Here is a link to the vizsla database – where you can look up your vizsla’s pedigree
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Please Note: All litters published on the Hungarian Vizsla Club website have been bred by members of the Club who have declared to the Club that the litter has been bred within Rule 9 of the Club’s rules and the Kennel Club Code of Ethics attached to the Club Rules.
The Hungarian Vizsla Club recommend that any prospective purchaser of a puppy reads the Club Rules and the KC Code of Ethics and ensure that they have been followed. If you have not met a Vizsla and wonder whether they would be a suitable dog for you and your family before you commit yourself to visit any litter of puppies, please contact any committee member who will be able to arrange for you to visit an experienced Vizsla owner in your area to give you the opportunity to get acquainted with a Vizsla first hand and who will be able to answer any questions you may have about the Breed.
Please also check out our list of approved breeders – some may be planning litters in the near future.
The Hungarian Vizsla Club does not endorse or recommend any particular breeder.
For member wishing to advertise their forthcoming or current litters here a Puppy Advert Request Form can be downloaded either as a word document for completing electronically, or in pdf format for printing.
This service is free for members, although a donation to Welfare is always appreciated.
Completed application forms should be sent by email to the Club Secretary or posted to
Mrs Margo Robertson,
25 Rickards Close,
Surbiton KT6 6RN.
Tel: 020 8399 8837.
|area: West Sussex
|breeder:Miss Joanne Sampson
tel: +44 7896 623954
|dam: Russetvalley Renn's Miracle
eyes: Gonioscopy Clear
|sire: Ulurudawn Cardinal Marker
|puppies available 3
| 6 August 2017
|details: 1 dog 2 bitches
dewclaws removed: Yes
pedigree endorsed: Yes
|area: Kidderminster Worcestershire
mobile: 07973 493202
|dam: Alsziv Indiana
|sire: Russetmantle Garcia at Alsziv
|date of birth 10/04/2016
|breeder: Miss Vicky Martin
|dam: DT CH VDH,NL CH Recuerdo Roomour JW NJK FSG'14 ESG'15
Glaucoma Tested Clear
|sire: ShCh Hun Ch Quaulity of Skyrocket
|puppies available: Dogs 3
|date of birth: 04.06.16
dewclaws removed: yes
pedigree endorsed: yes
Mrs Sharon Bergin
tel: 01754 811323
|dam:Hubertus Hungaricum Allegra of Roughshoot
|sire: Roughshoot Ishmael
|date of birth:01/03/2017
dewclaws removed: yes
pedigree endorsed: yes
|breeder: Rubina Da Silva & Laura Sexton
tel: 07966441994 or 07843619807
|dam: Ertekes Lucky in Love
|hipscore:3/4 = 7
|sire: Summerpoint Carl
|hipscore: 7/7 =14
Long hair gene free
date of birth: 12/12/2017
|breeder:Mrs Emma Jenkins
tel: +44 1568 613164
|dam:Alsziv Rizzini at Yackerboon
|sire: Ch Hookside Gabor
|date of birth: Expected 3 April 2018
HUNGARIAN VIZSLA CLUB APPROVED BREEDER REGISTER
This scheme, which is run and administered by the Hungarian Vizsla Club, aims to identify those breeders who have demonstrated their commitment to the breeding of Hungarian Vizsla by agreeing to comply with criteria for breeding which aim to ensure the highest possible standards of health and welfare for the dogs and puppies concerned. For the purposes of this scheme Stud dog owners can be regarded as a breeder. Requirements to stay on the scheme will be reviewed annually to take account of any future health issues or health tests that are deemed necessary.
Hold membership of the Hungarian Vizsla Club
Comply with Club rules regarding the age, number of litters and health testing of all breeding stock
Permanently identify all breeding stock with microchip and aim to have DNA profiling regarding parenting within 1 year of joining
Register stock with the Kennel Club and provide the KC registration document at time of handover of puppy
Socialise puppies before leaving dam and provide puppy pack detailing feeding, continuing training and exercising
Ensure puppy is properly wormed and advise as to future worming and immunisation
Provide contract of sale, endorse puppies’ registration documents with Kennel Club endorsements R and X regarding future breeding both in this country and abroad and explain this procedure to new owner
Be available for help and advice to new puppy owner and return/rehoming of puppy should this prove necessary
Comply with any and all statutory legislation in respect of the owning, keeping and breeding of dogs.
