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ABOUT ME & MY VIZSLAS

Our house in fall

The Varazs Vizsla residence in Ontario, Canada.

Who is Sylvia & What is "Varazs Permanent Reg'd" Vizslas?
Where are We Located?
Club Membership
Brief History

Foundation Dogs

Breeding History

Who is Sylvia & What is Varazs Perm. Reg'd Vizslas?

My name is Sylvia Dorosh. I am a baby boomer, born in Toronto, Ontario - a 2nd generation Canadian of Ukrainian heritage - and attended grade and high schools in London, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba and then university (undergrad & graduate) in Guelph, Ontario.  My education includes a Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph. For many years I worked as a consultant in the field of organizational effectiveness but am now retired.  I am married and have 2 adult step-children and 1 step-granddaughter. My husbandis a retired Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of Guelph.  In addition to our dogs and dog sports, I enjoy travel, hiking, fine wines, music, art and architecture, birds, gardening, and scuba diving. Presently we split out time living between Ontario and Arizona.

Varazs is my kennel name.  Varazs means "magic" in Hungarian.  The kennel name, Varazs, is now permanently registered  with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) (hence, Perm. Reg'd) of which I have been a member in good standing since 1991. The CKC governs kennel names as part of its authority for purebred dogs in Canada under the Animal Pedigree Act.  To quality for permanent registration, one has to be a CKC member in good standing for 10 years, have been breeding for 10 years, and produced at least five titled dogs.

We have owned and loved many Vizslas since 1978. Currently we share our home with three Vizslas: two females: Miska (born 2003) and her daughter, Diva (born 2008), and one male Tyro (2006) who is a half-brother to Miska.  We have owned many Vizslas over the years. Sadly, the others have now crossed the Rainbow Bridge. In January 2008, we lost our beloved Sasha in his 16th year, who was out of our very first litter born Dec, 31, 1992. 

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We are We Located?

My "kennel" is located on 10 gorgeous, wooded acres close to the Niagara escarpment in south-western Ontario. My husband and I live in an area literally surrounded by hundreds of acres of woods where our dogs can freely run off lead.  We have lots of wildlife except, unfortunately, for upland game.  DeerOur fox, Feb 2004 (67699 bytes) pass through here; we have resident rabbits and a fox family that returns to raise kits almost every year. Unfortunately we also get coyotes.  Small flocks of Rosebreasted Grosbeaks, Northern Orioles and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds return annually to our property to breed and raise their young.  Occasionally, rare Pileated woodpeckers and Red-bellied woodpeckers are seen and heard tapping away on our trees.  Scarlet Tanangers, Indigo Buntings, occasional hawks, flycatchers, and warblers visit here and sometimes call this their summer home too.

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Club Membership:

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For about five or six years, I was the Vizsla Breedlines columnist for Dogs in Canada magazine, writing monthly articles about Vizslas. In the fall of 2009, I became the Editor of the Voice Voice, the official publication of the Vizsla Society of Ontario. I am also a principal contributor to the Canadian Vizsla Events Blog.

I have trained my dogs at Campaign Dog Academy and Companion Dogs in Cambridge, ON (obedience & agility) in Georgetown, Say Yes (agility) in Alberton, Ruffwood Kennels for field and Jumping Chollas in Phoenix for agility. 

My favourite dog-related charity is the Pet Trust Foundation, Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), Guelph, Ontario, Canada which funds veterinary research into dogs' health and well-being and other important animal-related programs. In November 2004, I was honoured by OVC for financial contributions to the purchase of an Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI) machine for animals.  

Brief History

We acquired our first Vizsla, Csarda, in 1978 at the age of 8 months.  I dabbled in conformation, obedience and field with Csarda.  Despite his glorious pedigree, he was not a show specimen and he had phobias about slippery floors and mats that also ruled out obedience competitions. I knew next to nothing about applied dog behaviour or training then and so his fate was simply to become a wonderful, family companion to us, which he was for 14.5 years.  Little did I know how my life would change with Vizsla #2!!

Our second Vizsla, Buster, was a 16-month old, male bought in 1989 from an individual in Toronto, ON who had imported him into Canada from Judy Vernon's Kezdet's kennels in New York State.  Buster became my first Champion, first obedience titled dog and first Top Vizsla in Canada (he was #4 Vizsla in Canada in 1992).  I became hooked on dog sports and activities after that! 

Then with the arrival of my first Vizsla puppy, Nekah, in 1991, my life changed more dramatically. I became considerably more involved in CKC and AKC licensed events and started doing my own show handling.  I was so thrilled and excited when she and I got her first AKC 3-point major. Since 1990, I've also been very active in Vizsla club and dog activities, including conformation and obedience and when time, money and resources allow - field and agility. 

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In 1992, I, along with 11 other individuals, started up Vizsla Canada Inc., a national club devoted to the smooth and wirehaired Vizsla.  I was one of the principal founding members and became the club's first Vice-President.  I went on to become the President and simultaneously carried the roles of Correspondence/Recording Secretary, and newsletter Editor.  I was instrumental in getting Vizsla Canada legally incorporated and also designed and managed the club's website for several years.  At the same time, I wrote monthly articles for Dogs in Canada magazine, as the Vizsla Breedlines columnist.  I organized several club events, including our first national specialty show in 1998 and promoted merchandise and book sales to raise money for the club.  Looking back, I don't know how I found or had the energy to do all that I did for Vizsla Canada in its formative years, but somehow I did and I enjoyed it.  Since 2009, I have been the Editor of the Vizsla Voice, a publication of the Vizsla Society of Ontario Inc.

Foundation Dogs

In 1992, we had our first litter out of my foundation dogs, Buster and Nekah.  Nekah, the dog-love of my life, became a top producing dam.  Thirteen (or an incredible 62%) of Nekah's pups hold a variety of titles (CH, CD, FDJ, TT and CGC), 5 are group (conformation) winners/placers, and 2 more were pointed in Canada but didn't finish their titles.  I don't know if this is a record for Canada, but it certainly is very high for a Vizsla in this country.  Nekah and Buster are also grandparents of several titled dogs which are listed on Titled Dogs' page.  Nekah and Buster have crossed the Rainbow Bridge but will never be forgotten. 

Breeding History

Since 1992, I've bred a total of ten litters (1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011) which produced 63 puppies and been a co-breeder on two other litters with Sherryanne Farr of Blackbullets kennels.  My goal has never been to produce a lot of Vizslas. Rather, I have always strived for quality over quantity and tried to ensure that as many of our puppies as possible went into performance homes where these dogs' exceptional talents and conformation would be showcased.  I strongly believe in maintaining the Vizsla as a versatile, healthy dog. I don't have much control over the 'healthy' aspects of breeding except to do as much testing and screening on my breeding stock as are available to our breed. But I sure can do - and do - lots to maintain this breed as versatile.  To find out more about my breeding philosophy, goals, guarantees and litters, please go to my Breeding page.

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NekahNikaNovaPiperQuestRachelRemmieRexRuby2RufusSaraSashaShandy
StellaTashaTessieTobyTuckerTyroVadaszWilliamWinstonZsofiZuzu