Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Support "Hobby" Breeding

Resist the Greed:

 Backyard Breeders are bad for our breed. 

 Internet dog ads are often portals for back yard and commercial breeders.  The ads look like a idyllic setting, but the reality is, for the most part, quite different.

Look at the below link for a comparison of the two types of breeders.

All Vizlsa pups look great, but they are not all created equally. 

After going through the many steps it takes to create healthy and emotionally stable pups this spring, I now understand the difference.

I would not have had a clue of what the difference between a back yard breeder and a hobby breeder would have been three years ago.

  Do you know the difference? 

 Save our breed.  It is under attack not only by PETA, but also by those individuals who would weaken the Vizsla breed for some quick money. 
 A cute pup doesn't always grow up to be a healthy and happy adult Vizsla.

Earlier redbirddog post on commercial breeders

A quick view of Vizsla Health issues that good breeding addresses:

"In general, Vizslas are an extremely healthy breed and it is common for them to have a life span of over 14 years.
Some Vizslas are prone to skin and/or food allergies. They can be sensitive to anesthesia used during surgeries and it is recommended that owners consult their veterinarian regarding the use of a special anesthesia, such as isofluorine gas, during surgery. Vizslas may be sensitive to other drugs as well, consult your veterinarian for more information.

Vizslas are susceptible to hip dysplasia, although careful breeding has kept this problem to a minimum in the breed. All Vizslas that are going to be bred should be x-rayed and certified clear of hip dysplasia by the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals). X-rays must be taken after the age of 24 months, when a definitive diagnosis can be made. If you are purchasing a puppy, make sure that both parents have been OFA certified.
Less common genetic diseases in Vizslas include hemophilia, von Willebrand's Disease, tail defects, and epilepsy."

excerpt taken from:

January 24, 2012  News clip from a breeder raid.  You will see many Vizsla pups in the clip:

From the above breeders website:

 "We plan a breeding well in advance and at the most, once a year..."

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