Any approved breeder must not advertise that they have the status if at any time, for whatever reason, they are removed from the list.
Please note – the list is in ALPHABETICAL ORDER.
Completed application forms should be returned to the Club Secretary:
Mrs Margo Robertson
25 Rickards Close,
Mrs G Barwick
Tel: 01933 396201 email:email@example.com
Ms J Bailiff & Mr J Connolly
Tel: 07879 814556email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs S Bergin
Tel: 01754 811323 email:email@example.com
Mrs P Connolly
Tel: 01234 772155email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs L Cruickshank
Tel: 01494 871559 email:email@example.com
Mr & Mrs M Fisher
Tel: 01403 711958 or 07973 152837
Mr & Mrs P Joyce
Tel: 01353 624443
Ms C Kelly
Co Donegal, Eire
Tel: 0035374 9134218 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr & Mrs O Knight
Tel: 01343 843770email:
Mr & Mrs A McDonald
Mrs S Millson
Tel:01892 834178 email:email@example.com
Mrs T Payne
Tel:01342 842890email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs M Proctor
Tel: 01651 872053 email:email@example.com
Ms J Sampson
Tel:01444 480305email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs B Smith
Tel: 01303 275364email:email@example.com
Mr & Mrs D Whitfield
Tel: 01455 846108email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr L Wightman
Tel: 07852 672687 email:email@example.com
Mr & Mrs Woodcock
Tel: 01707 646068email:firstname.lastname@example.org
You can rely upon your relationship with this special breed to give you enormous stimulation and satisfaction. Indeed, at times, you will be challenged and frustrated equally yet, overall, you will be rewarded in immeasurable degree. If you have ‘got it right’ both your lives will be enriched and enlivened as you learn to understand and respect each other. Fortunately, few owners get it wrong but, sadly, some do! So, it is up to you to make sure you are not one of them. At the first sign of any difficulty, contact your breeder for advice. And then, having received it, follow it
Dog Training Classes can be found all over the country and will train you in the management of your Vizsla. Attendance at dog training, after innoculation, will also ‘socialise’ your puppy and ensure it learns to enjoy the company of other dogs and people, under your control.
If you intend showing your puppy, you will also wish to attend Ringcraft classes, where you will learn the rudiments of handling your Vizsla in the show ring. For both Ringcraft and Dog Training, do remember, that practice may not promise perfection but it will go along towards it.
Caring for your Vizsla
Your Vizsla is no different from any small creature, be it animal or human – it needs food, warmth and love; the latter includes discipline. Never confuse discipline with chastisement: discipline is about learning and training, whereas chastisment is about punishment. If you get the training right, your Vizsla will learn to fit in with your life and you will never need to chastise it. Simple commands will suffice, preferably of one word and syllable – eg SIT, DROP, DOWN, NO! LEAVE, STAY etc., followed by ‘Good dog!’ or ‘Well done!’ and a titbit as a reward. As with children, canine discipline requires a calm attitude and consistency of approach. The main focus should always be positive and reward the good behaviour.
Coat – a very attractive aspect, not only for its beautiful ‘Russet Gold’ colouring but also because, being short-coated, it is relatively easy to keep clean compared with some other breeds. When your Vizsla’s wet, a quick towel down will leave him almost dry whereas, if he’s muddy, somewhere warm and comfortable to lay – perhaps on newspaper – will see most of the mud drop off when it’s dry. To keep his coat gleaming, a brush down daily with a ‘velvet’ grooming glove will work wonders. In the spring he will start to shed his winter coat – often a lighter colour – to reveal the lovely rich colour coat he wears in the summer, when a daily brush with a horse (or human) brush will help the metamorphosis.
