I can confirm we are expecting puppies. Several seen inside and big healthy looking foetus. Due on the date of first mating by looks of scan.
I have looked at the enquiries and next stage really is what sexes we will have once born as some of you just want a dog, and some just want a bitch.
I am going to book Joshua's dog in next for a scan. We can confirm she is pregnant already as she has a tiny tummy. But it will give me an idea of numbers. I have a few people who have said they want one specifically from Izzy. So you are added to Izzy's list details.
I do think any new enquires will now go to Ripley's litter. Unless we get more of one sex than another with the above litters. When someone doesn't mind what sex they have they are easier to place a puppy with. If you have specified just one sex then their is no guarantee until birth. Ripley should be in season approx May time.
It is always if's and but's until a litter is born. But positive stage one is complete and we are excited we can see babies.
All enquires by TEXT first, and I will arrange by appointment to call you back.
Text times 10.30am to 1.30pm. Calls arranged a time to suit us both.
I will not answer any with held numbers.
I will not answer calls from outside the UK. EMAIL ME ONLY. I can not text you back either as my contract charges me for outside calls.
Do not call me or text me at 3am in the morning. Phone is off.
Do not just send me a message "How much are your puppies". That is no way to start a conversation to own one of my babies. Go to questions and answers and copy and paste into an email. Text me something in which makes me want to reply to you.
If you find me on social media, don't be an idiot thinking my husband doesn't see the messages. Im the last person you want to flirt with online. Your blocked straight away.
If you are abusive, you wont get a reply. You are blocked. Then your number will be distributed to all my breeding friends so they do not go through the same abuse.
To stress we want great family homes for our puppies. We will not sell to dealers or traders. I will not reduce the price of the whole litter so you can buy the whole litter and resell.
This is what it is like buying a dog in 2021 !
Again a worthwhile reminder for those new people looking for dogs. Every single day their are people on facebook groups complaining at the price of puppies. It is frustrating yes because at the end of the day dog prices have shot up. Covid 19 caused a huge price change in all dog breeds. Not just the breeds we own. The demand for puppies suddenly allowed for some breeders to double the prices. Sadly however these breeders do not own the best dogs in the UK, far from it. Breeders saw £ signs. It seems the cavalier king charles spaniel is now £3-£5. Crosses are just as much. We are seeing Vizsla at 3-4 k. The highest priced litter I saw recently was £4750 a puppy and their was 10 in litter, and he was expecting another a week later of 9.
This one that makes me laugh still, is the pet owner saying "Im not a breeder therefore I do not need a license", but they just had a litter charging 4k per puppy and probably just earned more than a licensed show breeder. Also they do not want to submit a tax return as everyone and its mother thinks breeding dogs is a tax free venture. They also dont have to health test the dog as they are not a breeder. You breed just one puppy you have entered the world as a breeder.
So lesson number one. the HMRC expect you to submit a tax return on 1 litter if you have charged over £1000. Any hobby which could be crafting, car booting and you take money is only considered a hobby if you have not taken more than £1000 a year. Anything over £1000 is not a hobby in the tax mans eyes. So lesson number one, be self employed and do a tax return. It is January time when we all submit online assessments.
If you sell puppies you are required to have a license. Their are so many and I mean SOOOOOOOO many breeders not licensed and selling dogs. Well its up to them, but its breaking UK law. It up to you as the buyer to see the license number to be sure they are doing it properly. Every advert should by law have photo of the puppy and the license number beside. Look at your main pets sales website and you'll see 99% aren't licensed. Do you really want to promote back yard breeding ?
Prices had to rise sadly it was inevitable. As everything to do with animals costs more than it did in 2018. From food, to health tests, to licenses, to everything. The pedigree dog has become cheap compared to cross breeds sadly. It is about time pedigree dogs were more money than cross breeds. But I could not justify charging 4k for a Vizsla. The pedigree dog costs more to produce. Cross breeds are bred from 6 months of age to 18 months, and then over bred, as no paper trail. By the age of 2 some of them have had 4 litters. If you breed a dog thats too young, you will take all the nourishment from the dog, cause bone issues, muscle, weakly, they wont produce milk and you have a whole lot of problems.
