Respect for the Vizsla
The vizsla is a distinctively
different canine. It is a superior family dog as well as a true
hunting companion, accepting the role of protector and friend
and demanding the degree of respect and rank that distinguishes
it clearly higher than that of a "dog."
After surviving countless
wars and centuries of limited and selective breeding, the vizsla
was re-bred from near extinction and combines the finest in
beauty, character and hunting ability with a strong desire to
please. He is lightweight and agile, running with effortless
grace. Respect for this heritage demands that the breed should
never be allowed to become less than the dog that still
represents the National Dog of Hungary - a true "walking
gentleman's shooting dog." The vizsla should remain true to
type whether in the show ring, field or at home with the family,
representing all physical characteristics which have
distinguished him for centuries.
Membership of vizsla owners, breeders, and fanciers in the
Vizsla Club of America (VCA) is needed to secure a group of
truly dedicated people committed to maintaining the breed and
assuring its proper management here in America. The vizsla
deserves only good owners, trainers, and judges so that future
generations may also enjoy the noble characteristics of this
classy sporting dog.
The CODE OF ETHICS
for breeders and owners of the vizsla was accepted by the VCA
Board of Directors and the general membership on October 24,
1992; then expanded November 2005 by VCA BOD and approvedby
the VCA Membership in October 2006.
CODE OF ETHICS
VCA members shall always conduct themselves in a manner which
will reflect credit upon themselves, their vizslas and the sport
of purebred dogs, regardless of the location or circumstance;
protect and advance the development of the vizsla through
continued improvement of soundness, stable temperament, natural
hunting ability and conformation as set forth in the official
VCA members shall maintain the best possible standard of canine
health, cleanliness and veterinary care in an atmosphere
conducive to the stable development of their dogs.
VCA members shall breed only with the intention of improving the
breed by breeding only those vizslas who conform to the standard
as recognized by the American Kennel Club and who exhibit
soundness, stable temperament and natural hunting ability.
Further, VCA members shall breed only those dogs who have a
DNA number and are free of serious hereditary defects (including
epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, Von Willebrands,
entropian and cranial muscular atrophy), and are over two years
of age and have been x-rayed and OFA-certified as free from hip
VCA members must exhibit a
commitment to vizslas they have bred and sold by supporting
rescue through involvement with any vizsla placed in rescue,
produced by either dog or bitch that is member-owned or
co-owned. Support may include but is not limited to financial,
fostering and/or re-homing.
+ not breed, sell, consign puppies or adult dogs to pet shops or
other commercial ventures such as lotteries or raffles
+ honestly evaluate the quality of the vizsla sold, fairly
represent that evaluation and urge puppy purchasers to spay or
neuter all pets which for any reason will not be used for
+ not release puppies under seven weeks of age
+ furnish details on feeding, care, inoculations, pedigrees and
written sales agreements
+ sell any puppy which will not be used for breeding on Limited
Registration from AKC
+ screen all prospective buyers to assure that puppies have safe
and loving homes
+ supply assistance and support to puppy buyers for the life of
+ encourage owners to become involved in vizsla activities, the
Vizsla Club of America and
regional vizsla clubs
The breed's parent
club, the Vizsla Club of America (VCA), in recognizing its
responsibility in protecting the breed, has also adopted the
The Officers and the Board of Directors of the Vizsla Club of
America, Inc., in cognizance of the respective responsibilities
to protect the breed and foster its development, do hereby
condemn cross-breeding of pure bred vizslas and falsification of
registration documents. All persons following the vizsla
fancy are enjoined to subscribe to this ethic in the best
interest of the breed.
The Vizsla Club of America has resolved that all breeding stock
is to be radiographed and that only those animals certified free
of hip dysplasia are to be used for breeding purposes.
Prospective breeders and puppy buyers are urged to inquire as to
the OFA certification of both the sire and the dam prior to
purchase. Breeders in the Stud Dog Listing/Breeders
Directory must be VCA members. Instructions for OFA
diagnosis may be obtained for a fee, from the
Foundation of Animals,
2300 Nifong Boulevard, Columbia Missouri 65201-3826. FMI:
In keeping with this resolution, The Vizsla Club of America will
not accept any ads, for any of its print or electronic
communications or website, for any living, intact dog over the
age of 24 months, or for any living, intact bitch over the age
of 26 months without an OFA number.
For the purposes of these requirements, the advertising deadline
date for the publication (print or electronic or website) in
which the dog is to appear controls the question of the age.
This requirement includes any and all dogs mentioned in the ad
including but not limited to: sires, dams, siblings and
Ads in any VCA print or electronic publication or website for
any dog or bitch under these specified ages, must include the
young dog's date of birth, his/her sire's and dam's names, and
their OFA numbers issued at the time of breeding.
Regarding ads for puppy litters: the sire and dam must have had
OFA numbers at the time of breeding and those OFA numbers must
be included in the ad.
Regarding ads where frozen semen was used to produce a litter,
or if a stud dog is advertising frozen semen availability, OFA
numbers are required on all dogs.
Exceptions Dogs mentioned in news articles, editorial
material, local or national club reports.
The VCA recognizes that breeders may want to congratulate a dog
he/she bred who has accomplished something special, but who has
no OFA numbers nor any intention of being used as breeding
stock. Breeders are encouraged to reinforce with their puppy
buyers the importance of having these animals spayed or
neutered. Once spayed or neutered, the OFA requirement is
The Officers and Board of Directors of the Vizsla Club of
America, in cognizance of the respective responsibilities to
protect the breed and foster its development, do hereby condemn
the breeding of dogs with serious genetic defects including:
epilepsy, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), Von Willebrand's
Disease, entropian and cranial muscular atrophy.
Disclaimers The opinions expressed herein do not
necessarily reflect the opinions of the website coordinator, the
Vizsla Club of America, its officers, directors or members.
Dogs and kennels advertised in the Stud Dog Listing/Breeders
Directory or elsewhere do not constitute an endorsement by
the Vizsla Club of America. Persons using this directory must
decide for themselves which dog breeder is most suitable for
The Vizsla Club of America will have no responsibility or
liability for any claim arising in connection with any alleged
or actual violation of the VCA's Code of Ethics by advertisers
in any VCA print or electronic publication or by other members
of the VCA.
Though the VCA may publish registration numbers, ratings,
listings, gradings or other identifying information provided by
various other organizations, the VCA takes no responsibility for
either their accuracy or the method from which they were