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Against The Wind Vizslas - Kentucky Vizsla Breeders
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About Against The Wind Vizslas
We are dedicated to producing Championship caliber vizsla's with a focus on tempermant, health, hunting ability and confirmation in that order while supporting numerous Vizsla clubs in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. We are also members of the Vizsla Club of America. We go to great effort and expense in our breedings and are selective in our placements. Our "girls" come primarily from NCH NFC MVSDC 2xCH FC CK Touchdown Guy (#1 Field Vizsla in 2015) lines with him directly in the first or second generation. The result is our recently winning 3 national field trial events with 3 DIFFERENT dogs and being featured on the cover of Bird Dog & Retriever news. This has been passed on in our pups with many examples of success in field competition including breeding the 2014 VCA national puppy & derby champion and the NVA derby champion. Our dogs are hunted on quail and pheasant and more important remain a part of our family as wonderful pets. We are located in Western Kentucky close to the Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois & Indiana borders.
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3929 Old US Hwy 45 South
Paducah, Kentucky 42003
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 20 years.
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Submitted by: T.J. Walker on Jun 14, 2016I have nothing but positive things to say about Mark and Against the Wind Vizslas.
Growing up in Louisville, KY., my first family pet was a Vizsla. Ruger. One of the best dogs I've ever known and as smart as a dog could be.
After Ruger passed my family swore to only own Vizslas moving forward because of their loyalty, intelligence and companionship.
We sadly struck out with our next two. One, bred in Florida, was sick and had constant seizures. The next, bred in Illinois, was loyal and sweet, but as territorial as a dog could be and not loving of strangers.
Fast-forward 10 years and it was time for me to get my own pet in my own home. I knew how good Vizslas were and although we missed on two, I wanted my first pet to be one of the most beautiful dogs on the planet.
But I was going to do my research. I wasn't going to strike out again. I reached out to dozens of Vizsla breeders all across the country. I compared training and breeding methods, along with prices, to find a Vizsla that would remind me of Ruger. A dog that would represent what Vizslas were all about.
I don't hunt. I'm not particularity outdoorsy with the exception of playing sports and exercising. I just wanted a smart, loving and friendly dog. If you're the former, Vizslas are just as much for as the latter, they're versatile dogs.
After coming across Mark Sullivan and Against the Wind Vizslas I knew I had found the right breeders.
Years of experience is the first thing that stands out about Mark, but it's not just the experience, it's the commitment to excellence. They do things the right way and are completely patient with their dogs and pups, and patient with new owners. I'm no dog expert but being a journalist I can spot an attention to detail.
Everything Mark and his staff does is professional and done with the best interest of their dogs/pups.
Mark was in constant contact with me before I took the pup home and months, and now years, after buying the pup, giving me advice, instructions and just general dog care knowledge along the way.
Mark gave a detail history of our pup's parents and their behavior/mannerisms. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree with dogs and our puppy, thanks to Mark's instructions and advice, is just like he described the parents to be. A cuddly dog that loves to play and learn new things.
If, and more likely when, we buy another Vizsla I will only buy from Against the Wind Vizslas. There were no surprises and no controversy. Only loving Vizsla breeders that do things the right way.
Submitted by: Laura Pitstick on Jul 01, 2015Our male Vizsla, Chili, is the smartest dog we've ever owned. Maybe too smart. He's scarily human oftentimes.. He's been a joy to our lives and had Mark not helped talk me through the dogs and the characteristics of the particular litter and what he bred for, who knows what direction we would have gone. If we add another V to our family, I won't hesitate to call Mark.
Submitted by: Byron on Jul 14, 2014When it came to buying my first dog I was like a lost puppy. While searching breeds I decided that I wanted a Vizsla. Many internet forums were littered with people proclaiming that a Vizsla can be "too much dog" for a first puppy. I was confident I would be OK but still slightly worried. My puppy search was in full swing.