When looking at these dogs online they are not quality dogs, many pet owners using poor stud dogs which carry health issues. Just think for one minute how they think they do not need to declare that income, and have 10 pups sitting there. Hell thats more than most peoples wages in a year. I wish they would all just do it properly but no. Most have no health tests done on the parents. Many of them have charged so much money the poor bitch is in whelp again six months after her other litter. Some of you are buying unregistered dogs so their is no records of the dogs litters. Lots of pictures get put on social media, and so many look fined boned and weakly. Worm riddled, poor dogs.
Please go to reputable breeders, who do not advertise on those big online sales sites. Go to the Kennel club website for litters registered, then do your homework.
Do not just buy online, parting with money through credit card or payment systems. Find reputable breeders who have information online which is trusted, with a reputation and stick with them for as long as it takes. All good breeders can recommend someone else who is a good breeder. Recommendation is everything these days.
At the end of the day do you know who controls what breeders charge for puppies? Its you! If you walk away from the puppy farmed puppy he is more likely not to breed in the future. If you walk away from paying 4k they will not want to be stuck with a litter of 10 vizsla. So you are the ones in control of paying out fees.
This week will reveal how many puppies Rogue has inside her, the scan date is Wednesday .
Sadly our Frenchie was not pregnant, and I know ive got a few people waiting. We will repeat the mating next time around which should be approx summer time. Its not an exact science mating dogs. We always say if we mate 3, we will get 1 or 2 litters if lucky as like last year we had none. Next time hopefully Covid will be less restrictive and we can get a hotel and get a couple of mating done as its a long drive from Norfolk. Two matings often are best to make sure the bitch is covered through all her fertile days.
We have not got a date to scan Izzy yet.
Although Im asking people which Vizsla list they prefer, I wont know who is getting what until one bitch has whelped and seen sexes. Im getting a lot of bitch enquiries it seems, and this means those who have asked just for Izzy list could get pushed back to my summer litter if Rogue say has 1 bitch. Then people move to Izzy list and she doesn't have enough. So be aware we can only try our best. Those people who do not mind what sex it is so much easier for me to place a puppy with you. Ive had litters of all males in my time and all females in my time. It is unpredictable.
Your patience is required !!
Happy new year to everyone. I am now back to updating the website again although its not quite easy as I've had an accident and either damaged badly a tendon in my hand or its broken, unsure yet as waiting on GP phone consultation. So if I do not text you back dont panic, it may be I cant.
Rogues scan date is the 13th January, I know I wrote the 12th but I can only get the scan done on the 13th. So its probably best to wait for the update on available page before you all text me.
I will ask everyone to come forward whose waited since last March. Just to see whose still waiting or who has decided they no longer want one.
Izzy scan date has not been fixed yet.
Rita is due for puppies end of January and she has a big tummy now.
Obviously no show news and most likely nothing more in the next year as with covid we can make no travel plans.
As most of you know we lost Chilli on Christmas eve which really broke me for Christmas and I didn't feel much in good cheer. The second dog I've lost on Christmas eve. I always knew it would be a hard day loosing him but to loose him at Christmas was heart breaking. We picked up his ashes yesterday.
Im now really thinking hard in the way I want to go forward with breeding my girls, and what stud dogs to introduce etc. We get to the point we have to think of the next few years ahead.
Finally the news most people have been waiting a long time to hear now. We have successfully mated Rogue to Indie.
I shall scan her around 12th January so watch the website for news. I will then ask everyone to come forward and text me who is waiting.
Joshuas girl is being mated in next few days. Her list is pretty full unless someone wants to come over to Rogues. We can make that decision once scans have given us numbers.
