I have just added to the Silvestre Owners Access page three new files.
1 on Phantom Pregnancy's
2 on Pyometra (Uterus infectioin)
3) Male Sheath problems
I shall be adding more articles soon.
I have had a busy few months where I have neglected updating the website. I am going to add in photos taken during 2022, and add in pages which you can follow of dogs which are now of breeding age.
We are asked our breeding plans by several now. We have 3 male Vizsla puppies available. But we will have another litter late summer time. I am unsure if it will be Birdie or Jovie who will have the litter. I shall announce on available page when I have decided.
Our next litter will be Bracco Italiano, and we are mating Yennefer, she had 1 litter in 2021.
We also hope to mate our French bulldog Frooti to Reggie. This will take place when she is in season. Reggie will complete his health tests which some he will be genetically clear from with out testing. But we will send DNA off to Laboklin labs, plus he has his eyes booked under a BVA vet. He will also undergo the bronze and silver health testing with the French bulldog club.
Usually when we get enquiries for just one sex its because someone read some where on the internet that girls are better. Well Im here to dispel that one. The Vizsla is a breed of dog where in fact the male is the easiest of the two by a long shot.
I want to breed my dog. But let's look further at the complications of breeding dogs. Id love to say to you all it was easy but it is in fact one of the hardest things you can do.
I have been asked many times to please write a book. Maybe one day I will do. Because the books out there are not showing most of you how to deal with the things that go wrong. Yes it means vet every time, but if you have not recognised what has gone wrong then you'll loose your bitch.
Breeding is not all pink and fluffy. Breeding is not all cute and lovely. Where there is life there is death. To do it right takes ten years and a good mentor behind you. Reputation is also everything. Why buy a dog off someone whose not meeting the legal requirements to breed a litter in the UK. Is it worth a prison sentence.
Here at Silvestre every single puppy we breed we place a breeding restriction on the Kennel club document. Its called a breeding endorsement and when you visit us you sign a contract which states you won't breed from your dog. Because not everyone understands the difficulties in breeding. We will not lift this on a pet dog. So if you want to breed you need to enter into a contract for us to lift the endorsement. We do not charge to lift the endorsement but you are expected to health test your bitch, show your dog. If you have not trained your dog to show from an early age. you can kiss the idea goodbye.
The Vizsla is not always fertile. Some have just 2 puppies, some can have 14 puppies. You need to educate yourself on everything that can go wrong so you can recognise it. Having 2 puppies your bitch most likely won't have enough hormone to birth them. A c section may be required.
A breeding license is required, and you apply to your local council for one. Because if you sell a puppy with out a license, you can be charged up to 20k with a nice 6 month prison sentence. But this is something achievable unless you live in a property that planning won't change use from domestic to breeding establishment. Yes for 1 litter. It will also depend on the area you live in as to how strict your council is. It is by far cheaper and less stressful to buy a second puppy rather than breed one.
You need to understand when your bitch has uterine inertia, or uterine torsion, or when a puppy is stuck and can't be born. How to manipulate a puppy and turn it if possible to get the head out slightly, or how to grab and hold feet and pull gently out with. out pulling the legs off. If the head is stuck further up it can be quite an ordeal.
How to administer oxygen to your new born puppy. How to tube feed it, which is a tube you push into the stomach of the puppy and place milk in it, bottle feeding every two hours. If you can not deal with the things that go wrong you will loose puppies, and worse you will loose the mum.
Not all bitches want their puppies. Some kill them. Some have them, get off and won't do another thing with them. Not all dogs want to be mothers. You won't know this until you have the litter. I know of a bitch that killed another dog in the home when she had the puppies as she was over protective. I know of another that killed a family cat. Because it happened to walk in same room. Not all Vizsla. We had a bitch years ago that hated her puppies. We had another who was so protective she would jump off and spin around at every sound she heard and ended up stomping on one and killing it.
Ill never forget the experience we had when a bitch of ours had to have a C section, the uterus had torn so we had her spayed on the table. But the area inside burst a blood vessel and she lost a bucket of blood. Emergency trip to the vet to save the mums life and then having to hand feed 9 puppies. Hand feeding sounds cute doesn't it, but puppies can die as its not mothers milk. their are specialist hand rearers in UK who are fantastic, but they charge 2-4k as I enquired once. Puppies also can not urinate or do a poop themselves under 2 weeks of age. So if mum is not doing this its your job to stimulate each puppy every 1 1/2 hours to go the toilet. This is day and night.
Breeding is not what you think it is. If all goes well I think its a miracle. My vet would agree with me and has told me may tales now of how things have gone wrong with other breeders. I can count 6 breeders who I know have lost their Vizsla bitch hours after a C Section.
To breed a dog is easy but to be a breeder is something else. To produce top quality puppies and raise them right. To know how to avoid inherited conditions and to work with DNA tools that we have these days.
