I don't need a show dog, just a good family pet.
To make sure you are getting a vizsla that has a good temperament and that will make a good family pet we encourage families to base it on the quality of the pedigree and bloodline - this will be a dog you will have for 10 to 15 years so the more titles that are in the pedigree, the better pet you will have and the better the health and temperament will be...countless training hours and strong human - dog relationships are built when obtaining those initials in front of or behind those names listed on the pedigrees and those gentle and intelligent characteristics are passed on to the puppies. This is called a 'proven' bloodline. This 'proves' that the puppies will have a solid temperament, otherwise you are just taking someone's word for it - there is no 'proof'.
What should I look for in a breeder?
Please make sure your breeder is a member of the Vizsla Club of America. In order to be a member of the VCA you have to be recommended by other breeders and approved by the VCA board. Members adhere to a code of ethics which includes never selling puppies wholesale to pet shops, never breeding before health checks have been done to make sure the puppies will be free from at least hip dysplaysia, and at making a good faith effort to try to improve the breed. Also try to get a puppy from a loving home where the parents are part of the family, Vizslas do not make good "kennel dogs" where they are locked up in a kennel for most of their lives. A good breeder will also have periodic inspections by the AKC to make sure that their dogs are in a secure and safe environment.
With field titles in the bloodline won't the dog be out of control and just want to hunt
all the time?
NO! The whole point of hunt tests and field trials is to show that your dog listens and responds to you! These are very important characteristics to have in your home. It makes potty training and any other training MUCH easier.
Do you stand behind your breedings?
YES! All puppies are guaranteed in writing to be healthy and sold with a sales contract. It is in our best interest to do everything that we can to ensure our puppies are free from any genetic problems. Just like two healthy adult humans can have a child with down syndrome, nothing is always 100% guaranteed in life but we would make it right if something did arise by offering a replacement puppy.
How do I know which puppy out of a litter will be mine?
Generally we schedule pick ups in the order in which we receive the deposits but I would highly recommend that you choose a breeder who assists you in picking out your puppy or at least limits your selection. We have years of experience with the breed and can evaluate puppy personalities much better than a newcomer to the breed or even someone who has had one vizsla for years. We spend 8 weeks with the puppies, watching them grow and develop their own personalities and will know which pup is dominant, docile, bold, etc. As a first time owner, you definitely do not want the most dominant or the one hiding in the corner, you would most likely want a puppy with a medium energy level. If there are families interested in showing or hunting with the dogs, that is another consideration in making the right match. It is in our best interest to put the right puppies in the right homes. We have invested a lot of time, effort and money into our litters. Choosing the right breeder is far more important than choosing a particular pup from a litter. If you find the right breeder and the right litter, you'll get the right pup.
We don't live close enough to your kennel to drive, can we still get a puppy somehow?
YES! We have many, many happy families all over the country that love their Vizsla they got from us! Over the years there have been a lot of families that drive to the nearest "breeder" to look at a puppy and of course they aren't going to drive home empty handed as cute and fun as puppies are -- then they end up regretting it, wishing they would have purchased a puppy from a proven breeding with a quality pedigree rather than am impulse buy. It is in our best interest to put the right puppies in the right homes. We have invested a lot of time, effort and money into our litters. Choosing the right breeder is far more important than choosing a particular pup from a litter. If you find the right breeder and the right litter, you'll get the right pup.
Do you ship your puppies?
YES! Your puppy can be shipped to the nearest decent sized airport to your home. Shipping costs vary but usually run right at $300 by the time you get a ticket, taxes, fees, fuel surcharge, insurance and purchase the portable kennel for transport. Shipping is not hard on the puppies at all - usually they take off in the morning and arrive early afternoon in most parts of the U.S.
Are tails and declaws done?
YES! Tails are docked and declaws removed according to breed standards.
Do we receive anything in addition to our new puppy?
YES! Your puppy will be microchipped and you will be given the registration card that explains how to register your puppy so if they were ever lost or stolen they could easily be scanned by any shelter or vet. The day you come to pick up your puppy you will receive a binder full of helpful information on care and feeding, helpful training tips, and AKC registration packet. We will also send you home with some puppy food that you can use to make the transition to your new home a little smoother.
How do I reserve a puppy from a current or upcoming litter?
We have a sales contract that protects you, as a buyer, saying you are getting a healthy puppy from specified parents at an agreed price and you secure your place on the list with a $200 deposit that is applied to the overall agreed price (which varies depending on the breeding) All you have to do is contact us and we can email the sales contract for you to look over.
Are your dogs registered with the AKC? Yes, we usually have 4 or 5 Vizslas at any given time that are all exercised, played with, and of course spoiled every day and they are all registered with the AKC. We will have a litter of puppies occasionally and all puppies placed with familes will include AKC paperwork designated as Limited meaning they can still be registered with the AKC and compete in Obedience, Tracking, Field Trials, Hunting Tests, Herding, Lure Coursing, Agility and Earthdog events but cannot be used for breeding. See the following link for more information: http://www.akc.org/register/limited-registration
How much do your puppies cost?
Puppies that are sired by a show champion are $1,100. Puppies sired by non show champion male are $950. All you do is fill out the sales contract and mail it back to us along with a personal check (or paypal) for $200 to hold your spot on the waiting list. Final balance is due at the time you pick up your puppy or just prior to shipping. Sales tax will have to be added for any puppy picked up from our facility - it is Iowa State Law that we submit that to the Department of Revenue.