Welcome to the web site of...Blackbullet Vizslas -
Pictured above is our Remmie -
Am/Can Ch. Legacy's Leaps and Bounds bred by Legacy Vizslas in Pennsylvania. An outstanding dog with a deep love and understanding of other dogs of all ages, Remmie proved to be a wonderful addition to our home and to our breeding program. As of 2012, we are enjoying his endearing and excellent attibutes in his great grand pups.
We are not breeding dogs any more but we are remaining active in our Vizsla breed. This website remains active for your information and enjoyment and for those needing rescue assistance. We are also always available for our puppy owners.
Please.....Never buy a Vizsla from a puppy for
sale web site! No good breeder uses Kijiji
and other puppy for sale sites to find homes
for their dogs!
For a good breeder, each puppy is a lifetime
commitment of breeder and owner.
This commitment also means they support our breed and the characteristics of the breed by breeding from those dogs who come from long lines of dogs who are proven to represent the breed well, are health tested and have great temperament . They have test results on the OFA web site for all to see. They will have been shown and may have show titles and will have field work and titles.
They select CKC/AKC registered, health tested sire and dam . They very carefully raise each litter in their home and work to build confidence in each puppy first by early bio-neurological stimulation and then by socialization with humans and dogs.
Then they support each puppy by very carefully selecting their placement homes and working to ensure the best possible life for each dog. They place each puppy first as a lifetime companion and then, as meets the needs of the family, to enjoy hunting, and in show, performance and field events too. Good breeders continue to support and mentor each family for the lifetime of their companion.
A very important bases of selecting a breeder for your Vizsla puppy is that well bred Vizslas are the best companion dogs, the healthiest companions and have the ongoing support of their breeders. Saying 'oh we only want a companion' overlooks that to be a good companion the Vizsla must be well bred, well raised and you and your dog must have your breeder's support throughout the life of your dog!
Well bred companion dogs come from dogs who have been health tested for hips, elbows, eyes and thyroid levels and who have those results posted on the OFA web site. If they do not have most of those, do not buy from them!
Well bred companion dogs come from lines of dogs who also have been health tested! Those results will be on OFA also.
Well bred companion dogs come from good breeders who test their dogs in the show rings and in the field and the majority of their ancestors will aso have titles in AKC, Canadian Kennel Club and/or NAVHDA.
There are lots of well bred Vizslas from good breeders available. Please do not support those breeders who refuse to do the best for their dogs and their breed but want you to buy their puppies!
Possible breeders to consider can be found on the Vizsla Canada website and on the Vizsla Society of Ontario website. You might also try Kizmar and Tierah vizslas as they are outstanding breeders of Vizslas. Please ask lots of questions of any breeder you are considering.
There are NO recommended breeders in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or Alberta as of May 2015.
Dog Safety in a Vehicle
Dogs should ride in crates in vehicles or in a back seat secured in a car safety harness
Your lap is the most dangerous place in your vehicle for your pet to be while you’re driving. Dogs should ride in crates in vehicles or in a back seat secured in a car safety harness.
A pet should not even be in the front seat during a car ride, let alone your lap. Not only is it highly insecure and unsafe for your pet, but it serves a great distraction and physical obstacle for drivers. When the air bag is turned off, the passenger seat becomes a suicide seat..that is why air bags were first introduced for the passenger seat area.
• Safely secure your pet while travelling. An unrestrained pet can become a deadly projectile in the event of a sudden stop or crash, causing serious injury (even death) to passengers and your pet.
• Dogs should be restrained with a kennel or caged section of the vehicle where the dog cannot access the driver’s seat area. Smaller dogs can be secured in pet car seats, which allow them to also see out, while being properly restrained.
• Never attach a restraining device to the pet's collar; instead, use a harness to prevent injury.
• Do not allow your pet to ride with its head outside of the window. An obstacle close to the vehicle could potentially strike your pet's head, causing injury or death, or dirt particles could get into your pet's ears, nose, eyes, or throat, causing health problems.
• For long trips, it's a good idea to stop every couple of hours for your pet and you to stretch and walk around. Be sure to have your pet's leash handy so your pet doesn't run away in unfamiliar surroundings. Please plan routine stops for rest areas or other locations such as restaurants and gas stations. Do not stop on the shoulder of the free-way which is reserved for emergencies.
