Gunfield Hungarian Vizslas

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Autoimmune conditions are present in many breeds of dog the Vizsla is not exempt from them
The Vizsla as a breed is considered disposed to VIP .

Typical onset is usually is around 9 months to two years of age but it can affect dogs of any age.

 frequently there is an acute episode of retching, gagging, choking, dysphagia and hyper salivation.

Symptoms include-


difficulty swallowing food and water

muscle wastage around the skull

Inability to open the mouth correctly

Research is being carried out and you can view more details on this condition here

To date the exact cause has not been proven , it is believed to be an autoimmune disorder due its response to treatment.

Be aware but don't panic

There is no doubt that this condition is terrible for affected dogs and their owners but It is still thankfully  not endemic
Unfortunately there are very few accurate published statistics for the number of cases reported and there will of course be a significant number of cases that have not been included  on the list as the owners don't wish them to be included or they don't meet the criteria or are mis-diagnosed and as many cases were pre social media many will have gone un detected.
 So we can only comment on what is available to view by the general public.

At the date of this article there were around 100 published pedigrees of affected dogs going back to dogs born in 1991  -source


VIP and Breeding

  • Breeders should never breed from physically affected dogs under any circumstance, this applies to dogs that have been treated and recovered as well.
  •  Inbreeding needs to be low never over 12.5% and the lower the better.
  • Pairings that produce an affected offspring should not be repeated.
  • If breeding from a dog or bitch that has produced VIP care should be taken to look at pedigrees of future mates and avoid immediate relatives with VIP.
  • If a dog or bitch produces VIP to more than one mating partner of unrelated lineage they should be discounted from breeding.

The Kennel club gives advise on breeding with health conditions that cannot be tested for such as VIP it can be read here.

The Animal Health Trust   have also given some advice to breeders that physically affected dogs should not be bred from and breeders should not repeat mating’s that produced an affected offspring.

VIP and the Gunfield Kennel

We are are upfront and honest about health issues and constantly acting to reduce risk involved from all health issue

This info is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing.

We ourselves have bred one dog with clinically confirmed  VIP Gunfield Golden Flames DOB  09/11/2003 who was diagnosed in late life around 8 years of age

We have been made a further potential case which is under investigation HG Chestnut DOB 07/05/2016.

I will point out that there may well be dogs of our breeding that we do not know about  as owners have no notified us and we would encourage any owner who thinks they may have a problem with any health issue in their dog to make contact with us.

In addition to our own homebred puppies there have been a total of three confirmed cases produced by other breeders who have used a dog who has been at stud in our breeding program again this is during a 21 year period and based purely upon published data at this time.

Berci produced 291 offspring sadly one was affected, Berci is now deceased cause of death Cancer in old age.

Nador produced 184 offspring sadly one was affected, a second  dog is undergoing testing for immune mediated  issues , Nador was retired from stud in 2017  but remains fit and well and unaffected himself.

Joska produced 347 offspring sadly one was affected Joska is now deceased cause of death Cancer in old age. 

We will continue to follow the advice of the animal health trust and the UK Kennel Club meaning

  • We will not breed from a dog that is currently or ever has been physically affected with VIP  or any other immune mediated illness itself at the time of breeding.
  •  If a pairing produces a case of VIP that pairing will not be repeated.
  • If a dog or bitch produces more than the one confirmed case of VIP to unrelated breeding partner they will be removed from breeding.


A list of confirmed cases from all breeders can be found at

When viewing the pedigrees listed please remember the date of birth of the dogs shown is not the date of diagnoses breeders may or may not have removed dogs from breeding by the time  subsequent cases were diagnosed.

There will also be other cases that do not appear listed here due to their owners not wishing to participate.