Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The Hungarian Vizsla is a great "family dog" according to some recent articles. Good with kids and smart. The ability to learn many things well.
The Hungarian Pointer (same name with different effect) is loosing the battle as a strong ancient hunting dog in my part of the world.
Here in California, there are hundreds of Vizslas that live out their lives without ever seeing a upland bird or tapping into the talents nature and excellent selective breeding had created over 1,000 years ago.
Those of us that use our dogs as hunters are in the smallest minority.
A small band of misfits (Hungarian Pointer Owners) mingle amongst the more dedicated German Shorthair, German Wirehair, English Pointer, and Britney owners. The ratio of hunting owners to "pet" owners in those breeds, in relationship to the Hungarian Pointer, seems to be overwhelming in favor of hunters. Breeders focus on the hunting talent in the lines and not on what would be considered more trivial attributes.
The Vizsla is an amazing hunter. My wish is for those who come across this post and have ever even considered getting out into the field with your dog, that you make the effort.
Join your local Vizsla club. Take a Hunter safety course. Attend some field trials. Find a trainer.
The breed needs you. Don't we have enough lap dogs in the world? HSUS is focusing on California.
Freedom to hunt could be gone along with freedom to carry guns. Being in a minority is tough but I'm alright with that.
Freedom to _________ is much more important
than Freedom from _______.
"We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States ... We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state."
Wayne Pacelle, Senior VP Humane Society of the US (HSUS)