Our Philosophy on Breeding Hungarian Vizslas

We have owned Hungarian Vizslas since 1986 and in that time have bred only 9 litters.

We take a very serious approach to breeding puppies and spend a lot of time , thought and energy on each litter.

All puppies from our previous litters were "spoken for" a long time before they were even born so if you would like the opportunity of owning one of our babies get in touch for information on how to get on the waiting list...

When we living in the UK people could easily get to know us and our breeding philosophy by meeting us at shows, socially for walks, at our fundraising Vizgility Days or on the big Christmas Walks we organised as the South West Walkers. We preferred for people to meet us and our Vizslas even before the mating for pups had been done. We believed, especially for people who have not owned a Vizsla before, that it was important to see a fully grown Vizsla displaying the vivacity and liveliness of the breed rather than only meeting a contented nursing mum with all her babies.


Rachel and Harry Joyner visit Nattie when her first litter was 3 days old.

Taffy (a Nattie daughter) and her best mate Bowie

Again, a good temperament is THE most important thing...




However in Australia things are different due to the distances involved and although we would positively welcome visits from prospective puppy owners we know that realistically it is difficult for people ,hence this page giving just a flavour of us and ours!

We start thinking about each litter a long time before it arrives.

We have many aims in mind when we plan our rare litters. Topmost of these are health and temperament. This of course starts with the temperament of our girls! We are very proud of how our two girls from the UK coped with their journey from the UK and through quarantine, and their excellent character and steadfastness was remarked upon by the staff there.

There is no point having the best show dog in the world if their temperament means they are hard to live with or untrustworthy around children, cats or other beings. If you buy a puppy from us you can meet not only the mother but also all our other family members and see how they all interact together.

When starting the search for a stud dog we know as well as certain lines we "want" there are also lines we want to avoid. This can make selecting a stud dog a complicated business but we have to be 100% happy before we will go ahead. As well as breeding for temperament and health we want to produce the truly versatile Vizsla. Pups from our previous litters are doing diverse things such as working as PAT dogs (Radar), working with a Harris Hawk (Lexi) as well as the more accepted show/companion dog (every other puppy!) and working gamekeepers (Zeiga) and professional deer hunters gundog (FRED).

We think that breeding a pup with a strong work ethic also helps "pet" owners as having a dog who wants to work for you makes even basic training easier.

We understand that we cannot "guarantee" any puppy to have perfect health ( it would be a very foolish breeder who did that ) as genetics are endlessly complicated and it is unknown how many conditions are passed on,but, we know ,that we do our utmost to minimize the risk by making informed breeding choices. When we have our first "pre-list" chat, I will talk about the health problems in the breed.

We will only use a stud dog who has been hip scored and we of course hip score our girls.

UK Kennel Club records show there are breeders who hip score their bitches, and after being given an unfortunately high score will still breed from their bitches anyway. What is the point of that? There are also breeders who will score their stud dogs but not bitches - puppies get their characteristics 50% form each parent so another pointless exercise.


Above: Edie, happily feeding her pups in the company of a visitor she had only met minutes before.

We start taking people onto our puppy list long before the litter is due.

We do not ask for a deposit once a prospective puppy owner has been accepted onto the list, the only thing we do ask is if they find a puppy before ours appear that they let us know.

We generally ask people a LOT of questions from "why a vizsla?" and " where will the puppy sleep" to "who will be the puppy's main care giver". It may seem we don't want to sell someone a puppy but none of us wants a hasty decision made which may result in a puppy being returned to us because it is unsuited to a new family's lifestyle .

Rearing our litters.

All our litters start off life in the house where we keep them for at least the first 5 weeks. We want to produce well adjusted family members so take great pains to introduce the pups repeatedly to the sights and sounds that make up normal family life. This means that the pup are repeatedly "Dysonned" around, they have the washing machine and tumble dryer going, the sound effects CD not to mention my very loud music! This all starts from when the pups are very small and is repeated very frequently.