After over 20 years of breeding dogs we seem to of learnt more about fertility in the last 12 months than during 20 years. I think when you own an easy breed of dog to mate such as a Weimaraner you don't have to think too much which date is correct for ovulation. But when you own small breeds and the Vizsla they are much more difficult to interpret when they are ready for various reasons.
Im pretty convinced Vizsla have fake seasons. Ive seen split seasons, fake seasons, pregnancy's that get absorbed, to just not falling pregnant.
Finding the exact date of ovulation gives optimum chances of a pregnancy and this can only truly be done with progesterone testing.
Then we have to think about getting optimum sperm, and optimum eggs released. This is something which can be boosted with vitamins and minerals, oils etc.
For those breeders reading this, wheat germ oil has been used for generations with fertility in humans as well as animals. We have always used wheat germ oil in our dogs and I always found if I used it I would get approx 2-3 more puppies than if I didn't use it.
But now research has shown that folic acid is important to fertility and in the smaller breeds which can have cleft palates having 1 tablet per day a few weeks before mating and during the weeks of pregnancy can avoid cleft palate. We do not see cleft palates in Vizsla, this is more to do with the brachycephellic head shapes.
Vitamin C is another one thats used commonly in all dog breeders dogs, to help boost immunity and help fertility.
Vitamin B is a very important vitamin to add to dogs diets.
Green lipped muscle improves fertility in males. This is something Ive learnt in the last two weeks from Sonia who owned Frank the frenchie. We know that green lipped muscle is used in dogs with arthritis or hip dysplasia for generations, but we have never heard of it being used to boost sperm production and apparently if you use to 3-4 days before mating a male to a bitch it can double sperm production.
Most people assume its so easy to mate dogs together and get a pregnancy through to birth but its not. Today in modern society with poor diets dogs get they may well lack a lot of vitamins and minerals needed to sustain pregnancies. So we must give a varied diet including fats, and amino acids. Their is in fact a whole different diet we give our dogs who are being mated now to the ones who are not breeding with.
For example the older dogs who are spayed or finished breeding with they are on far less calories per day now. As they do not need to be built up to sustain a pregnancy. Spayed bitches also can put on weight so they are on a far less protein diet than a breeding dog.
We literally spend thousands in our dogs diets, with all the added nutrients, to an abundance of treats all natural. The reason is a happy dog is much more likely to sustain a pregnancy than a dog with mental health from boredom and lack of doing things. For example good healthy exercise daily, with good diet, and then lots of treats keeps dogs mental well being satisfied and contend is very important. Individual attention is a must also. Its easy with a lot of dogs to get complacent and do little with them, thinking they will entertain each other. But they actually need one on one each day with their humans.
Happy dogs are healthy dogs
The UK Government Defra have now given details as to pet travel going in and out of the UK from January 2021 due to brexit. In some ways it remains the same and in other ways its changed.
Pets passports are no longer valid.
A micro chip will be required.
A rabies vaccine can not be given to any puppy under the age of 12 weeks. At 12 weeks or older you can have the vaccine.
21 days from the vaccine you can travel but you are required to have a health certificate which can only be done by trained travel vets. This will be a cost of approx £46 plus. As each veterinary centre can decide what they wish to charge. It appears that up to 5 dogs may travel on one certificate, but that also could depend on the vet whose writing up the health certificate.
The health certificate has to be done a few days before travel and is valid for 4 months after travel.
As soon as Covid is less in Europe we intend on travelling with our boy Silvestre Fortune N Glory and Silvestre Whoo Hoo. To see if we can indeed win anything. Fingers crossed.
Any more updates I will post, but thats what ive read today from defra website.
Most people do not think about their dogs ears, and others can be checking them all the time. So what do you have to do with ears?
With a French bulldog it is so obvious when a wax build up occurs, and you have to be gentle in cleaning them because everything there, exposed. So use a cotton bud with ear cleaner on, and gently wipe any wax away. I never pour liquid in the ears, even if it says on the product to do so. Can you imagine the sensation of cold watery liquid going down your ears, I freak thinking about it. You can also use a baby wipe with no chemicals on, so a natural one and wipe inside the ears gently.
