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Finding A Breeder

The Vizsla Club of America is providing the Breeder Referral List as a public service. The individuals listed have volunteered to provide information about the breed and the names of breeders who have represented that they adhere to VCA's Code of Ethics. The reference to any specific breeder does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the VCA. Any views expressed by the volunteers named on the Breeder Referral List are their own, and do not necessarily reflects the views of the VCA. Moreover, the fact those individuals are included on the Breeder Referral List here does not imply an endorsement by the VCA of them, their own breeding programs (if any), or any entity they represent. If you have questions about this disclaimer, please send an email to askthevcaboard@gmail.com.

Below is a list of members who have agreed to talk with people who are new to the breed. If you have any questions, whether to find out if the breed is right for you or just to find some training tips for your energetic Vizsla, please feel free to contact an experienced owner from the list.

Breeder Referral List

Responsible Vizsla breeders will do the following:

  1. Adhere to the Vizsla Club of America (VCA) Code of Ethics.
  2. 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).
  3. 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. PennHip results are included on the OFA web site for each dog that has been tested.
  4. Strive to breed according to the AKC Breed Standard for the Vizsla, drafted and approved by the Vizsla Club of America.
  5. 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
  6. Can explain why a particular breeding seeks to improve upon the dam and sire's characteristics.
  7. Introduce you to their Vizsla family and show you where a litter is being whelped and raised.
  8. Provide a written agreement for your review prior to sale.
  9. Provide AKC registration papers, a signed written agreement and a veterinary health certificate upon sale.
  10. Provide support to puppy buyers for the life of the dog.

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