When our dogs come to the end of their breeding years with us, we retire them. I always remove their pages from the website as not to confuse people looking for puppies who the mum is. I have photos of the parents at the bottom of each individual page so people can see the dogs.
We are now retiring two of our Pugs, Rita who has had 2 litters of puppies. Her last litter was a struggle for her, and we believe Rita is better having just the 2 litters. As I have a daughter from her which is Sabrina. I shall spay her in the New Year. This means next year I shall have but one breeding Pug.
I am also retiring Bruce from mating any of our bitches. He is now 6 years of age, and soon to be 7. At 7 dogs are considered veterans. Only in exceptional cases would I use a veteran on any bitch. We may still own the dogs but it doesn’t mean they are all breeding dogs. We have to consider their welfare of course, and just because it states on paper a dog can have four litters, it doesn't mean they should have four litters. We have to take each dogs welfare into account. I hope you realise this is what makes a responsible dog breeder, that the mothers are more important to us, than any financial gain we may have from a litter.
Bubbles is also considered retired now. She also has had two litters, and once her babies have left us, I shall remove her page, but add her photo to the end of her daughters page.
I have spoken before on my all things natural about cancer in dogs. This week I went to see a vet who is a researcher into boas in French bulldogs, Pugs, English bulldogs, and cross breeds. We spoke about Vizsla as she was intrigued I owned Vizsla as well as the smaller breeds. Absolutely lovely lady who has dog breeds health at heart. She said they are seeing a huge increase in Vizsla with sarcoma attached to the spleens. She asked if any research had been done on the breed. I spoke to her and told her the only research that I knew about had been done in USA. Which had concluded that spaying too early the bitches or at all increases risks, and in males castration done too early, or at all increases risks.
We had suspicions when we had Weimaraners that something was triggering cancers, but their had been no research done at that time.
The cancers listed that dogs can have are bone cancer, lymphoma and Mast Cell Tumours. The lists of other health problems associated with spaying and neutering too early is growth problems, from joint disease, hip dysplasia, uneven growth in leg bones, leaving some dogs with a long leg one side to the other. Which then causes a limp, gate. Our normal veterinary surgeons have not read the research, many still will get you to neuter the dog early. Some however are telling owners to wait until the dog is older, but they are still doing it at 10 months which is still far too young.
We have to take note that not everyone wants to have an entire male, or a bitch that has seasons. But waiting for as long as possible before you go ahead to allow the joints to set in the dog. A puppy is classified as a puppy up to 12 months. Then the dog is an adolescence up to 18 months. The Vizsla does not mature until after 2 years of age. This is why breeding females are 2 years before they are mated. Dogs must finish growing, and must mature naturally so that they do not grow unevenly. We can soon spot a male which has been castrated too young by the look of the dog. Just remember you should allow your dog to grow up. Breeders used to say let females have one season, but I’m now thinking thats not enough. A minimum of 2 seasons, unless the bitch has pyometra which is infection in the uterus.
Please also take note I am not just saying all this as pie in the sky with no reason. We want our animals to be as healthy as possible. We are always going to participate in studies on dogs to forward the health of dogs in the future. We understand that their is no such thing as perfection with animals, and their is no such thing as owning an animal for 14 years with out ever visiting a vet. But the more we learn, we can share the information with you, so you can make decisions for your dogs which can increase their lifespan. Or live a life with out pain. This is why I am sharing this information with you all.
Some cancers are caused by farm land chemicals, pollutants from factories, and vehicles. Their is nothing we can do about these.
This is just a gentle reminder that animals are animals, just as we are animals, and we can try and do the best for our animals as possible.
As we prepare for Autumn and winter what do we have to do to prepare for dogs over winter. ?
As winter approaches you may notice your dog is hungrier than usual. This is because they use up their fat stores to keep warmer on walks, so if your dog starts to look thin give your dog more food. If your dog is a working gun-dog, you will need to give it 3 meals a day. The Vizsla expels lots of energy keeping warm. If your dog looses weight and you are feeding more food, then give quality fats from beef in the diet and your dog will put weight on, or beef tripe fat.
Coming up to autumn your dog may require a coat to keep warm. We use our selves Hurta, Hotter and Equafleece for our dog coats.
If you are walking your dog in the dark you can buy reflective collars, I now make these which are idea for late evening walks. But also you can purchase lights to go on the dog. You can interchange collars if you wish to have a day time collar and put on the reflective one evening walks.
Please give me notice to make collars as I am busy at the moment. They come in high viz orange, high viz yellow, blue, black, green.
A flash light is valuable to see where the dog has gone to the toilet.
As it gets colder and we can get icy mornings, remember roads get salted and so do pathways. Salt is highly poisoness to dogs, so wash their paws in warm water when you get home so they can not lick the paws. Or use dog boots to stop cracks of pads. Ruff wear sell good boots.
Paw wax is a good idea if your dog is prone to cracked pads. Cracked pads can be caused by salt on pathways or just frozen ground. If it is frozen ground do not throw balls for the dog, as the dog skids it can damage nails, and pads, and it can also cause joint pains.
Water bowls outside freeze, so ideally have a bowl of water in the house. Do not let your dog eat large chunks of ice as it can cause a spasm in the gut. If your dog lives in a kennel you can put a tsp of glucose in the water to stop freezing. But change water frequently.
Do not let your dog run across frozen iced ponds, rivers, lakes. It could give way, and its up to you to stop the dog. Put the dog on the lead if it keeps going on the ice. Many owners have died retrieving dogs from frozen lakes.
