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  1. Wauchope Kennels in WA used FtCh & RtCh Ruvalan Homer CD CM as a stud dog in 1991 and I believe their current dogs are descended from that breeding.
  2. Placid is not a word I would use to describe either breed
  3. With a lot of time and hard work, they could. Would I generally recommend it? No. I didn't read the original close enough, thought they'd moved out of an apartment
  4. I have both breeds, 3 Vizslas and 1 GSP currently. My GSP is the only one I have had of the breed and I love him dearly, but he is harder work than the Vizslas. As you would know from research, both are high energy, intelligent, people focused breeds. They can both be highly strung, but my GSP more so. I find Vizslas softer and more 'needy' of their people. They need to be with you, on you, into everything. GSPs aren't far behind though :) Both breeds can be a lot of hard work, especially in the first couple of years!! I suggest contacting the breed clubs in your state and making an effort to get to a club event and be surrounded by both breeds and see if one wins you over (or turns you off :) ). Vizslas are becoming increasingly popular and we're seeing more and more 'breeders' cashing in on their popularity and breeding without thought, including unregistered litters Please do your research for a good breeder if you do decide on a V and be prepared for a wait for the right pup. GSPs are much more readily available, although of course you still need to do your research for the right breeder.
  5. Go ahead and show him cyrus2015. I'd be more worried about mental scars than physical, so hopefully it hasn't knocked his confidence too much. I showed my now 13.5 year old Vizsla at his very first show with a very obvious half healed bite from a bc on his nose and he won baby in show :) My current youngster also had a tooth mark in his head and a shaved leg from an anesthetic for his first shows (I sound like a terrible owner ) and he picked up a sweeps placing and baby in group. Both have gone on to title :) Gundogs get scrapes and scars, unless it affects the soundness of the dog or is terribly disfiguring, judges mostly overlook them.
  6. I hope your boy finds relief soon steppenwolf. I've not had one of mine in obvious pain from a slightly enlarged prostate and it would certainly worry me too!
  7. I'm not a vet, so only speaking from my experience with my own dogs. My vet has said that a slightly enlarged prostate is not uncommon in entire dogs over a certain age, maybe 5-6 years old and by 8 she says nearly all have enlarged prostates. It could be Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Apart from size my vet checks that the prostate feels uniform and as long at it feels 'normal' and there are no other symptoms we haven't done further tests. Prostate cancer is rare, even more so in entrire dogs. Enlarged prostates in desexed dogs concern her a lot more and always get further investigation. My boys that have had enlarged prostate issues have had temporary chemical castration with either Tardac or Suprelorin. I'd suggest contacting your vet to answer your questions, specific to your dog though.
  8. A breeder can get an idea of the market from what interest they get from the public, even when they don't have puppies. Any kind of web presence makes it very clear if you have a 'market' for your breed. I have a website that clearly states no pups planned, but I get inquiries every week. I won't breed to meet that demand, but it's an indication of how popular the breed currently is, also a little scary
  9. My limited observations from 10-12 years in retrieving trials are that Labradors bred for retrieving trials and working homes in Australia are largely UK, Irish and Australian lines. American field trial lines are a relatively recent trend to take off, and again quite different in type to 'Australian working Labs'. Admittedly in competition homes the US field bred dogs are popular and more performance breeders are using them. As has been at least alluded to already in the thread, it could be considered that the 'show Lab' is as far removed from the original standard as 'field Labs' are. Showing is directly assessing the physical appearance, without assessment of function, so physical trends and exaggerations being rewarded by judges may be perpetuated without consideration for impact on the original purpose of the dog. Just as good working attributes may be perpetuated without consideration for appearance or conformation to the breed standard. Standards change over the years, usually to suit what's in the show ring as they are the one's being assessed against it. If you want to split the breed I'd suggest that neither extremes keep the name Labrador. Show Labrador and Field Labrador?? But what about the Australian working Labs that look nothing like US field Labs but never set foot in a show ring? Or breeders that do both sports? The extremes are easy, but not all Labs fit nicely into these two categories. Why would you want to enforce limitation of gene pools in a breed that already has genetic issues? Although you're unlikely to get a breeder to cross the two extremes of Labrador, there are others that strive to produce a Labrador fit for all purposes, that is healthy as possible, and may take lines from all areas.
  10. Not for NSW trials, you're covered by the club :) Are both aussielover and Eyolf are in the ACT, maybe you could throw dummies for each other? I have a remote thrower, which doesn't use a charge so isn't noisy. It's the type of thrower used at RATG's & retrieving trials here, although usually without the remote part. You can only load one dummy/pigeon at a time though unlike a bumper boy which can have multiple dummies. Unfortunately I've misplaced the remote to my thrower
  11. I can send you a copy of my boy's results from Vetpath in WA if you want to show your vets that they do do it!??
  12. I titre test my dogs and have only had one come back with less than high positive. I received results for my 8.5 year old dog yesterday and he had >=1:80 serology titre for both parvo and distemper. Results are from Vetpath in WA.
  13. I have quite a few pods here The dogs like them and my youngest Vizsla loves to suck on them I have found they've held up pretty well, survived a litter of 11 pups! All parts are replaceable, so if they flatten you can get new innards. I haven't yet but my originall pod could probably do with a new middle cushion.
  14. Maybe the answer is in what they do cover rather than what they don't cover with Accidental Injury? Chicken bone in throat doesn't appear to be covered by any of these?? Accidental Injury Cover 2.1 What we will pay We will pay you the Benefit Percentage for the Vet Expenses incurred by you for Treatment during the Policy Period up to the Benefit Limits, as a result of your Pet suffering an Accidental Injury in one of the circumstances described below. You will be responsible for any Excess as shown on the applicable Certificate of Insurance. To qualify for Cover under this section of the policy, the Accidental Injury must have occurred during the Policy Period and: (a) be a direct consequence of at least one of the following: 1. a motor vehicle incident; 2. a burn or electrocution; or 3. an allergic reaction to an insect bite other than tick or flea bites; or (b) result in: 4. a bone fracture; 5. a snake bite toxicity; 6. a traumatic ligament or tendon injury; 7. a bite wound or fight wound abscesses; or 8. lacerations or abrasion of tissue, skin or mucous membrane due to external violence.
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