We have been training and exhibiting a wide variety of breeds since 1989. Our first purebred Dalmatian joined our family in 1990 and our first Labrador Retriever in 1991. We started our own breeding program in 1993 although we raised our first litter in 1992 for the breeder of our first Dalmatian.
We bought our first Vizsla in 1997 and bred our first litter in 2004 once we had enough experience in the breed to make good choices in breeding dogs and in placement homes for this breed. Since we bred our last Dalmatian litter in 1999, we have bred only Vizslas.
We have had Canadian Kennel Club top show dogs in Dalmatians and Vizslas - number one female Dal in Canada in 1997 ( Diva) and number three Vizsla in Canada in 1998, number four in 1999 (Rex), number one female Vizsla in Canada in 2005 (Jewel) and number 5 overall in 2012, number 4 overall in 2013 ( Sydney), in the Canadian Kennel Club point system.
We are members in good standing with the Canadian Kennel Club, North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association Wild Rose chapter and Vizsla Canada and are a Vizsla Canada referred breeder. We breed to the Canadian Kennel Club Vizsla breed standard.
Our home bred, third generation Vizsla, GrCh. Blackbullet's Waltzing Matilda, (Sydney) NAVHDA NA had a great weekend October 2012 winning Group 4th and then Group 1st place in one weekend. She was breeder/owner handled all the way from the Bred by Exhibitor class. Previously she won a puppy group and a group 4th as a puppy. With only a few shows in 2013 to date, she has also won 2 group 2nds and a group 3rd place and in early June 2013, she added another group 4th to her wins. She entered the ring two days in August, taking the breed both days and making the cut 1 day. In late October she again entered the show ring and came away with a group 4th place and a cut in the group the remaining 2 days she showed. Sydney was number 4 Vizsla in Canada in 2013, breeder/owner handled, never defeated in the breed since 2011.
She started back in the ring in March 2014, taking the breed all 3 days shown, and bringing home a group 2nd. In April she entered the show ring again and took home a group 1 and completed her Grand Championship title. She remains undefeated in the breed since she was a puppy in 2011.
We will not be breeding our dogs again. We hope that the information here will help you select your Vizsla a responsible breeder rather than from those who advertise pups for sale on web sites dedicated to pushing puppies or on websites designed to make a business of producing and selling dogs. Take the time to find the best breeder of your family companion!
Food and Vaccinations
Select your puppy from dogs that are healthy enough to be vaccinated and contribute to the over all health of dogs in our community. Select breeders who have the education to understand the importance of vaccinating their dogs. We do not recommend any breeder who does not vaccinate their dogs.
We recommend complete and balanced kibble diets available from most dog food stores. Our dogs have lived long, healthy, active lives on food suited to their age, activity and breed. Look for a breeder with the knowledge and education to make educated choices of the best food for dogs.
As of October 2012, the AVMA voted 90% to continue to support a policy against the feeding of raw meat, eggs and milk to dogs and cats. While some people still insist they know more than their vets, they never tell us how they have such great insight!
We understand the education, training and ongoing education that most vets utilize and their ability to make the best choices for the safest and best diets for dogs. Of course when they support and understand the nutritional needs of dogs and the available kibble foods, they will support that food choice and support that food industry in general. It does not mean that vets as so simple minded as to bought by dog food companies! If you really think so little of your vet's knowledge, get another vet, please.
We do not place our dogs into homes where the owners want to feed a raw or homemade diet.
What is a Vizsla?
It is a very active breed that is smart and very sensitive and does best with positive reward based training and lots of patience.
It loves to run and jump, twist and turn, play games..and then when well exercised, loves to cuddle. It is a dog that builds a very tight family bond and loves to be with its family members. It needs lots of socialization. In general it gets along very well with other dogs .
It is a great companion and outstanding versatile , biddable, hunting dog.
What is the History of the Breed?
How does that affect the best ways to train it?
In Canada and the USA, the breed is referred to as the Vizsla. In most other places it is called the Hungarian Vizsla.