I have had a few emails this week of concern about lock down of areas due to covid 19. We just have to use our common sense, and follow what we are told by the UK government. From what I can make out the lockdown of certain areas will be for 2 weeks at a time.
Norfolk is not under lockdown, it could however change as they have said it is of an area of concern. During the last few weeks many people have flocked to the Norfolk coastlines, which has apparently caused an increase if you listen to main media. Locally Ive not heard anything.
If it happens then we will have to just meet it head on and deal with it.
As we have a vulnerable family member we are not allowed anyone in our home except for carers.
We have managed our Pug visits in the grooming parlour, but they are a small breed, and do not take up any space. We are aware we can not do the same for a Vizsla litter visit. Also because weather is unpredictable coming into autumn and winter, we could not do a visit outside in the pouring rain. So we are having built a large summer house for all future Vizsla visits. We will be able to put a large pen up on the day for babies to go into, and you can view them from outside the pen. I can also display in here our collars, leads, snuffle mats etc so you can buy products when you visit.
I call for common sense with new enquirers who are reading on the KC website see the mother of the puppies before birth. In normal circumstances this would be apt, but we are not living in normal times, and lots of the information on the main website was not updated for covid guidelines.
To confirm I can not make waiting lists for litters of 2021, because we need to get my Sassy litter born first, and then when people miss out from this litter they will be prioritised then for Izzy litter, and this is how Ive always done it. So one litter at a time. We plan on having 2 litters in 2021 if all things go to plan. But everything can change again if we all go into lockdown at any time. It is extremely difficult for breeders to plan at the moment.
I have had a few emails this week with regards to Vizsla prices online, asking if we are the same prices. No we are not. We are aware that you will see prices of £3500 for a Vizsla puppy. Some breeds of dogs have always been more than others, such as English bulldogs, French bulldogs, and the reasons were a C Section is often needed. The costs involved in breeding them are much higher than gundogs, plus they have smaller litters. Plus the amount of health testing required for these breeds has pushed prices up.
But the Vizsla should be anything between £1300-£1600 to be a fair price. Breeders that do more health tests or show their dogs have higher expenses than someone having a pet litter. So to see a pet litter at £3500 a puppy is not what we call the going rate for a dog, which some have been led to believe. I would say i do not know anyone personally that charges £3500 and I do know a lot of Vizsla breeders.
Everyone is entitled to charge for their puppies what ever they like, and these litters do get sold quickly. It is up to the buyer.
I hope that answers some of your texts, phone calls etc.
As from Monday 14th September with the new Covid 19 guidelines changing on how many people can visit. We have to reduce numbers of people visiting if you have a large family and wish to bring them to the puppy visit sadly you can not as their are already 4 in our household. If you can just be two of you then we wont be breaking any rules. At this current time children probably would be best if they stayed at home. We do have a vulnerable family member. We will do all visits in our grooming parlour and we can take our adult dogs in there and the babies. We have hand sanitiser and anigene spray for shoes which kills corona virus, but not the strain of covid 19, but its a start. I’m hoping we dont go into full lockdown again before our Vizsla litter is born and on the ground. Fingers crossed.
It is the hardest thing to make a waiting list, because we can not predict anything until we have puppies in our hands. Once the puppies are born we will only then know, what we have in the way of Vizsla girls and Vizsla boys. I do not do numbers on a waiting list. I get to a point where I just say it will be the next litter if I cant help you. I have had so many time wasters in the past who I would say number 1, or number 2! That we realised a waiting list with numbers is a waste of time. Because people aren't honest with us. We literally now have to hold those babies in our hands. We have seen 9+ puppies, but that doesn't mean 9+ will be born. So I do need some patience from you now. I asked what sex you wanted to get me to the next stage which is once they are born, looking through my list in my diary and going, ah I can help that person, and that one, but not that one.
So please do not ask what number you are in the list, as their isn't a number. I have said to 10 people that if I can help with this litter I will do, and if not it will be Joshuas dog. If not Joshua's dog then it will be Roux's litter. Im telling people already its next year now.
You will meet the boss when you visit to see your puppy. He will always be present at puppy visits. So far you've spoken to me. He does have an opinion on who should get one, so I've had to run by him everyones whose contacted me.
Believe me Im turning away people every day still for puppies, so if you've been told I hope to help you, I really do hope to help you. DO NOT PANIC! We are just now on the spiral towards birth. Exciting isn't it. I cant wait. Her waist has vanished this week. Im like a kid with candy, so excited.
Do not forget that if you are visiting to see your puppy, I have asked everyone to text me the day before, to make sure we are well, and to make sure you are still coming.
Pug puppy and Frenchie visits soon, and I would just like to remind you all to contact me.
Im also asking you not to visit if you or your family show any signs of covid 19. Mum is 87 and frail and on vulnerable list. We can not have anyone to our home with covid 19.
At the visit you will be asked to use hand sanitiser, I will spray your shoes with Anigene which kills all manner of virus.
When we start doing Vizsla visits their will have to be a few more things I will ask you to do as their will be more people visiting.
I am very pleased to announce we are expecting a larger litter from Sassy. The Sire is our own Tango, so we own both mum and dad.
Both parents are health tested, and the puppies are due a few days into October.
When they are born I do not notify anyone straight away as I loose sleep. But I put an announcement out on the available page to contact me.
I asked everything this week what sex are you after, and the majority came back boys. I always know when this happens, sods law they will be girls. But hey ho nothing we can do. So I am not taking a reserve list of people who would have a girl if we can not help those who want boys only. Anyone who misses out will be transferred to Izzy's list, and she will be in season approx October time.
Mrs Rachel Savage