TCVC strongly recommends that breeders and buyers verify passing OFA ratings at www.offa.org. Under the Code of Ethics of the Twin Cities Vizsla Club and the Vizsla Club of America, dogs used for breeding must be at least two years old and have been x-rayed and OFA-certified as free from hip dysplasia. In addition to hip certifications, the OFA database also provides test results for other health concerns including thyroid, eyes, heart and elbows. For more detailed information about health clearances, please click here.
SUGGESTED READING ABOUT VIZSLAS
Versatile Vizsla by Marion Coffman. (Alpine Publications, 1992; revised edition, 2004)
Breed characteristics and history; thorough discussion of breed standard; care and training; explanation of shows, obedience trials, field trials, hunting tests; photos. Available at some pet supply retailers, or by catalog order; some public libraries have a copy.
The Vizsla by B.C. Boggs. (Behi Publishing, 2000)
Training, care, history, lots of photos. Available from some mail-order dog supply companies. Note: Revised edition 2000, available from Behi Publishing Co. or Dogs Unlimited (see below).
The Complete Vizsla by Gay Gottlieb. (Howell Book House, 1992)
British author. Available by catalog order; some pet supply retailers may have in stock.
How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With by Rutherford and Neill. (Alpine Publications, 1992)
Puppy development and care; breeders’ responsibilities; training information; preventing and solving problems.
Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog by Carol Lea Benjamin. (Howell Book House, 1985)
Practical, matter-of-fact information about raising and training a dog; preventing problems; communicating with your dog.
The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete. (Little, Brown & Co., 1991)
Philosophy mixed with practical information on puppy development, care and training.
Your Vizsla by John Strauz and Joseph Cunningham. (Denlinger Publishing, 1973)
History, breed characteristics. Now out of print but may be available from some sources.
How to Raise and Train a Vizsla by Ernest H. Hart. (T.F.H. Publications, 1968)
Paperback, may be available at vendors’ booths at dog shows.
Vizslas by Ernest H. Hart. (T.F.H. Publications, 1990)
History, care, training, photos. Now out of print but may be available from some sources.
“Sirius Puppy Training” with Ian Dunbar.
Gentle, positive training methods for teaching good manners to puppies. Available at many public libraries, or by mail order; possibly available at some pet supply retailers. Companion book How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks.
Possible sources: Dogwise, 800-776-2665, www.dogwise.com
Alpine Publications, 800-777-7257
Dogs Unlimited, 800-338-3647, www.dogsunlimited.com
Foster & Smith, 800-826-7206, www.drsfostersmith.com
KV Vet Supply, 800-423-8211, www. KVVet.com