Some friends told us a story about how , when they went to see the litter their first Vizsla came from, they were ushered into the whelping room and asked to sit quietly and not to disturb the pups. Contrast this with when they came to see us to get their second Vizsla, I took them into the whelping room where the pups were asleep in the whelping box and woke the pups up by clapping my hands and banging on the side of the box!

All the pups woke with a jump but were not distressed, they all knew that loud noises meant good things, food, people etc. and so were raring to get out of the box to find out what was going on.

Guess which of their two Vizsla bitches is the better adjusted, confident one? Yep, the one they got from us - Mollie (aka Miss Red) from Nattie's first litter. I think this socialisation is all the more important raising puppies who may need to fly to their new homes at 8 weeks of age as is the case here in Australia.


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The environment in which we raise our puppies in is very important. As all our dogs are "house" dogs we do not have purpose built kennel complexes, our pups are part of the household, as they will carry on being for the rest of their lives. They have some time every day inside, and some time outside.

We change their surroundings every day, both inside and outside, giving them plastic bottles to play with, tarpaulins to shake, rope to pull, things hanging at head height and above, raw bones and vegetables to chew so they are constantly expolring to find out what is new. We spend a lot of time watching how the pups cope with the changes, in fact we spend a lot of time looking at the pups generally and getting to know the individual personalities so we can better place them with the people best suited to them individually and vice versa.

We do not make the final selection of pups for people until the pups are 8 weeks old and we are ready to release them to their new homes. From a show conformation point of view pups are assessed at exactly 8 weeks (tho we do have a cheeky look at 6 weeks too!)

If you use Facebook then lots of video of our pups is posted there so you can see their development. The pups wear colour coded collars so you can watch the progress of the puppy that ends up as yours.

We ensure that we have plenty of visitors who gently handle the pups making sure that each experience with new people is a positive one. It is also important to introduce the pups to all ages of people and to make sure the pups see people wearing hats, using umbrellas and wearing noisy or floaty clothing. Funnily enough there is no shortage of people wanting to visit us when we have puppies!

Feeding

The feeding of our dogs is something I feel very passionate about. We feed the RAW/BARF diet. See this page for further details.

Put simply feeding RAW means that we feed our dogs a diet as close as possible to that that they have evolved for millions of years to eat. That means no grains or cereals, no dairy, no additives or colourants or preservatives.

It does mean that we feed RAW meat with bones, RAW fruit and vegetables. The fruit and veg are pulverized to make them easily digestible for the dogs. They mimic the fruit and veg that a dog would eat as part of an animal carcass i.e. the contents of the prey animals stomach! We have always found that our dogs have enjoyed vegetables even as a treat, cucumber, broccoli and cauliflower being particular favourites.

Puppies demolishing chicken frames.

We start weaning our pups onto raw foods whenever they start showing an interest in the mother's food. We start them off on raw (ALWAYS raw) minced chicken or beef. From the age of 3 weeks or so we give them chicken wings to chew on - letting the mother clean up the bits too big for pups to eat. One of the big advantages to feeding the pups raw is that the mother dog continues to "clean up" after her pups up until the age of 6 weeks or so. If pups are weaned onto a dry or cooked dog food that is when the mother stops tidying up!

Most of the puppies we have bred have continued to be fed this way, even when the new owners have had to make the food themselves! We very firmly believe that his is the BEST way to feed our dogs.

More info on feeding this diet in Australia here.



Puppies will go to their new home with comprehensive information on this way of feeding as well as information on crate training and socialization and a five generation pedigree, Tasmanian Canine Association registration (either Full or Limited Register depending on circumstance) . Our pups are vaccinated at 6 weeks, wormed at 2, 4 and 8 weeks and are vet checked and micro-chipped.

We consider ourselves to be part of the pups lives for as long as they live.

If one of our pups needs to be re-homed for any reason we ask that the pup be returned to us for re-homing.

We never want one of our pups in a dog pound PLEASE.

We actively encourage new owners to not only stay in touch with us but also to be in contact with each other. For this we have found Facebook to be very helpful.

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