I have been asked a lot in the last two weeks if we plan a Vizsla litter in 2024. The answer is yes, but I can not give you exact dates yet. We find Vizsla unpredictable when their seasons will come, Ive got one girl for example that was 14 months between seasons, then suddenly had one 5 months later. So we can only give slight guidelines. We always let our girls have a season in-between litters and a 12 month gap. This restores their body mind and soul as I say.
Pepper is owned by Joshua Savage and he is breeding her on her next season. Her season is due November 2023. He is mating her to Maverick. Joshua has an interest in our affix which means they will be bred under our affix, and he also has a breeding license. The puppies will be top quality and Im quite interested to see what she produces with Maverick. He has to breed her winter time due to commitments with work during the summer time. The pups will be reared exactly the same way any Silvestre puppy is, with love, cuddles and home raised. Im very proud of Joshuas knowledge as he has learnt everything he knows from me. Proud mother! Peppers last litter was early 2022
I hope to breed in 2024 2 of my girls, Lane and Birdie. Lane is due in season approx December 2023 and I shall mate her to Maverick. She is a very chilled out easy going dog to own with the sweetest temperament you could wish for.
Rougshoot Vizsla have mated two bitches and if you want Sharons details I can pass them onto you.
We are nearly to the end of our showing for the year as we have commitments else where
Great Yarmouth and Gorleston open show I was not feeling very well on the day so left several dogs at home and just took Nancy our Bracco puppy. She was exactly six months on the day and was 3rd in puppy class. I was very pleased with her in the ring and she floated around. The star of the day was her brother Melman. He was 1st in puppy class and Best puppy. Also got a Junior warrant point on the day also.
We are hugely proud of him and his pedigree name is Silvestre Stolen Kiss, we shall look forward to more results to come as Im sure he has a wonderful show career ahead of him.
Sunday was the Hungarian Vizsla Championship show and we took 3 dogs and they were all 3rd in their class. All crufts qualifying places. This qualified Maverick for Crufts 2024. We hoped to get a 3rd with him and we did, so I was thrilled.
All I have to do is now qualify Nancy and we have a champ show for her in October.
You can let them stare at Silvestre - Roman (BRACCO ITALIANO)
Roman went to Sheringham open show and was 1st Puppy and Best puppy. Sadly we couldn't stop for the group. But a big Thankyou to Bracco judge Helen Sutton for. thinking highly of Roman.
In the world we live in, our pets can come into contact with so much. the shorter coated breeds skin comes in contact more than longer coated of course it makes common sense. In some respects its great because we know the moment our dogs got hives or bites. But the down side is being short coated its more likely to have a reaction as the hair hasn't stopped the touching of the skin.
Now with every short coated breed of dog the way to help if its having a reaction to an insect or plant is antihistamine. Every medical box should have some piraton in.
It can however go deeper as some breeds are allergic to food groups, and do require more than just an antihistamine.
It is the build up of histamine in the skin of a dog from pollen and pollution which causes Mast Cell Tumours. A dog maybe predisposed to have MCT but the trigger is outside influences and after reading much research the view is taking away the dogs hormone from it too early or at all can cause MAST cells in the skin. MCT is not common in one breed of dog, they are seen in every single dog on the planet now. The build up of toxins in the skin causes outbreaks.
So is their anything you can do for your dog? The answer is don't neuter your dog. Or wait until its an adult dog, so not before 3 years of age. Some breeds I would even urge caution at 3.
Give your dog a natural holistic approach diet. So raw healthy foods with anti toxins in. Blue berries are wonder for this. Give your dog supplements to give it the best chance ever. Omega three oils, feed your dog oily fish a few times a week. Cut out red meats. Add in Irish moss into the diet, and querticin which are great for removal of toxins. Give your dog also some milk thistle powder. Try not giving any vaccines, wormers or flea treatments. The more we interfere with animals the more we see outcomes of illness. With all the good will in the world we think we are helping our pets, and it can be the exact opposite. So use natural foods, natural veg, fruit. Even better if its organic. Give the dog eggs in the diet, shells, and keep a record of any reactions which have a common break out.