Claws – need clipping on a regular basis. It is easier to learn to do it yourself as vets do not always take off enough. The old adage about claws being worn down by walking on pavements etc doesn’t always work. The Vizsla should have thick fleshy pads: this means his claws can grow too long if they have to touch the ground in order to be worn down. So, continue the nail clipping that your pup’s breeder should have started, on a weekly basis, so that he becomes used to the routine and will sit quietly as you do it. If he struggles, you may cut too short and make the claw bleed. This is painful and will lead to the pup refusing to let you clip his claws again. Be firm and kind and reward good behaviour.
Lead training – The final part of the early learning process is lead training. This should be done in the garden while his vaccinations are taking effect. Make sure you never drag your Vizsla by the lead. Remember that all training must be a positive and happy experience so, if he digs his heels in and refuses to move, don’t forget the food! A piece of cheese will work wonders! EARS – they should be sweet-smelling and clean in appearance. Usually they are. A wipe with tissues is usually enough to keep them clean and a cotton bud may be used very gently on the inside of the outer ear flaps. However, NEVER insert a cotton bud down into the ear for fear of perforation of the drum. Your dog will jerk his head quite vigorously if you attempt to do this, perhaps with catastrophic consequences so, NEVER EVER DO IT! At any sign of a discharge or unpleasant odour, make an appointment to see your vet.
Teeth – chewing on raw marrow bones will keep them sparkling. There are also many biscuits brands on the market, designed with canine dentition in mind. Do remember, however, these have a calorific value and an abundance of any ‘food’ will inevitably lead to an increase in weight over time. Many propriety brands of tooth-paste are available and most dogs will permit their owners to brush their teeth clean, particularly if you make it a pleasant experience.9) Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.
BUYING YOUR VIZSLA
There are many points to ponder when making this decision. After you have researched the various breeds, considered your lifestyle and finally decided you DO want a Vizsla, the next question is:
From whom do you buy your puppy?
The Hungarian Vizsla Club has a page which list puppies available from Club Members to interested people. You select one or some, make contact and are then considered by the breeder(s) for suitability to have one of their puppies. If you are, you go on their list.
Do be careful not to buy from a breeder just because you like the look of his/her web-site! Having the ability to construct an attractive web-site is not positively correlated to being a good and reputable breeder. Some breeders use their dogs as a business!
First, ask the breeder if s/he complies with the Club Code of Practice. The Club regularly publishes in its Newsletter a list of all the litters that have been registered with the Kennel Club. The list includes details of the hip scores (or their absence!) plus the ages of the dam (mother dog) and sire (father dog). Hip scores are important because they show the breeder is working to prevent hip dysplasia. It is not a big problem in the breed and the Club wants to ensure it stays that way. Therefore, reputable breeders have their breeding dogs X-rayed to prevent problems with hips in the puppies’ future. Hip-scoring is NOT a guarantee because that is not possible with nature. However, breeders who have hip-scores for their Vizslas have done their level best to guard against the possibility.
The age of the parent dogs is very important. Sadly, some breeders use very young bitches, far too young to be mothers and the Club works hard to educate as many people as possible to avoid such practices. Members do this because they care for their Vizslas and want to promote the best practice possible.
NEVER BUY FROM A NEWSPAPER ADVERTISEMENT OR PET SHOP – good breeders have a waiting list for their puppies.
Check the following:
Is the litter registered?
2. Does the breeder have an affix (a kennel name that identifies the breeder)?
3. Is the colour of the Vizsla properly recorded? The Breed Standard colour is ‘Russet Gold’. If the breeder calls it any other name then, clearly. the breeder is not familiar with the Breed Standard and this should sound a warning note to you.
Will you get a Puppy Pack that details feeding, care, vaccination, worming and also promises to maintain contact with you indefinitely?
Does the purchase contract insist that the puppy is returned to them in the event of something going wrong? Beware of a breeder who does not insist that the puppy is returned to the kennel if you cannot keep it!
Is the price reasonable? Some breeders are charging exorbitant prices for their puppies. Do remember a high price does not guarantee you have purchased the next Crufts champion! Unfortunately, the Club cannot regulate prices but the Club will only recommend breeders whose first concern is the well-being of the breed.
The Club has compiled a list of questions you should ask the breeder of your puppy – if you are not satisfied with any of the answers to your questions then you should seek further advice or go elsewhere.
