Below is a brief description of what we are doing as breeders and hope it gives you some insight as to our intentions for the improvement of the breed and the philosophies that drive it …...
Wingshot Kennel has been breeding Vizsla's for over 25 years and the accolades earned by puppies we’ve produced have been significant.
Over the years, in the bench dog (show) realm we have produced numerous pups that have earned titles up to and including Grand Champion. Though our focus has not been to produce dogs of what many would call show quality, through our endeavors to produce physical, athletic, conformationally correct dogs we have produced many dogs that have excelled in the conformation arena.
Our primary focus has always been to produce Vizsla's that excel in their “original” intended purpose. That purpose being to be an excellent hunting dog. In that effort we have continually tried to keep the best of the best field dog pedigrees flowing through our kennel. In viewing the pedigrees of our dogs you will see that numerous Hall of Fame dogs are present such as E.T. and Ruger as well as top producing dogs like Bandito, Post Route Scout, Burr Oaks Quarterback and Touchdown Guy.
In addition to keeping those high drive dogs foremost in our minds for breeding, we have also injected what we believe to be a separate but equally important aspect into our program and that is genetics from dogs that not only have displayed hunt drive but also versatility, intelligence and desire to become a loyal companion. A great example of this is Cazadors Nicholaus.
He has earned some forty odd titles and certificates over his lifetime and epitomizes what a representative of the breed should be and that is a “Versatile Vizsla”. By competing in many competitive arena’s and excelling in them all, he is what a Vizsla should be.
Here at Wingshot Kennel we take a little different approach to health testing than some other breeders. We have chosen to use local veterinary professionals to do the majority of our health testing. Whereas many breeders choose to use national organizations to get what they feel are better test results for potential orthopedic and eye testing. We have found that local professionals give us greater insight and better advice than OFA and CERF. An example of this is for hip evaluations. OFA (a recognized authority) examines a single (1) x-ray to give you a grade or evaluation of your dogs hips. The evaluation is done by a vet or a vet tech but the individual(s) level of training or area of specialty are unknown to us as consumers or customers. Correspondingly the local professional we use is a vet that specializes in orthopedics and is also a reproduction specialist who looks at a whole series of x-rays as opposed to a single x-ray.
The same scenario applies with eye evaluations. We have a relationship with our eye professional and trust those evaluations far more than an evaluation that someone unknown to us may issue.
Our practices may be somewhat outside the normal but we believe our dogs that we love benefit from these practices and that we produce healthy dogs as a result.
A puppy learns many important lessons through his experience of the world around him. His personality and social skills are beginning to form as he snuggles with his mom, wrestles with his littermates and is handled by the breeder every day. Exposure to many types of things and experiences is important to his becoming a well rounded puppy and adult. There are studies that show that a puppy's experiences in the first 3 months of his life will have an influence on what kind of adult he will be. And it is possible that not properly socializing your puppy during this early period may result in an adult dog that is less desirable. We start socializing all litters in a variety of ways and strongly encourage all puppy parents to continue the socialization so they end up with a well rounded adult dog , one to be proud of.
While in our care puppies are exposed to many things, some are listed below:
sounds, loud and soft, including TV & radio; touch, we hold them everyday in different positions, touching them all over (sometimes with just our hand other times with a soft object) including head, ears, nose, feet & toes; we sit on the floor so they can crawl up and over us; different surfaces, grass (leaves & sticks), wood, concrete, rocks, tile, carpet, bedding; toys both hard & soft, large and small, some roll, jingle or squeak; short set of steps up to the porch and a ramp into their house; taking food from our hand; foods that smell and taste differently from their regular kibble; getting a bath; wearing a collar; they are exposed to the sight and sound of other dogs and people of various ages; etc.