I decided to write this evening a post about buying a puppy, after seeing the most awful puppy thats just been sold to a family on facebook. My husband showed me a post and the puppy is absolutely riddled with worms and the people have no idea. Brought for their younger children, and placed on the floor and it was scared to death. I would love to comment and say my god you've just brought one very poorly puppy there. So maybe people have no idea what is healthy and what is not. ?
A puppy should have a nice healthy coat, even a shine to it in the sunshine.
A puppy should not look bloated at the stomach, but have ribs or hip bones showing. If the puppy is well fed and has no worms it will be covered over every bone with a nice layer of puppy fat and skin.
A puppy's eyes should not look like their is hair loss over the eyes, this could be just a very parasitic puppy, or in fact bacterial skin infection such as strangles.
A puppy's eyes should look bright and healthy with no discharges.
A puppy should not be so scared to death it wants to run in opposite direction. Cautious yes, little unsure of its new surroundings, but not petrified. Once you place the puppy on the floor, it will gather it self for a moment sit, and maybe whinge, and then will walk after a minute or two and start sniffing its new surroundings. It shouldn't be so scared of people that it runs away completely. Vizsla are a sensitive breed, but your breeder will of given you information how to get the best out of the puppy on the first day home.
The breeder should of given you some food to carry on with.
Did you ask for the breeders license number? Or actually see the license to breed dogs?
If you have children, did the breeder question the ages of your children when you brought the puppy? A Vizsla is a difficult breed with children under 6. Did the breeder explain in full to you the down side to owning the breed. Or just tell you all the good points?
Did you get a puppy contract of sale?
Is the puppy microchipped?
Did you see the mum interacting with the puppy? Their are con sales men and women that rent houses just to sell pups from, and its not really the place the pups were bred.
Did you see photos of the puppy's in their home and does it look the same, not just plonked down for a photo. Are they interacting with mum.
How did mum look when you collected the puppy? Yes they can be thin from the feeding of puppies, but we find that the first visit at 5 weeks they can look thinner, but then at 8 weeks have gained weight again as the puppies have been weaned.
Did mum look healthy? Expect her to be cautious of you as your there to take her children away.
Did you see dad?
Did you see all the health certificates for the parents ie: Hip score, elbow score, glaucoma, bva annual eye test, HUU Dna, CA Dna, DM dna, and more....their is more coming out all the time. Did you see the same name and microchip number on those certificates? Or did you switch off and not really look. If the breeder cant find the certificates they probably never had them.
What is the true COI of the litter ? So many adverts on the well known website are bragging about the low coi of the litter when in fact the Kennel club doesn't have on record the ancestors of the dog. We know ourselves if you look up indie his COI is 0, this is not correct. Go on the Vizsla data base and check yourselves.
Will the breeder offer you life time support, do they have a facebook page, or instagram account? Whats app to keep you updated ?
What happens if you can not keep the dog up to 6 months? Will they take the dog back in? Or arrange through rescue to take the dog.
If you have children has the breeder explained about how hard a Vizsla mouthes children up to 20 weeks of age.? Do they have a puppy pack of information to share with you or qualifications with animals ?
Ask how long they have bred dogs?
Their is a big misconception that people breeding pets have a better life, which is absolutely rubbish. Licensed breeders home rear puppies.
Do they show their dogs? If yes they will have a much better understanding of the breed standard, and if they judge will of gone through kennel club seminars.
But we dont want a show dog?! But you want a healthy dog and show dogs are better constructed which in turn means healthier adults. Poorly constructed brings a whole heap of health issues. You want the best looking pet at the end of the lead and one thats healthy, so don't fuel pet breeders who don't care what the dogs end up looking like.
You have got to realise that if a breeder sells a puppy then they are required by the UK law to have a breeding license. Many people do not want one because of the costs, or the intrusion of having to be inspected. Or people live in a property that dogs are not allowed to be bred from. Many have to change uses of homes from residential to breeding just for one litter. Online you can see puppies for sale at £2000-£4000 a puppy. Now if they have ten puppies, this is more income than most peoples jobs these days. They are license avoiders and tax avoiders, in the pretence they are hobby breeders. Their is a current trend also in young women claiming benefits breeding these dogs. HMRC will be watching, and every advert they put out will be noted. However these people sell mainly through facebook groups, as they can do it by private messages. So as not to draw attention to their illegal sales. Use common sense and go through licensed, reputable breeders.
The animal protection services are currently fining breeders whose councils have told them they do not need a license. Their was a list of about 20 names released, and they say they are adding to them all the time. Some councils do not have the man power to issue them. So theirs huge confusion at the moment as to whats going on.
Remember with all of the above, if we do not have puppies for sale, we always know someone that does. We are happy to recommend breeders.
But just for goodness sake don't buy an unhealthy puppy!! Vets should check pups, and write letters with the microchip number on. This is your golden ticket if you like, knowing your baby is healthy.
But be careful of larger vets who are tied to breeders establishments. Some large breeders in the UK have their own vets now who will sign off anything. Make sure the vet is treating normal pet dogs, and not just set up for breeding kennels. That they have their own practise, and practising legally under the Royal college of veterinary surgeons. It has come to everyones attention in the last year that their are real big issues with some of these large concerns.
The adults welfare if priority, and sadly this is not the case with many puppy farms which have Vizsla, and they present quite a great social media outlook. Houses which are not theirs but rented to sell dogs from. Fake homes, fake parents, fake people.
I always say I never speak to anyone to sell a dog, because I don't need too. My priority is always making sure you know what you are taking on, can you cope. You must be prepared for a puppy, and if a breeder is only interested in the sale, then they are not the kind of breeder I would want to buy from.
I know its a mine field, and sometimes these ladies on facebook sound fab as you can write anything on social media. But do your research please. Please Please buy healthy babies, from healthy parents. That is all that I want to put across.
Mrs Rachel Savage