Quality, Versatile Vizslas"
Reg'd Vizslas is a home "kennel" devoted to
raising and loving the smooth-coated Vizsla. We're located on 10 gorgeous, wooded acres in
southern Ontario. My husband and I have owned Vizslas since 1978; I've been very active in
competition since 1991, earning numerous titles on my dogs and
having great fun with my Vizslas. It behooves both breeder and
future Vizsla owners to understand what the Vizsla was originally bred to
do - hunt - and that it still retains a strong instinct to
hunt. Instincts are biologically determined impulses/reflexes
(e.g., lifting a leg to point) or patterned responses (i.e., looking for
feathered game). The Vizsla's instincts and reflexive behaviours
don't just disappear because people choose not to hunt with it. It's
important to understand this when you are considering to buy a hunting dog
- and then choose not to hunt with it.
I try to breed an all 'round,
versatile Vizsla - one that can still hunt and hunt well but is
intelligent and adaptable enough to learn complex behaviours for
competitive obedience, agility and other activities. I breed for
myself and therefore prospective owners need to understand that my dogs
are high energy and require not only considerable physical exercise but
mental stimulation. Although some of my dogs are hunted by their
owners, when not, my dogs need an outlet for their drive and energy.
That outlet is all the competitive dog sports that owners can participate
in to earn titles.
Earning titles is all about having fun and keeping
a Vizsla mentally as well as physically stimulated. It also means more.
What is a Title Really?
"Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher
title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores; a title is a
tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honour the dog, an
ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record and in the memory,
for about as long as anything in this world can remain.
And though the dog himself doesn't know or care that his
achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the
world of humans, where such things count.
A title says your dog was intelligent, adaptable, and good
natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things
that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.
In addition, a title says that you love your dog. That you
loved to spend time with him because he was a good dog and that
you believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he
failed and in the end your faith was justified.
A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special
relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable
creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved, and loved
greatly in return.
And when that dear short life is over, the title remains as a
memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving
friend. Volumes of praise in one small set of initials after the
A title is nothing less that the true love and respect, given
and received and recorded permanently."
Did you know that research now shows
that dogs stay more mentally fit if they continue to train and work for a
living (just like humans)! If we don't offer our Vizslas the
opportunity to do what they were bred to do - hunt - then we must offer
them an alternative that is equally rewarding to the dog: agility,
obedience, rally-obedience, tracking, or conformation.
I am very proud of my Vizslas'
accomplishments. I am also deeply grateful to the many owners who have bought a puppy
from me and brought out the best in their Vizslas. Between 1991 and August
2014, achievements with dogs I've owned, those I've bred and those sired by my dogs
from my kennel include more than 312 titles!
I personally have achieved 144 titles on the 10 Vizslas that I've
owned over the years and put titles on many more that I've bred and co-owned.
In March 2006, Sasha
earned his AKC Rally Excellent title at the 'tender' age of 13 years and 3
months and when he was 14 years and 3 months, he earned his Rally
Advanced-Excellent (RAE) title, the highest rally title that the American
Kennel Club bestows on
a dog. Three months shy of his 15th birthday, he competed in CKC
novice agility trials and successfully earned 2 legs at those trials. The
reason we didn't do CKC rally sooner was because the sport wasn't
available in Canada back then. At all the trials
we entered, he was almost always the oldest dog
competing. And he LOVED it. He thrived on the
attention he got, he loved the treats and rewards for the work he did,
and best of all - he loved being my partner. In many ways, dogs are like humans - "use
it or lose it". Keep them active & mentally stimulated,
learning new tricks and behaviours for their entire lifetime and they will
definitely have a better quality of life, no doubt about it! That's
why I place such great emphasis on giving your Vizsla "a career"
and earning titles. You'll see throughout my website how well my dogs have done
in different "careers". Many of them such as Keira,
Katya, Nova, Sara, Sasha,
Miska, Milo, Shandy,
Vadasz, Diva and Bodi
have earned titles in multiple venues -
field, agility, conformation, obedience, agility, nosework, and/or rally - exemplifying the
truly versatile nature of this wonderful breed. As at May 17, 2015, my Miska
(coming up to 12
years of age) has earned 51 titles alone, most of which were accomplished
after the age of 7 years!
breed for quality not quantity and my commitment lasts the dog's lifetime.