Our previous two dogs were both Italian Spinone. Gina and then Gucci.
They were great dogs to have and we got lots of information about Italian Spinone from a book written by Carolyn Fry called The Italian Spinone, World of Dogs.
The Italian Spinone is an Italian dog breed. It was originally bred as a versatile gun dog. To this day, the breed is still a capable dog for that purpose. The Spinone is a loyal, friendly and alert dog with a close lying, wiry coat. It is an ancient breed that can be traced back to approximately 500 BC.
Both of ours were great dogs, good fun and very loyal. However, we decided that when we lost Gucci, we would have a different dog. We had very briefly seen Lagotto Romagnolo on the TV at Crufts and decided to investigate.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a breed of dog that comes from the Romagna sub-region of Italy. The name derives from Romagnol can lagòt, meaning “water dog”. Its traditional function is a gundog, specifically a water retriever; however, it is often used to hunt for truffles.
We contacted the breed secretary and were quite amazed to be referred to Carolyn Fry who now had a Lagotto and would be soon breeding her first litter!
We decided to buy one of Carolyn’s puppies which was born in April 2018, so Luca is a male dog now approaching two years old.
Luca at times has a very serious and studious look!
Luca was great fun in his early months!
And started to grow up!
Luca has spent lots of his early times on Maxem – he is very adapted and well behaved on the boat!
We attended a Raduno with Luca in 2019. Luca is on the right of the picture – on the left is his sister Tica.
If I go out without Luca, he is always at the door awaiting my return!
Luca has a crate on Maxem and has spent many nights on the boat – great behavior!
And many times, has a very imperious look!