Wash your dogs fur down if you have been running it in crops where poisons could of been sprayed. Or try and keep away from spayed areas. I know this may all sound little bit OTT.But in the long run it will help keep your pet healthier. The air we breathe is sadly full of toxins from the house hold. We don't even think about it.
We recently had someone contact us to tell us they lost their Weimaraner aged 18. I could not believe it, and I was gob smacked. The dog had lived a very healthy lifestyle.
Their is a dog in Portugal called Bobby who is 30 years old. Dr Karen Becker and Dr Rodney JHabib are studying this doing to see why this could possibly be the oldest dog in the world. They found out it is the oldest dog in the world. The conclusions was diet, the dog ate from the gardens herbs, and healthy foods grown direct and food in season. Never flea treated or wormed, and never had a vaccine.
So lets just take a few moments to think do we want a dog that's unhealthy or healthy ?
Do not be bullied by those in a profession which clearly do not have the dogs best interests at heart. We live in a world where money propels us in our way of thought. This is sad.
But certainly keep antihistamine in your medical box. Use holistic antihistamine in dogs which are itchy, allergic and have food allergies. Don't forget Irish moss.
We have not had a Weimaraner litter for 8-9 years and when we had the opportunity to add back into team Silvestre a Weimaraner, we decided that we would after all those years have a litter at some point. Piper is the most chilled out loving Weimaraner you could wish for, unlike most Weimaraners ive come across in the last few years. Piper came into season and we have arranged to use a lovely boy with some super dogs in pedigree we have seen over the years and followed.
So I go on line and have a look at litters in the uk at the moment to get an idea of what people are doing and my heart sank........wtaf was more of my wording. I went to one advert, then another and then another and I realised that pet breeders have over taken the breeding of these majestic dogs and crossed them with dogs. We have so many so called Blue weimaraners in the pedigree. Weak boned looking dogs and not healthy looking in the adverts. What on earth has possessed people to put a cross breed in then call it pedigree dogs. I had heard rumblings over the years from club members about how the breed was ruined, and I honestly am quite upset to see such a wonderful breed ruined in front of our eyes.
The blue dog was a black Labrador put into the Weimaraner. The German clubs did DNA tests to check in case their was some fluke genetic colour and it wasn't. They announced this many years ago. But some how they got registered in the UK as NRC (Not recognised colour), and because of this the pedigrees are all muddled up. I mean come on folks, either declare them as a cross breed and youll still get the same money instead of ruining centuries of selective breeding in one fowl swoop. Its laziness not to find the right stud dog for your bitches. We knew 10 years ago that blue seemed to come through puppy mills in America which got imported to the UK. We also knew this colour and a high incident rate of Hip dysplasia and heart problems, which the Weimaraner didnt really have.
Their are always health problems in breeds of dogs, but now their was added in even more. The biggest killer of Weimaraners is cancer with out a doubt, their has been research into why this has happened in other breeds. You must follow the most holistic way of life to own a Weimaraner.
I do not intend on breeding lots of Weimaraner litters, but we would like Piper to have 1 litter with us. We have selectively chosen a male which has good blood lines with NO blue in it what so ever. Piper is being worm counted this week, and I shall follow a holistic rearing of the puppies. Your puppy won't have a better start. The puppies will be a lovely silver grey colouring like the parents.
Did you know that if a breeder kibble rears a puppy the higher chances of that puppy have allergies during its lifetime are high. But if they raw feed then your puppy has the best start in life possible. Don't take our word for it, as theirs enough scientific reading.
We will do our utmost to holistically rear your puppy for you and it will be given the best start with social skills. With the best blood lines you can hope for.
In the meanwhile I will not go and look at any more so called Weimaraner adverts as its too upsetting to see what's been done in these lovely dogs.
We always try and support our local open shows, because if we do not they will simply go.
We entered Willow, Roman and Maverick.
Willow was second in puppy
Roman was first in puppy, best puppy in breed, Group 4 and Crufts qualification
Maverick 1st in limit, Best of Breed.
Thank you to our judge Tanya Gardiner who thought so highly of our dogs.
