et·i·quette

noun: the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group. synonyms: protocol, manners, accepted behaviour, rules of conduct, decorum, good form.

Reputable and responsible breeders invest tremendous resources in their breeding programs – both time and money, and the longterm success of a puppy is largely dependant on proper placement. Potential puppy buyers can contribute to this longterm success by following a few simple rules of etiquette.

Rule 1

Do not shop for a puppy. Instead, focus your search on looking for a breeder that is the right fit for you and your family. Find a breeder who breeds the type of Vizslas you most desire and develop a relationship with that breeder.

Rule 2

Be prepared to wait for your puppy. A puppy is not something you can simply order up because you have made your decision on the type of puppy you want. Many breeders have multi-year wait lists for their pups. In the event your breeder of choice will not have puppies available in the foreseeable future, ask if they can recommend another breeder.

Rule 3

Take the time to properly introduce yourself. Your initial inquiry needs to be of sufficient length in order to clarify exactly what type of Vizsla you are seeking and most importantly, information regarding your lifestyle and the lifestyle you are able to provide your Vizsla. Be aware that most reputable breeders receive numerous emails so ensure your first email is informative, clear, and concise. NEVER send “one-liners” simply requesting the price unless you want your email to end up in the breeder’s trash bin.

Rule 4

Avoid getting on multiple breeders’ waiting lists and please be sure to conclude an encounter with one breeder prior to commencing enquiries with another breeder. Be respectful of the time and effort undertaken by the breeder to have meaningful dialogue with you. Further, responsible breeders in the Vizsla community know and communicate with one another and “red flag” inquiries spread rapidly from breeder to breeder.

Rule 5

Do not expect to be able to select your puppy. Responsible breeders spend countless hours planning breedings with a view to retaining a puppy for show and future breeding purposes. Any puppies available from this litter usually will be ones not required by the breeder, co-breeder and/or stud dog owner. Experienced breeders understand their chosen breed and are therefore extremely well equipped to match buyers with a suitable puppy. This is done to ensure the longterm placement success between you and your Vizsla.