Club of America Coe of Ethics
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."
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
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.
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.
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 Vizsla Standard.
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 dysplasia.
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.
~ VCA members shall:
+ 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 breeding
+ 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
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 Orthopedic
Foundation of Animals, 2300 Nifong Boulevard, Columbia Missouri
65201-3826. FMI: 573/442.0418.
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.
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.
requirement includes any and all dogs mentioned in the ad including
but not limited to: sires, dams, siblings and pedigrees.
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.
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.
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.
Dogs mentioned in news articles, editorial material, local or
national club reports.
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 lifted.
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.
The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions
of the website coordinator, the Vizsla Club of America, its officers,
directors or members.
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 their purpose.
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.
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 derived.