Download the HVC Puppy Pack with lots of good advice from experienced Vizsla owners.
Brief history of the Vizsla
A full and impressive history of the breed can be found in Gay Gottlieb’s definitive work, ‘The Hungarian Vizsla’ (ISBN 0-947647-09-0) from where the following information was obtained.
Some research suggests the origins of this breed lie in the ninth century, some suggests the eleventh, whilst other points to a later time. In her seminal book on the Hungarian Vizsla, Gay Gottlieb includes a museum picture of a Gothic panel from the fifteenth century: it shows a dog that is believed to be a Vizsla.
The one thing we can rely upon, about which there can be little doubt, is that the Vizsla has a very long history. She explains how the breed has changed its appearance somewhat over the centuries, to the lovely animal we now delight in. In its early days, the breed was bred with the The Yellow Turkish dogs and latterly many other breeds are thought to have been in its bloodlines. Gay Gottlieb refers to Setters, Bloodhounds, the German Vortsthund, the Balkan Beagle, the ancient Foxhound, the Pammion Hound and the Romanian Copie, as well as the Greyhound and the Sloughi. Little wonder, then, that it carries such a variety of instincts and characteristics, all making it such a versatile breed and adaptable companion for many different types of owner.
During the early part of the twentieth century, the Hungarian Empire experienced many difficulties from hostile countries intent on stealing its land and taking over its rule. During this time, the Vizsla also experienced difficulties and lovers of the breed determined to save it from the possibility of extinction. They formed a club in 1924 that resulted in individual dogs being registered for the first time in its history. However, things got even worse for the Vizsla after the disintegration of the Hungarian Empire, particularly during the second World War and the Russian Occupation. Fortunately, some emigrés to Europe and further afield smuggled their Vizslas with them and the breed thus became established outside Hungary.
Today, the Vizsla can be found all over the world with good specimens of the breed regularly exported and imported between breeders.
THE BREED IN BRITAIN
It is believed two Vizslas were imported into the UK before the second World War in 1939. However, the first registration of imported Vizslas was recorded by the Kennel Club in 1953. Thereafter, between 1953 and 1955, there were three matings from this pair – resulting in 13 puppies – with some being exported to America.
Over the years, there were other imports and by the mid 1960s some 300 Vizslas were known to be in the UK. Despite the growth in its numbers, Vizslas were still classified as a rare breed and it was not until 1971 that the Hungarian Vizsla breed was awarded challenge certificate status for the first time.
Since then, a glance at the Show Results will demonstrate how the breed has gone from strength to strength in the ring. It has also gained recognition in the Field and many other areas of activity.
Versatility of the breed
Vizslas display their versatility in a variety of different disciplines:
- Field Trials – working to the gun with birds
- Working Trials – tracking, using scent but no guns
- Show Ring – achieving Show Championship Certificates
- Agility – using challenging exercises and speed
- Obedience – usually via a dog training school
- Flyball – relay racing in a team
- Freestyle – Heelwork to music
- PAT (Pets as Therapy) Dogs – visiting hospitals, schools & suchlike
Regardless of the category in which they are used, all Vizslas should first and foremost be dearly loved family pets, as well as being respected participants in their chosen activity.
CLUBS & SOCIETIES
There are two clubs/societies dedicated to the Hungarian Vizsla: The Hungarian Vizsla Club and The Hungarian Vizsla Society. Both have as their purpose the welfare of the breed and promote good practice for owners.
The Hungarian Vizsla is one of the HPR (Hunt, Point, Retrieve) breeds and can be described as a medium sized and ‘many-sided’ hunting dog or, put simply, as an all-purpose gundog. Although the breed has a reputation for being both easy to train and affectionate, you should NOT get the idea that owning one will be a picnic! Their merits as working dogs are well known so the focus here is to comment on their role as a family pet, since a considerable percentage of all litters is destined to fill that post. Your Vizsla will need careful management and clear and concise direction if it is to become a valued family member. The following points should be taken into consideration and most have been provided by Jackie Perkins – a breeder of over 20 years standing:
The temperament of your Vizsla is paramount and, in the opinion of Jackie Perkins (GARDENWAY) this is still the most important quality for your consideration. After all, a dog may be the most beautiful one of its kind but, what good is he or she if you cannot live together harmoniously? Your Vizsla should be confident and friendly towards both humans and other dogs. How you manage your Vizsla will impact enormously on its temperament. Few people or animals respond well to harsh handling and there is little doubt that most ‘problem dogs’ are the result of poor handling, often from the owner’s ignorance.
