Looking for a Vizsla Puppy?
Take the TIME to Find a Responsible Breeder!
- When searching for a Vizsla puppy, contact the local breed club and ask to be put in contact with their breeder referral program. If the club doesn’t have a breeder referral program contact the national club’s breeder referral program. The RMVC Breeder Referral program will refer inquiries to all RMVC Breeder/Members who have read the Club’s Breeder Guidelines, are full voting members of the VCA, are in good standing with the RMVC and VCA, and have agreed to adhere to the Vizsla Club of America’s Code of Ethics through each dues renewal. Our Breeder Referral Program is run by:
- Mel Reveles, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ginger Sammonds, 970-310-6302
- Judy Hetkowski
The Chair of the VCA Breed Information Committee is Florence Duggan. Check out the VCA’s website for a bunch of information on this wonderful BUT “not for everyone” breed and how to find responsible breeders, http://www.vcaweb.org.
- Be VERY cautious if you decide to respond to an ad in the newspaper and never, ever buy an pup from a pet store. Puppy-millers often place “for sale” ads in newspapers and are often the source for stocking pet stores with puppies. Go to http://www.puppymillrescue.com/ and http://www.stoppuppymills.org/ to learn more about the horrors of puppy mills. Go to the Lawrence County Humane Society Abuse and Adoption Center and read their comparison chart on “Traits of a Responsible Breeder vs. a Backyard ‘Breeder’”. Also check out “Why Pay More for a Pet Puppy?“
- BE PATIENT. Remember, you’re adding a new family member to your home not buying an appliance. Take care when selecting a breeder. If they’re responsible, they’ll want to stay in contact with you for the life of the pup they place in your home. And you’ll want them to because they will help you with everything from raising your pup the right way, training your V to be a well-mannered dog citizen, and even into your V’s twilight years. Please read this wonderful piece, “Puppy Buyer Etiquette” written by Joanna Kimball of Blacksheep Cardigans.
- AKC registration does not mean the puppy comes from a responsible breeder. From the AKC website, “There is a widely held belief that “AKC” or “AKC papers” guarantee the quality of a dog. This is not the case. AKC is a registry body.” The AKC’s business is to provide a registry for dogs, which generates revenue for them. They don’t proactively regulate breeders or their breeding practices. This means there are tons of puppy-millers and backyard breeders who sell their pups as “AKC registered” or “with AKC papers”. This is simply means the pup can be registered with the AKC because it’s a pure-bred dog. Please go to the AKC’s website to learn more about what “AKC papers” mean.
- Visit our “Questions to Ask a Breeder” and “What is a Responsible Breeder?” pages before contacting any breeders. When you are ready to contact breeders have a pen and paper handy so you can take lots of notes!
|What a Responsible Breeder is: Responsible breeders are not in it for the money–they breed the best to the best in hopes to improve the health, structure, temperament, and natural ability of the Vizsla breed.Responsible breeders are truly guardiansof the Vizsla breed.Responsible breeders take good care of their dogs, providing:
Responsible breeders will take a dog of their breeding back under any circumstances, and regardless of the age/health of the dog.
Responsible breeders belong to (at minimum) their local breed club and/or kennel clubs as well as their national breed club. Our national club is the Vizsla Club of America.
Responsible breeders prove their breeding stock by putting titles on their dogs. Once a title has been awarded by the AKC it will be included in the dogs registered name. Ask to see a recent copy of the breeders AKC registration or pedigree. These titles include:
Responsible breeders prove the health of their dogs by testing for congenital diseases and other health conditions. Ask to see copies of these health certificates (run the other direction if a breeder refuses to show you the actual certificates and insists their dogs are perfectly healthy). These tests include:
Go to, http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/brdreqs.html?breed=VZ or more information about these health tests.
Responsible breeders take the temperament of the dogs they breed into account just as seriously as they take the health of the dogs.
Responsible breeders insist on placing a “limited” registration on their dogs that will not be shown or used for their breeding program. It becoming increasingly common for responsible breeders to insist on co-owning dogs they place as well.
|What a Responsible Breeder is not: