shows, breed clubs, shelters, veterinarians and other organizations. It also helps raise public awareness about the benefits of responsible dog ownership and breeds.
“We are not just interested in promoting good health or helping dogs survive,” says founder David Shiffman. “Our main goal is to make sure every dog has a chance at life.”
David Shiffman, the founder of the LRDC, began working on his passion for dogs when he was only two years old. His father had been a police officer and taught him how to respond to situations.
At age five, David started training his own pups at home. By age nine, he was selling them door-to-door to earn money so that he could buy new equipment and train more dogs.
When David was in college, he read about a boy named Billy who had been bitten by a pit bull and later died from rabies. David became very aware of the horrors that can occur when dogs are not properly trained and didn’t want to see such events happen again.
It was then that he decided to become a dog behaviorist and help people train their pets.
The organization’s headquarters is located in Florida; the on-staff veterinarian works out of an office in Georgia. The organization also works closely with several universities and various other animal-related businesses and services.
The Lagotto is a rare breed of dog that is native only to the Italian region of Apennines, where it was bred to hunt for aquatic prey in fields and marshy areas. It is an ancient breed and is thought to have been used for duck hunting in the Renaissance era by Italian royalty.
It eventually became a popular pet among the Italian nobility and royalty.
The Lagotto is a medium-sized breed with a curly, dense coat that helps it withstand cold weather and water. It has large, drooping ears that help it hear underwater.
Other physical traits include a tail that curls over its back and legs and feet that curl to enable it to walk on marshland. The average height of the dog is 22 inches and it weighs about 44 lb.
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