Many thanks to all the new enquiries lately. I am trying to get through them all. I wish I could help everyone but sadly we do not have the amount of puppies to the sheer volumes of enquires.
We have made a big decision over the last few days, after speaking to friends with Hungarian Vizsla. It appears all over the UK lots of people struggle with owning a Vizsla if they have younger children. You will all think you do not fall into that category, but it is a fact. We are not quite sure why, because as a family we had dogs and young children, my family have young children and dogs, but we don’t understand why people cant cope. Forums on facebook for so many breeds of dogs I’m reading how people cant even cope, down to the cockerpoo! The amount of chichuauas bite the faces of their owners is ridiculous. Is it just because facebook is there that people are asking too many questions? We never had facebook back in the day, we never rang breeders asking for advice. We got on with it. So why is everything so different these days ?
We are not sure if this is just the age we live in where children are demanding needing to go to lots of clubs and social events, and the dog gets pushed to the back, or if children are not respecting dogs boundaries. For example when I was a kid and I’m 51 if my father said to me, leave the dog alone, I did. I wouldn’t of dared pinched, pulled, grabbed, hugged a dog. Dogs were dogs you left them alone. In fact many people kept dogs in the yard, and they weren’t in houses. Today the term “FURBABY” has been born, and people keep using this term and thinking the dogs are kids. They aren't children. Dogs need routine like children yes, but they need boundaries. They need structured training early on to become that good dog. The more you cuddle a dog, and dont give it commands, the more the dog is confused, and can become dominant.
Children are hugging dogs thinking they are loving the dog, but it is alien to the dog. Images of children doing this on facebook and dogs eyes are wide and black which means they are in distress. I even saw a friend of mine her grandchildren cuddling a dog on the sofa, and I could see by the photo how scared the dog was. Dogs do not think in the same way a human does. We think its affection, dogs do not understand that kind of affection. Dogs which yawn widely and make a noise is distress, a dog panting is distressed. If a dog is asleep you leave it asleep. Do you remember the saying “ LET SLEEPING DOGS LAY?”, well that is an old saying, because if you startle a dog whilst its asleep it will react.
The Vizsla is a sensitive breed which if frightened will react. Where as a Pug just wouldn’t do this. The Hungarian Vizsla is a breed of dog which must go to dog training classes. Neglect them at your own peril. You can train a dog in your back yard of course, but it doesnt teach the dog manners away from the home. A dog trained in a distracted enviroment will be a better dog in the end day. It wont run off across the park and Knick someone’s sandwich if he has been trained good recall early on in a training class. The one on one trainers are happy to come to your home but it is not ideal for a Vizsla. They must start in classes. We recommend The Kennel club good citizen scheme, you will start with puppy foundation course, then bronze, silver and gold.
Obviously I speak to breeders all over the UK, and each one is saying how they are noticing problems with dogs and young children. So I am making a brave step which wont be popular. If you come to me and you want a Pug any age group will be considered, as they are great family dogs, ideal with younger children. I do not breed Bracco Italiano but I understand they are fabulous with children of all ages.
The Vizsla we are going to put an age group of 8. So if you own a child under 8 we will not sell you a puppy. We have already committed to couples with children on Brooklyns litter. We will uphold this waiting list. But anyone under 8 for Leya’s litter or any subsequent litter I am very sorry but we are now saying no. I am having trust in those people I have spoken too. I really hope they have listened to what I’ve had to say to them. As this will be a test now for the future for us selling dogs.
I do think in general people are not looking at the history of why dogs are bred, how they came about. I had lunch today, a socially distanced lunch in the garden with some show friends. We talk about nothing but dogs. We were talking about our hunting breeds. How different they all are. My very good friend said she felt Weimaraners were by far easier dogs than a Vizsla. Having owned Weimaraners myself I can see clearly the differences in the breed. We talked about how dogs hunt, and how methodical the Bracco is, compared to the Vizsla who goes at such speed they often miss scent and end up coming back. My other friend felt the wire vizsla was much easier than the short Vizsla. What they all have in common is they are hunting breeds of dogs which have higher energy than toy breeds of dog. The Weimaraner is more tolerant of children than a Vizsla we decided. But the Weimaraner is a garbage can and will eat any object. A Vizsla is not so much a chewer. I could go into the differences for ages. For me I felt the Weimaraner was too hard a breed to show, and thats why I stopped having them. I have fibromyalgia and I showed the dogs, and my body felt battered when I came out of the ring showing a Weimaraner as the dog I had pushed, pulled, and the sheer size of them was too much for my body. The Vizsla is smaller, easier to show so for me I changed to the Vizsla. But I love the Weimaraner still very much. I am a great lover of the HPR breeds in general. Talking of chewing dogs, Ive seen a billion posts on Cockerpoo destroying the houses they live in, and owners in utter despair. Well guess what! They are gundogs. Poodles were duck hunters bred in France, bred to go in cold water. The hair was trimmed in strange shapes to protect the vital organs whilst brining ducks out of cold water. The Cocker spaniel is a flushing breed, so busy in the undergrowth working to flush out wood cock. So when looking for a breed of dog look at why they are bred please. The first dog I ever brought was a cavalier King Charles spaniel at the age of 16. They were bred to be foot warmers in King Charles court. They are brilliant with children and make loving family dogs as they are bred to be with people. The Pug can hear a leaf drop because they were bred to be guards in the emperors palace, and although not a large physical dog, they hear a leaf drop and can alert you to strangers outside. It is totally fascinating the more you learn about dog breeds.
What a lot of people forget also is, Silvestre show dogs is not just me, Darryl has the final say on who gets a puppy and who does not. If I have concerns I run it by him, and he will say no.
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