Starting at the basics, it is a russet/gold or golden/russet coloured dog that in reality comes in a wide variety of shades of those colours. They often have lighter areas over their shoulders and on the sides of their neck and those are called Esterhazy marks ( after Count Laszlo Esterhazy). Often too, they have a darker area down the centre of their back.
Their nose is always brown, close to their coat colour. Their eyes can range from yellowish to a colour close to their coat colour. The yellow hues are not preferred.
Some Vizslas will have white on their feet and/or on their chest. This is not preferred in Canada.
The dog is a medium sized dog of good bone. An adult male may be about 23 -25 inches tall and weigh 55-60 lbs while a female is usually shorter and about 10 pounds lighter, although of course there are variations there too.
The Vizsla in Canada is recognised with two official coat types denoting two breeds, the smooth and wirehaired. The USA recognises only the smooth coat in the AKC show ring.
The breed also will be seen with a lovely long haired coat. The long haired genes, when present, are dominant and can be produced by the mating of two short hairs. In some countries the long hairs are highly prized in the field. They have yet to be recognised in Vizslas even though such coat types in Weimaraners and German Short -haired pointers have been.
The complete history and age of the Vizsla breed is not really known with any degree of certainty. To quote Gay Gottlieb in The Complete Vizsla, ' it is reputedly of very ancient origin'. It is said to have descended from the hunting dogs brought into the Carpathian mountain region by the migrating Magyars in the ninth century'. She also writes that by the 1500's the name Vizsla seems to have been in common usage but the breed continued to evolve as breeders added other breeds to bring in the qualities they wanted including the Bloodhounds for the nose, and the Pointer for its deep chest, good running ability and effortless stride. Gay also tells us that in 1924 Count Lazslo Esterhazy ( remember the light markings are named after him) Dr. Kalman Polgar and Elmer Petocz and Captain Baba, along with others, formed the Oriszagos Vizsla Club and marked the beginning of the history of the modern Vizsla.
Two World Wars and the Russian occupation of much of the Hungarian Empire resulted not only in the loss of many many dogs but also the breeding records of many of those and the few remaining dogs that accompanied those who successfully fled the country.
According to Gay's research, and in agreement with many other writers, the Vizsla was originally used to scent and search for birds which were either netted or caught by falcons before firearms were introduced. Interestingly there is a Vizsla owner in the U.S.A that I know who uses her Vizsla in such a manner with her falcons today.
Once the shotgun made an appearance, the Vizsla became highly valued for its versatility and they were selectively bred to work on fur and feather. They tracked and held deer, wild boar and wolf. In some books you will see bear that they have tracked too. They were worked on giant hare, and a variety of wild birds also.
In North America the Vizsla is regarded mainly as a pointing dog on upland game birds but fortunately some breeders and owners are continuing to try to use and maintain all the abilities of the breed. We try to do so by working our dogs in the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association training and testing.
When you think about the temperament and needs of this breed remember that it has to have a mind of its own to think in the field but it also must be trainable to work with the hunter. It has to have the energy and drive (strong desire) to track fur and feather (animals and birds), point, hold its prey if necessary and then, with birds, in some countries, to flush and then retrieve them also. It has to also have the temperament to mix well into the household routine and space and interact with family members.
When you are watching your Vizsla rip about one minute and create games the next, try to remember the dog is merely trying to meet the physical and mental output such tasks would require.
Consider the intelligence and even common sense such a dog would need and then try to work with your dog in a way that enhances those traits. Smart dogs usually train us much faster and better to serve them than we think can happen. We must endeavor to keep the leadership role in a consistent and positive way without dominance.
As Gay warns, 'mistimed firmness or too much pressure too early can make the dog obstinate and over dependent. Training it calls for patience, and dedication'.
The energy level, the intelligence, and what appears to be a natural ability to be a clown will then be the trainer's challenge to guide into a productive and manageable companion and team member. Add to this a dog that is often sensitive to correction and you have a dog that will make you become an informed and smart trainer and will reward you with a very loving and wonderful companion and working partner.
More about us:
I have been honoured to have judged a number of all breed matches and sweepstakes. The American National Specialty for the Pyrenean Shepherd Club of America, the Canadian National Lowchen Specialty, the Alberta Bouvier Provincial Bouvier club Specialty Show puppy and veterans sweepstakes and the Canadian Bouvier Club Specialty Show puppy and veteran sweepstakes have been a thrill to judge.
