Gunfield Hungarian Vizslas

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Puppy buying do's and don'ts


Do your research Into the breed before considering ownership

Whilst a magnificent looking animal they are not suitable for everybody they are a very high energy level and a very high intelligence level they are originally bred as a hunting dog and those characteristics are hardwired in their genes even today whilst you don’t have to hunt with one you do have to provide mental stimulation to ensure they do not become bored and destructive.

Whilst being an affectionate loving breed their exuberant tendencies can cause issues with small children.

Allow yourself plenty of time breeders have waiting lists of up to 18 months 

Ensure your puppy is bred from Kennel club registered parents and that the puppy itself will be registered with the Kennel Club.

KC registration is important even if your looking for just a pet there  are few reasons a breeder may not register puppies with the Kennel club none of which are positive-

  • One or both the parents are not purebred
  • The breeder of the parents placed a Kennel Club breeding endorsement and they deem the dog not to be fit for breeding in health, construction or temperament or they do not have faith in the owners breeding ethics or capability.
  • The mother is too young or old
  • The mother has had more than four litters previously
  • The pairing is between close relatives such as mother/son, father/daughter or siblings.

Check Inbreeding COI of the puppy

A breeder should be able to tell you the COI of any planned litter, COI means Coefficient of Inbreeding this is how the level of inbreeding is determined.
In the Hungarian Vizsla  a breed which is known to be affected on occasions by Autoimmune problems it is prefereable for breeders to breed around the breed average which at the time of publishing (08/08/2019) was 4.7%
Inbreeding should never exceed 12.5%  and close relative mating shouldnt be performed.
You can check inbreeding of a pairing on
The Kennel Clubs Mate Select Page


Check the parents or of an appropriate age and have not been overbred

A female dog should be at least two years of age before she whelps her  first litter of puppies , she should breed no more than four litters  in her lifetime and she should always have 12 months clear to recover between litters this is the recommendation of the UK kennel club.

A male dog does not have the stress put on his body during the reproductive process he should however be old enough to have been fully health tested as hip/elbow  testing cannot be done until he is 12 months of age he would need to be over that.

There is no upper age limit for a male dog


Check health test results of the parents.

As a minimum both parents should be hip scored, the current breed average is 12 and scores should be below or around this average , if higher further research should have been carried out into ancestry taking into considerations scores of grandparents , parents ,siblings and progeny.
You can read more about hip scoring

At least one parent should be tested clear for cerebellar ataxia, ataxia is a condition that is fatal to affected dogs and is easily prevented by ensuring both parents do not carry the recessive gene and therefore produce an affected dog it involves a very simple cheek swab sent for DNA analysis at the animal health trust.

There have been incidents of glaucoma and from January 2020 the Vizsla was recommended for eye screening against glaucoma acceptable results for breeding are grades 0, 1 and 2

Covid 19 has meant delays in some breeders being able to complete eye tests.

 There can be problems with  eyelids such as entropion and  ectropion  be sure to discuss these things with the breeder and ask if they have had any incidents of this affecting their line.

It is advisable that at least one parent is also tested clear of the long-haired  gene, The long-haired gene should not be confused with wirehaired Hungarian  as they are a separate breed.

Long  haired is a recessive gene going back to times of old, The exact source of it is not known there are varying theories including where setters were introduced to the gene pool many many years ago.

Although not a health condition it would involve an affected  puppy Having a coat that is incorrect for the breed the coat is more like that of a setter or spaniel 


Discuss socialisation and how the puppy will reared.

This can always be an emotive subject with nearly every breeder having different views on how it should be done.

The prime consideration is that the person rearing  your puppy has put thought into how they will be socialising your puppy before it goes to you.

Where the puppy actually sleeps is quite irrelevant,  I’ve known puppies who have been kept in peoples homes in back rooms that have the worst socialisation I’ve ever seen compared to those have been reared in a kennel whose breeders  have put the work in and they are correctly socialised so it’s not about location it’s about socialisation.

Breeders should be handling puppies daily and following a program of socialisation such as the puppy plan which can be seen here.

Diet is also an important part of rearing Puppy should be fed a high-quality diet appropriate for their breed and age.

Puppy should also receive a parasite control program to combat things such as intestinal worms and fleas

I would expect a puppy to have been wormed at least three times prior to homing and to be treated  against  fleas if appropriate.