So before you think of £ signs think about being stuck with all 14 puppies. Screaming your house down and the older they get no-one wants one unless its free. So their is a lot to consider. I remember helping one lady who said she would never do it again so long as she lived. Its great when they are 0-4 weeks and just sitting there, but at 8 weeks they are screaming the joint down.
So before you say to me I want to breed my dog, think about this as not just something the mother dog does on her own.
If everything ive said does not put you off and you wish to breed your dog then contact me for a breeding dog. But to buy a Silvestre and breed you will enter into a breeding contract at time of deposit.
Happy New Year to all our followers. May 2023 bring you good health, lots of smiles and happiness, and food on the table and money to pay the bills. We live in a very difficult age.
xx Rachel xx
We have Hungarian Vizsla male puppies available ready to go January.
If you know you do not want a puppy do not go through the process of enquiring, I am dealing with a lot at the moment and it's unfair to say you want a puppy when you don't. So only enquire if you really want one. Everyone thinks they are not time wasters, but the meaning of time waster is someone who takes your time with no intention of having something. I think you forget we are a family, and one that is dealing with a lot at the moment. We welcome genuine enquiries.
We are only too happy to help those of you who are genuine in wanting to be part of the Silvestre family.
It is not often I can say we have puppies available as they are pre booked, but when Roux shot out a massive 13 puppies we then had places available. We know with Christmas coming up that is a time for family. But we welcome any text message or what's app message and we will reply. Except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Please text at sensible hours not before 10.30am as I am out with the dogs until then each day. Regardless of Christmas dogs are a lifetime commitment. We never sell Christmas presents and the whole family must be on board wanting a puppy.
Contact me on 07584279384 if you wish to reserve one.
A puppy is only reserved if a deposit is placed. We do not entertain time wasters.
We have varied homes already, two show homes, one working home, and active homes. We primarily look for pet homes that will cherish and love our darlings for their lifetime. We have ongoing support through our group, or you can what's app me any time. Day or night I reply unless in another country. We are here for you!
Several enquires this week which have turned out to be unsuitable and I think after talking to me they can see this. I could easily sell puppies but I want to make sure you know what your taking on as the last thing we want to do is sell a puppy which ends up in rescue. The Vizsla puppy is not an easy puppy, and with the experience I have I can easily say this. But with guidance and good training they can become the best dog you'll ever own in your lifetime.
Our puppies are by far more socialised than a lot of puppies we see for sale. They are home reared and live in our dog room which is a focal part of our house. They are already listening to sounds and being handled well. Eyes and ears now open and now tasting weaning food. Check out instagram for latest photos and videos. @silvestre.showdogs
Our last show of 2022 went off with a bang. Indie went to Brussells dog show with handler Rachel and whilst he was there he won 8 CAC, 1 CACIB, 1 RCACIB, Belgium winner title.
This means we can now claim his Belgium show champion certificate, so all forms have been scanned and sent off to the belgium kennel club and we will await their response.
Indie is the happiest dog that ever lived and a joy to live with.
Thank you to every one who has reserved a puppy. We need to make sure we have your visit times and collection date and times written in the diary now. So contact me this next week and Ill sort everything out.
What you need to know about contacting me. Do not contact me before 10.30am each day, and text me first. We can arrange a call at some point that day. I do NOT do evening calls.
Why do I not do evening calls? For many reasons, but the main one is health and I get extremely fatigued with my illness and evenings I have a job to see. I have brain fog which causes visual disturbances when tired. Being a dog breeder you are looking after animals all day and night. They're are few hours to dedicate to telephone calls. Thats if you have welfare of your dogs at heart. We do not employ staff, some do but they're is not enough money in our breeding to employ anyone.
If you wish to reserve a puppy, Contact me at 10.30am and I will arrange things with you that day.
We have 3 adorable male puppies available. Ready to leave on the 20th/21st January 23..
I hope to get another tik Tok video tomorrow Ill star eon instagram and also post photos to 10 owners who have reserved a puppy already. Roux had a big litter of puppies which surprised us. Considering she had 6 puppies in her first litter this litter was a shock. Goose must be a very fertile stud dog.
The last few weeks I have been completing more health tests for our dogs, some were DNA tests, some eye tests with the BVA vet and hip and elbow scoring done.
Very pleased that the whole Silvestre breeding team were eye tested clear again for another year.
Maverick completed all the DNA tests and is clear. Lane finally completed her last DNA test and clear. Maverick completed his elbow and hip scoring.
Now you won't find most of our health tests we have done online anywhere as we now send our hips and elbows to Australia. Our kennel club accept these tests but they are not published. They only publish UK bva health tests. The reason. why most of us have decided to use Australia is quickness. Its a 48 hour turn around, where as the UK system is weeks to months before any of us see a result.
Every single health tests we have done is printed off the laboratory results, the X-ray results, the eye testing results and I pop into a large folder. These can be viewed when people visit us. Copies are only given to those people who wish to show their dogs from us with the potential to breed.
I now have to complete Birdies DNA tests.
Our younger team who will not be bred until 2024 will under go all the relevant health tests during 2023.
Mrs Rachel Savage