Choosing A Responsible Breeder
Signs of a Responsible Vizsla Breeder
Responsible Vizsla breeders will do the following:
- Adhere to the Vizsla Club of America (VCA) Code of Ethics.
- Test and ensure Vizsla breeding stock is cleared of hip dysplasia after two years of age prior to mating and receives an OFA Certificate (with numbers) from the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals (OFA).
- Follow the breed-specific recommendations for health testing by the Canine Health Center (CHIC) for Vizslas. CHIC certificates (with numbers) are issued to Vizslas tested for hip dyplasia (OFA), thyroid and eyes (CERF). Optional testing includes sebaceous adenitis, von Willebrand's Disease, congenital cardiac disease and elbow dysplasia. These health records may also be found on the OFA website. Many breeders will also use the PennHIP evaluation to test for hip dysplasia.
- Strive to breed according to the AKC Breed Standard for the Vizsla, drafted and approved by the Vizsla Club of America.
- Know the pedigrees of their own dogs well and will share pedigree information (eg. health and temperament going back 5 generations) with prospective buyers. Search for a pedigree
- Can explain why a particular breeding seeks to improve upon the dam and sire's characteristics.
- Introduce you to their Vizsla family and show you where a litter is being whelped and raised.
- Provide a written agreement for your review prior to sale.
- Provide AKC registration papers, a signed written agreement and a veterinary health certificate upon sale.
- Provide support to puppy buyers for the life of the dog.
VCA Breed Information Chair: Florence Duggan
Building a responsible breeding program