Ensure a puppy is the correct age for homing

The ideal age for homing age  is around 8 weeks old

We’ve heard of cases where puppies  have been  rehomed  as young as six weeks of age this is completely unacceptable, Puppies of six weeks are age have not yet learnt correct bite inhibition nor are they completely digestive stable after weaning.


 Expect to pay a reasonable amount for a puppy

Generally breeders don't breed for money if they wanted to just earn money  the Vizsla would be a bad choice of breed  they are expensive  and physically demanding to rear correctly and they command a small price compared to fancy coloured bull dogs or designer cross breeds which sell for thousands of pounds.

The costs are high for rearing a litter properly but most of  the cost of the puppy you are purchasing  comes from  years of planning and 10 weeks of 24/7 care, we worked out that the average Vizsla breeder earns the equivalent of around  an £1 hour for those 10 weeks, they are un paid for the rest of the year!

As you see there isn't  much of a margin to cut costs so if you're getting a cheap puppy something has been compromised along the way.

At the time of writing  (October 2020)  the average cost of a well bred KC registered puppy from a reputable breeder has increased to around £2500 -£3000 with regional variations and dependant on the package given the increase is due to demand and Covid 19 changing people lifestyles with more people working from home.

I have read on various FB groups where people are making comparisons to prices last year and saying you shouldn't pay more , what you pay is a personal choice if you feel prices are too high you may wish to consider a rescue or wait a couple of years to see if prices reduce when Covid has gone.
What ever you do don't compromise on health, ethics or quality to save money.

Please also read the dont's section as regards paying over the odds for  a puppy.






Send standard requests to multiple breeders.

If ever you want to not be taken seriously by breeders the way to go about it is to send multiple emails to breeders that all read the same.

The Hungarian Vizsla breeding community in the UK is quite close knit,  breeders talk to each other and will from time to time discuss potential owners and if the same enquirers  name comes up over and over again people will just be discounted.

Breeders  only want to sell their puppies to people they think are dedicated to their puppies welfare and having the right puppy from the right breeder  asking multiple people at the same time for a  puppy does not demonstrate that.

You should begin by contacting one breeder  at a time making your email or completed enquiry form appropriate to yourself and that breeder giving as much information as possible.

You should complete all dealings with the first breeder before contacting a second so if you have arranged the meeting you should attend that prior to contacting other breeders.


Never visit multiple breeders on one day

You could potentially spread life-threatening disease from breeders premises to breeders premises,These diseases that are fatal to puppies are not always obvious to the naked eye.


Never buy a puppy because you feel sorry for it.

Buying that puppy gets the seller the income they required and a new puppy will Soon be filling  its place.

If you have genuine welfare concerns about the condition of the puppy have seen you should report them to the RSPCA.


Never collect a puppy from a location other than the breeders premises.

It is very important that you actually see where your puppy has come from it is not considered good practice for breeders to meet people in service stations or even at dog shows with puppies.


Dont use social media to ask quesions about a litter

You should be asking the breeder not strangers on facebook , facebook is full of self proclaimed experts  all of which will have their own breeder to recommend or people they dislike.
If you are communicating with a breeder and they can not or are unwilling to answer questions in a reasonable time frame  then you should be cautious.


Never presume one sales outlet is safer than another

Everywhere we go we have people telling us where we should buy a puppy.
The bottom line is the Kennel club, The breed clubs or any other club or sales outlet can only police things in retrospect.
It is down to you to vet the breeder regardless of where you found them and if you find misdemeanours please do report them to save another not so diligent person being duped.

Free adds do attract the less reputable breeders but they are also good ones too.
Do ask to visit and don’t part with any money until you are absolutely sure all your questions have been answered .


Do not get duped into paying lots of money

During the Covid 19 time we have seen puppies become the new toilet roll with people panic buying and being duped into paying high amounts.

During the August - October we have seen some prime examples of this.

NON KC registered puppies that normally sell for £800 being sold at £2500

KC registered puppies from non health tested parents that normally sell for £1000 being sold at £3000

KC registered puppies  from  basic health tested parents which normally sell at between £1600-£2000 being sold at £4000 or worse still by sealed bids.

Price does not equate to high quality in fact the high price is likely to indicate a breeder whose primary interest is profit .