Some show ring highlights of our dogs:
In 1997 we were the breeders, owners and handlers of the Canadian Kennel Club number one female Dal in Canada, Ch. Blackbullet's Diamond Diva. She also won AOM at the National Specialty that year.
In 1998 we owned and handled the Canadian Kennel Club number 3 Vizsla and in 1999, the number 4 Vizsla, Ch. Varazs Blackbullet On The Wing.
In 2005 our homebred and owner handled Jewel, Ch. Blackbullet Varazs Legacy NAVHDA NA ( 2004 litter) was the number 1 female Canadian Kennel Club show V in Canada. She is featured in the photos below.
In 2012 she became mother to the number 6 Vizsla in Canada when her daughter Sydney ( GrCh. Blackbullet's Waltzing Matilda NAVHDA NA) completed her championship title. As of June 2013, Sydney has 8 group placements. In 2013 she was number four in Canada. In April of 2014, Sydney became a Grand Champion and was not shown any more to date.
GCh. Blackbullet's Waltzing Matilda, multi group winning girl from our 2012 litter.
Some Field Highlights of our dogs:
In 2005 we were fortunate to join the local North American Versatile Hunting Association. I bred, trained and owner handled our Jewel to our first NAVHDA Natural Ability title!. In 2007 I had the thrill of breeding Jewel and then handling two of her offspring to their Natural Ability titles at 7 months of age too. From our 2010 litter, 3 pups ran their NAVHDA NA test too at 8 months of age. From our 2012 litter 2 pups ran their NAVHDA NA tests for their titles - making them the 3rd generation to carry NAVHDA titles!
We encourage the testing of Vizslas as versatile hunting dogs including search, point, track and water work. We also encourage our owners to hunt with their companion dogs.
Our Jewel (2004 litter) learning water retrieving in 2005.
Our Seth (2005) with one of the many birds he finds, points, flushes and retrieves every year for his wonderful owners.
Our Kati ( 2007 litter) showing her great style on birds.
Sydney, 2010 litter, earning her NAVHDA NA title at 8 months of age.
Ridley, 2010 litter, showing how he tracked, found and
retrieved his pheasant for full marks in his NAVHDA NA test
Sam, 2010 litter, on a great point at 8 months of age for his NAVHDA NA test
From our 2012 litter, Quinn earned his NAVHDA NA Prize 1 in August 2013. And below, Rogue also from our 2012 litter was the first to earn her NAVHDA NA title in the litter! They make the 3rd generation of NAVHDA NA titled dogs for us. Thank you so much owners for all your dedication to your dogs. Rogue also has her first leg on her JH title.
LIFE TIME COMMITMENT TO OUR DOGS
Our dogs share our acreage home and have lots of room to roam in the fully fenced acres. They also share the family room sofas with us! They are our lifetime commitment companions and family members.
We proudly salute the Vizsla kennels of Varazs (Canada) and Legacy (USA) in the registered name of our puppy from our 2004 litter:
JEWEL - Ch Blackbullet Varazs Legacy - NAVHDA versatile field titled Natural Ability Prize ll - number 1 female show V in Canada in 2005.
Jewel's parents: Am/Cdn Ch. Legacy's Leaps and Bounds X Ch. Varazs On Point At Blackbullet.
Without the love and attention of Diane Shearer, Greg Gollick ( Legacy Vizslas) and Sylvia Dorosh ( Varazs Vizslas) we would not have our wonderful dogs to carry forward in our lines. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their years of hard work in selecting healthy, outstanding dogs for their breeding programs. We thank them for testing their dogs in the show and performance rings and in the field and very carefully bringing together the pedigrees of these dogs! We owe them more than we can ever repay for their ongoing support and guidance also! We also want to add more recent mentors to our list of those to whom we owe a massive debt - Kathy Rust of Kizmar Vizslas and Jill Brennan of Tierah Vizslas. We have been so fortunate to have included their dogs in our breeding program and to have their ongoing support as they share their amazing depth of understanding of the breed and the pedigrees.
Our contact information:
Sherryanne Farr and Wes Daniels