The Vizsla thrives on human companionship and it MUST be a valued member of your family, as so many owners will testify. However, in order to fulfil that special role, your Vizsla has to know his/her place. Of course, this is the case with all dogs but, many years of experience with the breed has shown that the Vizsla excels in cleverness and downright cheek! If you go out to work for long periods, a Vizsla is NOT the dog for you (and, really, no dog should be!). Left alone, in such circumstances, its intelligence will quickly come into play. If your Vizsla becomes bored, it may seek to relieve its boredom by re-designing the legs of your furniture or cupboard doors – at least those s/he cannot open and empty! Or, maybe, your favourite knick-knacks that its ever-searching gundog nose can sniff out might be preferred! And, toilet training will probably take for ever – if, indeed, it is ever learned at all! Such behaviour is hardly likely to endear him/her to you . . . However, if you are at home with your Vizsla during those early, formative weeks and months, you will not only have untold fun, as you realise his potential and capacity for learning, but you will also develop the essential rapport that will form an unbreakable bond between the pair of you.
Take a look at the results of the Shows, Field and Working trials, Agility, Obedience and all the other, wide-ranging activities in which the Vizsla is involved. You immediately realise you have a multi-faceted animal in your life. Not only hard-working, but also intelligent, intuitive, inquisitive, instinctive and ‘in-your-face’. That’s your Vizsla and you ignore him/her at your peril!
Published with the kind permission of the Kennel Club: http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk
Medium-sized, of distinguished appearance, robust and medium boned.
Lively, intelligent, obedient, sensitive, very affectionate and easily trained. Bred for hunting fur and feather, pointing and retrieving from land and water.
Lively, gentle-mannered and demonstratively affectionate, fearless and with well developed protective instinct.
Head and Skull
Head lean and noble. Skull moderately wide between ears with median line down forehead and a moderate stop. Skull a little longer than muzzle. Muzzle, although tapering, well squared at the end. Nostrils well developed, broad and wide. Jaws strong and powerful. Lips covering jaws completely and neither loose nor pendulous. Nose brown.
Neither deep nor prominent, of medium size, a shade darker in colour than coat. Slightly oval in shape, eyelids fitting tightly. Yellow or black eye undesirable.
Moderately low set, proportionately long with a thin skin and hanging down close to cheeks. Rounded ‘V’ shape; not fleshy.
Sound and strong white teeth. Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Full dentition desirable.
Strong, smooth and muscular; moderately long, arched and devoid of dewlap.
Shoulders well laid and muscular, elbows close to body and straight, forearm long, pasterns upright.
Back level, short, well muscled, withers high. Chest moderately broad and deep with prominent breast bone. Distance from withers to lowest part of chest equal to distance from chest to ground. Ribs well sprung and belly with a slight tuck-up beneath loin. Croup well muscled.
Straight when viewed from rear, thighs well developed with moderate angulation, hocks well let down.
Feet Rounded with toes short, arched and tight. Cat-like foot is required, hare foot undesirable. Nails short, strong and a shade darker in colour than coat.
Tail Previously customarily docked.
Docked: Customarily docked by one third of length. Moderately thick, rather low set. When moving carried horizontally.
Undocked: Rather low set. Moderately thick, slightly curved. Tapering towards the end, reaching to hocks. When moving carried horizontally.
Graceful, elegant with a lively trot and ground-covering gallop.
Short, straight, dense, smooth and shiny, feeling greasy to the touch.
Russet gold, small white marks on chest and feet, though acceptable, undesirable.
Height at withers: dogs: 57-64 cms (22 1/2 – 25 ins); bitches: 53-60 cms (21 – 23 1/2 ins). Weight: 20-30 kgs (44-66 lbs).
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.