Things you should know before you buy



    • Members will hip and elbow score all potential breeding stock between the ages of 12 and 24 months and obtain scores before mating. Only dogs with hip scores of A1, A2, B1 and B2 will be mated. This only applies to dogs born after April 2015. (For a description of hip and elbow scores, see FAQ).
    • Members will not allow their bitches to be mated before the age of 20 months (preferably 24 months) or after their 8th birthday.
    • Members will not allow their male dogs to be mated before 18 months old.
    • Members will not allow a mating where the COI (coefficient of inbreeding) is more than 5%.
    • Members will not allow their bitches to whelp more than once in any 12 months (preferably 24 months).
    • Members will not release puppies under eight weeks of age.
    • Members will not sell or consign puppies or adult dogs to pet shops or other commercial ventures such as agents, lotteries or raffles.
    • Members will screen all prospective buyers to ensure that puppies have safe and loving homes.
    • Members will supply assistance and support to puppy buyers for the life of the dog.
    • Members will encourage owners to become involved in Vizsla activities and Vizsla clubs.


    • This puppy will be your friend, family member and constant companion for (hopefully) more than a decade. These guidelines are meant to protect you – select your breeder accordingly.
    • Ask the breeder to provide bloodline information and the COI (coefficient of inbreeding %). Inbreeding increases the risk of genetic problems.
    • Ask to meet both parents or, at least, the mother of the litter.
    • Find out if hip and elbow scores are available for both parents. This is not a failsafe guarantee that the puppy will be exempt, but it does show that the breeder has made an effort to minimize risks.
    • Most breeders will have a contract of sale. This is meant to protect both parties AND the puppy.
    • Find out if your puppy will be registered with a breeding restriction. This is done in an effort to protect puppies from so-called “puppy farmers”. Do not let this discourage you – it is indicative of a breeder who cares about the puppy’s future well-being.
    • Breeding restrictions can be lifted at a later date by the breeder. If you plan to breed with your puppy in future, ensure that the breeder is made aware of this.