Gunfield Hungarian Vizslas

Breeding for Health, Temperament and Natural Ability

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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 and 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

Raised CK levels


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.

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




VIP and the Gunfield Kennel

At the Gunfield kennel we are proud to be upfront and  honest about health issues so here is the information we have regarding dogs of our breeding this info is correct to the best of our knowledge and was last updated on 17/07/2019

Thankfully the cases of VIP in our lines are very rare, to the best of our knowledge we ourselves have only bred one dog with confirmed VIP (Gunfield Golden Flames DOB  09/11/2013) in 397 puppies bred over a 20 year period.

In addition to our own homebred puppies there have been a total of three further cases produced by dogs we stood at stud again this is during a 20 year period.

Berci produced 291 offspring one was  affected

Nador produced 184 offspring one was affected 

Joska produced 347 offspring one was affected

 We will continue to follow the advise of the Animal health trust in regard to breeding policy and to minimise inbreeding to reduce the risk.