Members must agree to try and achieve the best possible quality dogs in order to better the breed and only breed the WVCNA Code Of Ethics
The Wirehaired 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".
Membership of Wirehaired Vizsla owners, breeders, and fanciers in the Wirehaired Vizsla Club of North America is needed to secure a group of truly dedicated people committed to maintaining the breed and assuring its proper management here in North America. The Wirehaired Vizsla deserves only good owners, trainers, and judges so that future generations may also enjoy the noble characteristics of this classy sporting dog.
This Club was started in July 2001 and the WVCNA Code of Ethics was established and will be reviewed and changed as needed.
WVCNA CODE OF ETHICS
WVCNA members shall always conduct themselves in a manner which will reflect credit upon themselves, their Wirehaired Vizslas and the sport of purebred dogs, regardless of the location or circumstance. Protect and advance the development of the Wirehaired Vizsla through continued improvement of soundness, stable temperament, natural hunting ability and conformation as set forth in the official Wirehaired Vizsla Standard.
WVCNA 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.
WVCNA members shall breed only with the intention of improving the breed by breeding only those Wirehaired Vizslas who conform to the standard as recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club, exhibit soundness, stable temperament and natural hunting ability. Breed only those dogs who are free of serious hereditary defects including epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, Von Willebrands, entropian and cranial muscular atrophy and who are over two years of age and have been x-rayed and OFA certified as free from hip dysplasia. It is recommended that bitches not be bred every heat cycle and that all breeding should be ceased by the age of 8 years old.
WVCNA members shall not breed, sell, consign puppies or adult dogs to pet shops or other commercial ventures such as lotteries or raffles. Honestly value the quality of the Wirehaired Vizsla and will require dogs that are sold that are not of breeding quality be spayed or neutered. Will not release puppies under the age of seven weeks, furnish details on feeding, care, inoculations, pedigrees and written sales agreements. Screen all prospective buyers to assure that puppies have safe and loving homes, supply assistance and support to puppy buyers for the life of the dog. Puppies will be sold with health guarantees. Encourage owners to become involved in Wirehaired Vizsla activities (as the become available), the Wirehaired Vizsla Club of North America and regional Wirehaired Vizsla Clubs (as they become available).
The breed's parent club, the Wirehaired Vizsla Club of North America, in recognizing its responsibility in protecting the breed has also adopted the following resolutions:
The Officers and the Board of Directors of the Wirehaired Vizsla Club of North America, Inc., in cognizance of the respective responsibilities to protect the breed and foster its development, do hereby condemn cross-breeding of pure bred Wirehaired Vizslas and falsification of registration documents. All persons following the fancy of Wirehaired Vizslas are enjoined to subscribe to this ethic in the best interest of the breed.
The Wirehaired Vizsla Club of North America calls for all breed stock to be radiographed and specifies that no dog or bitch with the slightest evidence of hip dysplasia be used for breeding purposes. In keeping with this resolution, "The Wirehaired Vizsla News" will not accept ads for any Wirehaired Vizsla as breeding stock that does not have an OFA number. Ads for litters of puppies will not be accepted unless the sire and dam had OFA numbers at the time of breeding. Complete OFA numbers must be sent in with each ad request and will be printed in full. OFA requirements do not apply to dogs appearing in news articles. Instructions for OFA diagnosis may be obtained for a fee from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, 2300 Nifong Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201-3856, phone (573) 442-0418 http://www.offa.org/
The Officers and Board of Directors of the Wirehaired Vizsla Club of North 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.