So how often should you clean the dogs ears ? Only when required. The ear has a natural flora and should not be thoroughly cleansed with pouring liquid in all the time or you can cause unbalance in the ear.
In my notes in hidden pages their will be produces mentioned that we use. I am updating still the hidden pages sections. Bear with me as when I have puppies I have no time what so ever.
So how do you recognise a healthy ear? Its light pink, not swollen, no scratching, and has no smell coming from the ear. So leave it alone and clean only when the wax builds up which can be every few weeks.
So how do you recognised an unhealthy ear? It will be red, smelly, dark wax and lots of it, swollen from the dog scratching, blood in ear, constant pain in the ear.
So what causes an unhealthy ear? Yeast, or ear mites, or infection, or from a grass seed going down inside the ear. I would advice with any unhealthy looking ear that you seek your veterinary surgeons opinion first. They will be able to tell you if the dog has an infection for example as you should not leave infections.
A dog can have a skin infection for example which causes pus. A dog may hold its head on one side when it walks, or shakes the head. Often the cause of infections.
Mites is usually constant scratching.
Closed ear canals is a problem in some breeds of dog, but thankfully Ive never had it. I understand it is in french bulldogs and pugs. But so far not seen it. But if you have brought a puppy from someone and its ear canal is closed up, I would ask your vet for his opinion on best course of action to keep ear healthy.
But for more info head over to my hidden pages if you are a new puppy owner. If you can not see the article do not panic, it will be uploaded once again. Im trying to add photos of various ear pictures.
Thanks for reading
As many are aware the Kennel club changed their website and with it lost everyones details. It is taking a lot of work to try and piece it all together again. But they are gradually getting there. Obviously its not the Kennel clubs fault that the programming went haywire.
They are so behind hand and puppies are leaving breeders with out K C documents. Something that we never thought would happen to us as I am so efficient I usually have all paperwork ready by the 5 week visits.
I am please to announced our litters have been registered now and all names accepted, and showing in our account under our name as the breeder.
I have kept all my puppy owners up to date with information so they know what is happening. Sharing Kennel club videos on whats app, to show it isn't our fault that no registrations were available. But now we just wait for them to print them and send through post and they will be sent off by recorded delivery. We have all the Reg numbers and names which I have shared with everyone by whats app. So this is good news all our babies are registered now.
I hope all my breeder friends have got their paperworks being sorted also as their are many who haven't had any correspondence. What a muddle, but its gradually getting back to some kind of normality even if its 2 months late.
Thank you to all my puppy owners who have been so patient x
A busy few days having health tests done on dogs we wish to mate in the future. Great news that all our dogs have good hips.
As a breeder I have took quite an interest in health issues in dogs and talk to vets and enquire more than most. I also speak to specialists if I get the opportunity, as I wish to learn. I do not just breed dogs with no thought. I have a quest for knowledge.
Its lovely to see good hips on an X-ray but the more I learn about health tests and study the more I have to say Hip dysplasia is just pure bad luck. You can have generations of great scores then one day suddenly produce a higher score. I am not convinced its totally genetic, and even speaking to vets who health test they agree. But we continue to have them done of course. We have never produced Hip dysplasia, in a vizsla, but I have friends who have done, and they have had numerous great scores then suddenly get that one dog. We must remember theirs more to just the parents having good scores. We need history of good scores, but also their will always be that one dog which will end up with bad hips from bad diet, over exercise and environmental. Most breeders today will not know the pedigree going back ten generations as most have given up. Many pet breeders do not know anything past the dog they own. Or bother to find out. I was reading today how a Labrador owner has a litter of puppies and only now realised she should of had DNA tests, Hips, elbows, eyes done. So she has gone ahead and bred the dog with nothing.
