Tips for Choosing a Breeder
Getting a new puppy is an exciting endeavor! A quick Internet search reveals hundreds of dog breeders who claim to be reputable. How do you know you are making the right decision?
Reputable Breeders DO:
- Breed only dogs with sound temperaments
- Health Test before breeding (OFA hips/Elbows, CERF eyes, Thyroid, and sometimes more)
- Breed dogs OVER 2 years of age (minimum age for OFA testing)
- Breed with purpose - to preserve and improve the Vizsla breed
- Take back (or re-homes) any dog for any reason throughout its lifetime
- Screen potential owners thoroughly to ensure a Vizsla is a good fit for the family
- Buyers often must complete a written questionnaire before the breeder ever agrees to sell a puppy
- Have a vast knowledge of the breed and any health issues in their lines
- Belong to National, Regional, and /or local clubs (network of Vizsla breeders)
- Whelp and raise puppies in clean, loving environments with frequent human interaction.
- Compete in one or more venues of AKC sports (show, field, agility, obedience, rally, etc)
- Abide by the Code of Ethics of the National breed club and their local breed club
- Often keep a puppy from the litter (often to own or co-own)
- Encourage "pet" puppies to be spayed/neutered at an appropriate age and may be sold on AKC Limited Registration
- Agree to NEVER sell one of their puppies to a Pet Store, Pet Dealer, or at a Flea Market (despite the fact that Pet Stores claim their puppies come from reputable breeders)
- Agree to NEVER sell a dog to be a gift for someone else
- Send their puppies home at 8 weeks or older with a written health record of vet visits, shot record, worming schedule, and recommended vet care to follow
- Keep in touch with their puppies/new owners for a lifetime
- Adult dogs in their home appear happy, healthy and well-socialized
- Allow you to meet the dam (mother of the puppies) and visit the litter.
Reputable Breeders DO NOT:
- Have puppies available at all times or multiple litters at once
- Have unkempt and/or overcrowded area where dogs and puppies are housed
- Breed many different breeds of puppies
- Accept credit cards and offer to ship puppies to unscreened buyers
- Sell puppies sign unseen via the internet
- Advertise "Champion Bloodline" puppies but never show dogs themselves
*If you buy a puppy from a Pet Store or a bad breeder because you feel sorry for it, then you are supporting that store or breeder who produced it and are unknowingly encouraging them to breed more.