is Sylvia & What is Varazs Perm. Reg'd Vizslas?
My name is Sylvia Dorosh. I am a baby
boomer, born in Toronto, Ontario - a 2nd generation Canadian of Ukrainian
heritage - and attended grade and high schools in London, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba and then university (undergrad & graduate) in
My education includes a Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph. For
many years I worked as a consultant in the field of organizational
effectiveness but am now retired. I am married and have 2 adult
step-children and 1 step-granddaughter. My husbandis a
retired Professor Emeritus in
Psychology at the University of Guelph. In addition to our dogs and
dog sports, I
enjoy travel, hiking, fine wines, music, art and architecture, birds,
gardening, and scuba diving. Presently we split out time living between Ontario and Arizona.
Varazs is my kennel name. Varazs means "magic" in Hungarian.
The kennel name, Varazs, is now permanently registered with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) (hence, Perm. Reg'd)
of which I have been a member in good standing
since 1991. The CKC governs kennel names as part of its authority for purebred dogs in Canada under
the Animal Pedigree Act. To quality for permanent
registration, one has to be a CKC member in good standing for 10 years,
have been breeding for 10 years, and produced at least five titled dogs.
We have owned and loved many Vizslas since
1978. Currently we share our home with three Vizslas: two females: Miska
(born 2003) and her daughter, Diva
and one male Tyro (2006) who is a half-brother to Miska.
We have owned many Vizslas over the years. Sadly, the others have now crossed
the Rainbow Bridge. In January 2008, we lost our beloved
Sasha in his 16th year, who was out
of our very first litter born Dec, 31, 1992.
We are We Located?
My "kennel" is located on 10 gorgeous, wooded acres close to the Niagara escarpment in
south-western Ontario. My husband and I live in an area literally surrounded by hundreds of acres of
woods where our dogs can freely run off lead. We
have lots of wildlife except, unfortunately, for upland game. Deer
pass through here; we have resident rabbits and a fox family that returns
kits almost every year. Unfortunately we also get coyotes. Small flocks of Rosebreasted Grosbeaks,
Northern Orioles and
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds return annually to our property to breed and
raise their young. Occasionally, rare Pileated woodpeckers and
Red-bellied woodpeckers are seen
and heard tapping away on our trees. Scarlet Tanangers, Indigo
Buntings, occasional hawks, flycatchers, and warblers visit here
and sometimes call this their summer home too.
I am currently a member
For about five or six years, I was the Vizsla Breedlines columnist for Dogs
in Canada magazine, writing monthly articles about Vizslas. In
the fall of 2009, I became the Editor of the Voice Voice, the official
publication of the Vizsla Society of
Ontario. I am also a principal contributor to the Canadian Vizsla Events
I have trained my dogs at Campaign Dog Academy
and Companion Dogs
in Cambridge, ON (obedience & agility) in Georgetown, Say
Yes (agility) in Alberton, Ruffwood
Kennels for field and Jumping
Chollas in Phoenix for agility.
My favourite dog-related
charity is the Pet Trust Foundation,
Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), Guelph, Ontario, Canada which funds veterinary research into dogs' health
and well-being and other
important animal-related programs. In November 2004, I was honoured by OVC
for financial contributions to the purchase of an Magnetic Resonance
Imaging MRI) machine for animals.
acquired our first Vizsla, Csarda, in 1978
at the age of 8 months. I dabbled in conformation, obedience and field with
Csarda. Despite his glorious pedigree, he was not a show specimen
and he had phobias about slippery floors and mats that also ruled out
obedience competitions. I knew next to nothing about applied dog behaviour or
training then and so his
fate was simply to become a wonderful,
family companion to us, which he was for 14.5 years. Little did
I know how my life would change with Vizsla #2!!
Our second Vizsla, Buster,
was a 16-month old, male bought in 1989 from an individual in Toronto, ON who
had imported him into Canada from Judy Vernon's Kezdet's
kennels in New York State. Buster became my
first Champion, first obedience titled dog and first Top Vizsla in Canada
(he was #4 Vizsla in Canada in 1992). I became hooked on dog sports and
activities after that!
Then with the arrival of my first Vizsla puppy,
1991, my life changed more dramatically. I became considerably more involved in CKC and AKC licensed
events and started doing my own show handling. I was so thrilled and
excited when she and I got her first AKC 3-point major. Since 1990, I've also been very active in Vizsla club and dog activities,
including conformation and
obedience and when time, money and resources allow - field and agility.
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In 1992, I, along with 11 other individuals,
started up Vizsla Canada Inc., a national club devoted to the smooth and wirehaired
Vizsla. I was one of the principal founding members and became the club's
first Vice-President. I went on to become the President and simultaneously
carried the roles of Correspondence/Recording Secretary, and newsletter
Editor. I was instrumental in getting Vizsla Canada legally
incorporated and also designed and managed the club's website for several
years. At the same time, I wrote monthly articles for Dogs in
Canada magazine, as the Vizsla Breedlines columnist. I organized
several club events, including our first national specialty show in 1998
and promoted merchandise and book sales to raise money for the club.
Looking back, I don't know how I found or had the energy to do all that I
did for Vizsla Canada in its formative years, but somehow I did and I
enjoyed it. Since 2009, I have been the Editor of the Vizsla
Voice, a publication of the Vizsla
Society of Ontario Inc.
In 1992, we had our first litter out of my
foundation dogs, Buster and Nekah. Nekah,
the dog-love of my life, became a top producing dam.
Thirteen (or an
incredible 62%) of Nekah's pups hold a variety of titles (CH, CD, FDJ, TT and
CGC), 5 are
group (conformation) winners/placers, and 2 more were pointed in Canada but
didn't finish their titles. I don't know if this
is a record for Canada, but it certainly is very high for a Vizsla in this country.
Nekah and Buster are also grandparents of several titled
dogs which are listed on Titled Dogs'
page. Nekah and Buster have crossed the Rainbow Bridge but will never be
Since 1992, I've bred a total of ten litters (1992, 1995, 1997, 1998,
2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011) which produced 63 puppies and
been a co-breeder on two other litters with Sherryanne Farr of Blackbullets
kennels. My goal has never been to produce a lot
of Vizslas. Rather, I have always strived for quality over quantity and
tried to ensure that as many of our puppies as possible went into performance
homes where these dogs' exceptional talents and conformation would be
showcased. I strongly believe in maintaining the Vizsla as a versatile,
healthy dog. I don't have much control over the 'healthy'
aspects of breeding except to do as much testing and screening on my breeding
stock as are available
to our breed. But I sure can do - and do - lots to maintain this breed as
versatile. To find out more about my breeding philosophy,
goals, guarantees and litters, please go to my Breeding