To our owners yes password was altered again. Contact me for the password.
Ive just added a paper on lumps in health page. This was because recently someone went to the vets with a normal lump which all dogs have and the vet didn't know what it was. So Ive put a photo on showed you what it is, and what its called and the reason they have the lump.
Thankyou to Judge Sandra Marshall who was judging Bracco Italiano at last weekends show. We took two of our own dogs with us and handled also the brother.
Silvestre Golden Dragon was 3rd place and this is a crufts qualifying place. I was very proud of him.
Silvestre Sword of Destiny owned by Joshua was 3rd place which is a crufts qualifying place. Both brother and sister did very well. The ground was a little uneven and obvious cow pats on the floor which had dried which made my dogs want to run head down and they were little uneasy smelling the cattle which was previously on the field. Not sure I would choose this venue again but Ive not had this problem before. Three times I had too top the dogs rolling in a dried piece. !
Im having a break for a couple of months from championship shows now as we have puppies at that age which needs my constant attention. I do have two very local open shows coming up but Im five mins from the home and I have arranged for someone to be with pups whilst I go. Hopefully I can show Nancy in October.
I receive so many phone calls with questions about sizes of our Vizsla. Some people ring up wanting a large one, some people a small one. Like we can predict anything! Let me try and explain.
If you had a baby, could you predict the size of a fully grown adult? The answer is no you can not. My son was born at 5 LB 11 oz and is now 6FT. My daughter was born 6LB 6 oz and is now 5Ft 2. Neither darryl or I are those heights. So small baby got bigger than the larger baby.
Diet makes a difference yes, genetics yes.
Now with animals, over selective breeding for many generations and line breeding you will get something with in the standard height allowance. What is the standard? Well that's the size range of each dog is put into writing and when judging and showing, we look to dogs which fit the breed standard. So going to a show person you will get more of an idea on size than a pet dog mated to another pet dog with no knowledge on ancestors.
If you outcross all the time, you will get BIG, small, medium every day of the week. You can not predict sizes when you out cross as no similar ancestors. When I say big I mean ive seen some Great Dane sized dogs out there, and when I say small I mean slight of bone, weak and generally poor specimen of the breed. So they're is no type on size. In humans it is noted that with genes if you have tall people mating to only tall people you get tall. They're were even giants on the earth years ago. So genetics play a part.
Now all our dogs are with in breed standard range. Some dogs on photos are deceptive in looks as they can look big and they are not. I always tell puppy owners when you visit you will think how small the puppies look to the photos sent. This is because I zoom in, get right up close so you can see the puppies. A well bred puppy must have bone. The Vizsla will loose bone, and loose chest. So if you do not have these at 8 weeks you won't see them in an adult and in fact when it goes they will look quite poor specimens of the breed.
Castration or spaying can make a big difference to size also. If you take away the sex organs too young, the dog will not grow properly. It may develop long legs, one leg can be longer than other. It causes growth issues in dogs. It is very important to allow the dog to grow up first. A Bitch should have 2-3 seasons depending on how regular she is. A male must be around 3. Do it earlier and you can have behavioural issues, growth issues and poor health earlier than old age. Cancers which would be seen at 10 come forward to 5.
So I urge you to go to proper show homes or proper working or agility homes as all of us breed to the standard, and look for things which pet breeders don't think of. Size. ! Health! Temperament. !
I recently had some one try to tell me that one of my dogs is ideal and small. I explained that she was the largest girl I have here. But she is still under the top end of the range allowable for breed standard. They wanted smallest as possible. I found out they went in the end with another breeder, and to a dog that is out of breed standard height and its as big as my males if not bigger. You simply can not help some people with advice I have learnt. Lets hope they love the dog when it reaches the size of a donkey. You can not determine height from a photograph.
So rest assured our bloodlines here are correct with in the standard range. You cant guarantee the size, but when you breed selectively you have a good idea they will be with in the normal range required for the breed standard, and rarely would one be too big, or too small. The Vizsla is not a large dog, and it is a medium sized gun dog.
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I have just updated a file on histiocytoma and interdigital cysts.
Mrs Rachel Savage