What Qualities do I Breed for?
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WHAT QUALITIES DO I BREED FOR?
Varazs Perm. Reg'd Vizslas breeds for quality, not quantity and have produced only ten litters since 1992. While I want to create the perfect Vizsla, I know this is an ideal rather than a reality. There is no perfect dog. I do, however, strive to:
Improving the breed is something else I strive to do. Admittedly, the improvement is limited to my dogs rather than the breed overall, given my very low breeding rate. To improve my dogs, I carefully select breeding stock with outstanding qualities and test the hips, eyes and thyroids of my breeding stock and insist the same tests be carried out on those dogs I don't own. Health is always a gamble. Unfortunately no genetic tests are available for our breed. All I can do is breed dogs that are healthy at the time of breeding and try to find out as much as possible about their ancestors.
I don't breed Vizslas just to meet public demand or to help offset costs of my other dogs, two reasons I have unfortunately overheard or witnessed other Vizsla breeders state!!
Breeding responsibly is expensive, exhausting and stressful. Many a night I have lain awake, worrying about the fate of puppies that I have brought into this world, wondering if they will live long and healthy lives and be loved and well taken care of. For more on ethics, please visit www.dog-play.com/ethics.html.
Puppies are only sold to loving and caring homes where people will devote sufficient time to exercise these dogs. Preference is first given to buyers who are willing to give their Vizsla a "career" and will agree to earn at least one title, whether it's in conformation, obedience, field, tracking, or agility. This is because this breed is one of the most versatile in the world and also because Vizslas excel and enjoy activities. Training and being actively involved with your dog also enhances the human/animal bond which is so rewarding for the creatures at both ends of the lead. And there is now research that proves dogs that are mentally stimulated throughout their lives stave off senility and old age better than dogs that aren't required to use their brains. I did not allow my dog Sasha to retire and he earned his last title at the age of 14.5 years of age. He remained mentally and physically in good condition into his 16th year. From time to time, Varazs Reg'd Vizslas has a puppy that's not show quality, but for the reasons above, I still encourage owners to train and compete in obedience, agility, field, rally, etc. because their dogs will have so much fun.
In general, I don't usually sell my puppies to homes with children under the age of eight. While the breed is known for being good around children, Vizslas are a very demanding breed and require a lot of time and attention. High energy dogs combined with high energy children make for a wild household. In the competition for parents' time and the demand placed on parents with young children, it's the Vizsla that usually loses out. A Vizsla that doesn't get enough time, attention, training and exercise will be bouncing off the walls and driving its people crazy; and sometimes this will leave to destruction inside the house.
Our dogs reside inside our house as our family members, not in outdoor kennels. They each have their own crates and beds. They are allowed on the furniture in our family room. Sometimes it's a challenge for the humans to get sufficient space on the couch but we've managed to squeeze in five adult Vizslas and two humans. It makes for a very cosy arrangement. Our puppies are also whelped and raised inside the house.
Highlights of Breeder's Commitments and Guarantees:
Highlights of commitments I seek from owners:
I care deeply what happens to my dogs and my commitment to them lasts their lifetime!
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