Search for health records of breeders: http://www.offa.org.
Health tests help responsible breeders determine whether they will breed certain dogs. The ABSOLUTE MINIMUM test that should be done is OFA to check for hip dysplasia (a genetic disease). OFAs should NOT be done on dogs until they are 2 years of age. Learn more about the importance of the OFA tests here: http://www.offa.org. You may search the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals database for the sire and dam of the pup you're considering bringing home.
If the sire and dam are not listed in the database you may wish to reconsider bringing home your puppy even if the breeder insists "they've never had a problem." Make sure you take time to click on the results for any relatives listed. Comparable to OFA tests are PennHIP tests, http://www.pennhip.org/.
Here's a quick list of the minimum health test OFA believes should be done:
- Hip dysplasia -- OFA certification
- Von Willebrand's Disease -- health certificate
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), learn about CERF'ing at http://www.animaleyecare.net/diseases/cerf.htm -- health certificate
- OFA thyroid certification (if they do full thyroid panels even better!) -- health certificate
Go to, http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/brdreqs.html?breed=VZ for more information about these health tests.
Brucellosis Testing -A MOST important test before breeding your dog
It is important to know not only can your canine can catch the sexually transmitted disease, Brucellosis and but also the owner of the canine can become infected from this disease. Canine brucellosis is an infectious disease caused by the Brucella canis bacteria (B. canis). Although other Brucella species can
infect dogs, such as Brucella suis (pigs) and Brucella abortus (cattle), B. canis is the most common Brucella species found in dogs. B. canis is a disease that can be transmitted to humans as well as other dogs and is a significant cause of reproductive failure, predominantly in kennels. It is hopeful that by educating owners and breeders we can increase awareness and possibly decrease
the potential spread of the disease.
Unfortunately, no vaccination is available, partly because the immunological response would cause
blood tests to look as though dogs that received the vaccination were instead infected with brucellosis.
Brucellosis is easy to prevent in dogs:
- Before breeding your dog, both the male and female dog should have their blood tested by your veterinarian and tested for the disease.
- Test both dog and bitch at least three weeks before any proposed mating, even if it’s their first time.
- Dogs can catch brucellosis from means other than sexual intercourse.
- The three-week periods allow you time to retest should a positive result come in.
- Some breeders will refuse to breed their dogs without the test.
- Breeding facilities should have all new additions tested for brucellosis before bringing them on to the premises.
- These dogs should also remain isolated until a second negative test is obtained 4-6 weeks later.
- Dogs should not be bred if they test positive for brucellosis.
- Don’t allow your dog to sniff and lick at the urine or vaginal discharges of strange dogs.
- Before bringing a new dog into your home, particularly a stray or a dog from a kennel or shelter situation, test it for brucellosis.
- Screening with a simple blood test ranges from about $15 to $80.
- Several types of blood tests are available, the most popular being a rapid slide agglutination test (RSAT9)
Canine Brucellosis Q & A for Dog Owners
Canine Brucellosis: Protect your dog from this harmful STD.
Avoid possible inbreeding: Virtual Mating
By calculating the coefficients of Kinship, Relationship and Inbreeding for any combination of father and mother in the database a lot of statistical information can be shown about the potential offspring.
This so called "Virtual Mating" can help you make a correct combination by calculating the inbred percentage (coi% or ci%) of potential offspring. You will be able to see how the (potential) parents relate to each other and which ancestors have the greatest influence on the chosen combination.
To start off with you need to select the parents of the virtual litter.
To complete these complex calculations at least the four grandparents need to have been entered into the database. If one of the parents is not shown in the list below it is possible that the pedigree is not "complete" enough to do a proper inbreeding calculation. The more ancestors in the pedigree the better these calculations become. The calculations go back 8 generations so it is important to make the pedigree as complete as possible.
To try it out Click Here
Learn more about inbreeding, genetics and its problems
Pedigree Dogs Exposed: The Blog
Pedigree Dogs Exposed: Three year on
In 2008, Pedigree Dogs Exposed lifted the lid on the true extent of the health and welfare problems faced by pedigree dogs in the UK. The startling exposé of harmful breeding practices generated a massive reaction from the public and from those involved in dog breeding.
Population Genetics in Practice: Principles for the Breeder
Pedigree search lists
Below are a listing of breeders or litter search sites I have discovered. If you would like your vizsla kennel listed here please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- American Kennel Club Breeder of Merit Breeder of Merit participants are dedicated to breeding beautiful purebred dogs whose appearance, temperament, and ability are true to their breed.
- Dual Champion Database: In order for a Vizsla to achieve the coveted AKC title of Dual Champion, they must have completed both of their Conformation (show) and Field Championships. From the AKC's Rules Applying to Dogs Shows, Chapter 16, Section 5, "Any dog that has been awarded the title of Champion of Record may be designated as a 'Dual Champion,' after it has also been awarded the title of Field Champion or Herding Champion. The title of Dual Champion is to recognize those dogs that have shown their superiority in both adhering to the breed standard and their ability to perform the function for which the breed was developed."
- GunDog.com Pedigree Database This database contains Shorthair Vizsla's and Wirehair Vizsla's. Soon we will seperate these breeds! This database contains Vizsla's from around the world.
- Vizsla Club of America Breeder Directory: Listings in this directory are paid classifieds, and the breeders are not endorsed by the Vizsla Cub of America. All advertisers have been a VCA member for at least two years as of December 31 of the previous year. As a member of the VCA, the advertiser agrees to abide by the Code of Ethics . See also VCA's Breeders Referral Contacts by Region.
- Vizsla Club of America Hall of Fame Breeders: Dogs that have achieved national recognition, have left an everlasting impression upon the breed, have excelled in show, field, or have been recognized for uniquely exceptional accomplishments or firsts for the breed.
- Vizsla Pedigree.Com - lists top producers, current litters and pedigrees of vizslas as submitted by owners.
- Orthopedic Foundation of Animals (OFA) database (linked to official AKC health records)
- Vizsla Breeder and Stud Dog Directory There is no fee to join the Vizsla Stud Dog Registry @ JCW. By submitting your information and picture(s) to Jayney's Creative Works (JCW), you have agreed to make your information and picture(s) public domain.
- Well Bred Pets.com-World wide
- FCI Breeder Directory Search
- South Africa
- Criadero Vizslas Can D Ijuma Argentina (our Natasha Rose's kennel)
- Rey D' Celis Kennel Argentina (Our Natasha Rose is descended from this kennel)
- Bokezu Hungarian Vizslas (Tasmania)
- Valle dos Lobos
- Vizsla Puppies for Sale
- Vizsla.com Breeders listed by State within the USA
- Vizsla Club of America, Inc. Member list
- GunDog Vizsla Breeders, Trainers and Kennels
- Fusion Vizsla Denver, Co
- Vizsla Dog Breeders and Kennels