Their are still people out there that dont have an absolute clue, except wanting fluffy babies. Their was about 20 comments immediately telling her how many tests she should of had done. Her argument was, well we was going to keep one. Er yes but you’ve still got to sell the other 9 now with out any testing done what so ever. No license paid for. No tax is being paid because she thought she would just keep them. The breed she has are going for £2000-£3000 and doesnt think she needs to submit a tax return. (SMACKS MY HEAD against computer)!
Breed averages aren’t really a true representation of what hips score be. All this means is say 100 dogs done, they look at the average of those 100 dogs. But their could be another 5000 dogs bred who weren’t scored, so we dont know a breed average. So do not worry about breed averages too much as they are not accurate. For example hardly any Pugs are ever scored, but the odd Pug can have HD. But their is no real breed average score because only a handful of dogs done in history. I think a lot of people just dont understand what its all about, and some breeders brag on the back of they are under breed average. One Vizsla done of mine is a 15, and it was the breed average when he was done. So a good score in the day, now people think ooooo you cant breed a 15. Totally wrong. Today scored he would be prob a 10. He has never produced a puppy over a 13. So great hip scores and even scores.
When we had Weimaraners we had 0:0. 1:0, 3:2. 1:1 and fantastic to see on paper. But then for no reason got a 17, but it was even and not HD. So as I say you can have generations of low scores then get something alittle higher. Their is far more to this than meets the eye. We bred her to a low score dog and her offspring were 3:3 and under. Never producing HD.
I have grown with breeding dogs and learnt from mentors who will say theirs more to hips, I never truly got it until now. One Vizsla breeder told me she had a score of 34 and was breeding her bitch to a dog with low score. At the time I thought well I wouldn’t do it. But now I understand as all the generations before never had HD. Its a funny old world we live in. We should score yes, we will continue to score. Touch wood we never see HD. I know another breeder who is a vet who had higher hips in her dog breed. Never produced HD but higher scores. The moral there is know your blood lines, which cant be done until you’ve done it for generations.
Growing slowly is important for any large boned dog. Dogs fed kibble grow too quickly, and often joints can suffer. Raw fed dogs grow at a slower rate, and they are leaner, with muscle. Where as Kibble dogs can put fats on. This doesnt mean the barf fed dont wont get HD, but slower growing is beneficial to joints. Getting the right vitamins and minerals is important. Its the whole package. I guess we are what we eat. !
I spoke at length to a specialist once on bone issues in dogs. A friend asked if the five minute rule was correct. She said no. A puppy that is destined to have HD later in life will get it. She said a puppy however must never do something outside the realms of normal. So no skidding on laminate or oak flooring. No jumping off steps. No running up and down stairs. No jumping off sofas. Do not drag a puppy up a mountain or by six months take it jogging. Do not get a mountain bike and let the dog run beside. Dogs bones do not set until after 12 months. It is 18 months truly when the joints are what they should be. So until 18 months, no jogging with any dog, no mountains, no running beside mountain bikes. She said USE COMMON SENSE! A friend also asked what about a dog with HD should it ever exercise ? Of course she said. Do not crate a dog and make it miserable. The joint wont be any worse if the dog has a walk, or crated for ever. But a crated dog will be frustrated and miserable. So again using common sense. You wouldn’t jog with a dog that had HD. You would walk, and enjoy the countryside.
I knew someone with a dog with HD, Alsatian back in the days when they looked very different. It had HD but if it ran you wouldn’t know. The dog wasnt lame. I couldnt get over the fact the dog was not lame. They did swimming with the dog. The dog had supplements in its diet. Basically they strengthened the muscles and ligaments in the dog and the way they supported the joint. So the dog lived to a good age, fairly pain free. Very committed owners who cared for the dog. I watched the dog move and I really couldnt tell one way or the other. That memory stayed with me.
We must think about it all as what we do with out dogs can affect the outcome of their health. It is still right to buy from breeders who have hip scored. But just understand we are not scientists in veterinary medicine or know every in and out of it all. We learn the more we do. We try our hardest to do things right. We score our dogs, and now is up to you as the owner to make sure it has correct exercise, correct diet.
Mrs Rachel Savage