ABOUT THE ZÖLDMÁLI WIREHAIRED VIZSLAS
I am Zsófia Miczek, breeder of the World’s No.1 dual purpose Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla kennel, the Zöldmáli Kennel. I have been training and breeding Wirehaired Vizslas for 17 years, and I am a golden awarded master of gundog trainer -the youngest ever person gaining this title, and a woman indeed- and also golden awarded master of breeder.
I am also an FCI hunting dog performance judge, and the most successful Hungarian HPR (hunt-point and retrieve) handler (and trainer) in competitions, having handled 15 different dogs, 61 times to 1st prize in competitions, produced 4 International Work Champions, and 13 National Work Champions.
Looking back my life, I find that everything happens for a reason. It was more an accidental choice than a well-planned breed selection, how I got into the Wirehaird Vizsla breed: I bought my first Wirehaired Vizsla puppy in 1999 as a pet, had no idea about shows or hunting. Noone in my family had anything to do with dogs or hunting. At that time, the Wirehaired Vizsla was such a rare breed even in Hungary, that there were very few litters born, so I bought the first puppy that came across. It was my luck that this Wirehaired Vizsla puppy was actually coming from very good working lines. I was 16 years old at that time. I got a book from a good friend of mine – who was a falconer btw.- about hunting dog training. He tried to encourage me to do something more with my vizsla than just walking her in the city. I started to read the book, and was amazed, how many thing a vizsla is supposed to know, and what it is good for. Not having any previous hunting knowledge, I started to train my Wirehaired Vizsla puppy, named Dorka (Csővárberki Dévaj), based on the book. I enjoyed every minute of the training, as Dorka was a quick learner, and this made me very motivated. Looking back, I have to tell, she was a very talented puppy with good hunting abilities and very stable nerves. And me, I also had (and still have) a special ability to communicate and feel my dogs. I quite quickly taught her everything from the book, and spent all my free time with training her. I was obsessed and took it very serious, but enjoyed every minute of it.
I entered Dorka to her first field and water trial, at the age of 1,5 years, which she passed with full scores. This is how it all began. From the following year on, she became The Vizsla of the year (among smooth and wirehaired vizslas) for 3 years in Hungary, based on her working titles. She became Hungarian, Slovakian and International Work Champion.