When I first spoke with Mark on the phone, he was different from other breeders. He gave me an honest run down of what to expect. He provided advice on how to find my pup, even if it wouldn't be from one of his litters. Most importantly, he told me to find a BREEDER I liked, not one particular puppy I fell in love with. This is still the best piece of advice I got throughout the puppy buying process. By the end of our first call, I had made up my mind that he would be the trusted and reputable breeder I had diligently been searching for.
Me being located in Florida, with Mark's Kennel in Kentucky, I was a bit tentative at first. I knew this was a trust based transaction, on both mine and Mark's end, so I went ahead and mailed off my deposit. The wait was on. Mark does a great job keeping his buyers in the loop via his Facebook page, so I was constantly tracking the progress. When the litter finally arrived I had many more questions. Which pup was mine? What was his temperament? How would Mark match puppies with homes? How would I get him to Florida...Mark patiently answered them all. Going the extra mile, Mark even offered to DRIVE my puppy down to me from Kentucky to Florida vs. shipping him. This saved me money and gave my pup a more relaxed ride.
I've now had Chester, my amazing Vizsla family member, for well over a year. Mark still checks in with me on an occasional basis. (he did this week, which prompted me to write this post). My dog is an absolute stud. Mark will tell you that he breeds dogs for athleticism and intelligence, not conformation. I have yet to run into another Vizsla that is better looking, from a breed standpoint than my Chester. Hell, I can barely even find a picture of a prettier Vizsla on the internet. True to his breed, Chester also excels highly in the intelligence and athletic realm too. His drive for hunting is fierce. From birds in the field to lizzards in the backyard, he hunts relentlessly. His stamina is unmatched with any dog at every daycare or dogpark he has ever been to. In a calm environment, Chester is a big lap dog, yearning for affection. But when it's time to play, he can run four hours and hours on end.
All in all, I think I will be a Vizsla owner for life. It'd be hard to use anyone but Mark if I want another Vizsla pup in the future. Thank you Against the Wind Kennels for the companion you have given me and the breed you helped me love. I am forever grateful.
Submitted by: Kim and Patrick Smith on Jul 09, 2014We first spoke with Mark last year when deciding about bringing home our first Vizsla. Derby is about 9 months old now. He came from Clearview. His sire was Mark's dog Simon. What has impressed me so much about Mark is his clear dedication to the breed. He went out of his way to help us. He referred us to a nearby family who had dogs from his line as well as Derby's litter. Even though we did not get a pup directly from his kennel he has continued to communicate with us and offer excellent advice. For that reason as well as the quality of his dogs we will be bringing our second pup home from his kennel. I am a veterinarian and would happily recommend Mark and his kennel to a client
Submitted by: Jerry Coleman on Mar 04, 2014We got a male from a Phoenix/Guy breeding, born in Jan, 2013. Mort is very energetic and shows very strong hunting instincts. We got him as a pet and companion, not a hunter.
He is very motivated and intelligent. His motivation makes him a breeze to train. I continue to be in awe at how quickly he picks things up.
We often take long hikes with him, and he always sticks within sight of us. He is a great companion.
He receives nothing but admiring looks and comments from people we encounter when out. It makes us proud to walk him.
If I get another Vizsla, it will definitely be from Mark, and if possible, a Phoenix/Guy breeding, at that.
Submitted by: Lindsey Thorner on Feb 26, 2014If I were a Vizsla, I'd want to live at Mark's place/Against the Wind Vizlas! It is clear that Mark cares about his dogs and the breed, which was something that was important to me when I was looking around. I had a great experience getting my (now) 6 month old Vizsla. We spent time on the phone discussing what I was looking for and what would be a good fit…he was also very accommodating when we went down to take a look at the litter before the pick-up date.
I couldn't be happier with my "Arlo". He is a great listener and good "student"…he is very well behaved and a very fast learner, and of course, in great health! I highly recommend Against the Wind Vizslas.
Submitted by: Christie G West on Feb 21, 2014We bought a Simon & Piper pup last June - our boy, Cinna, is the joy of our family! We were looking for a family dog - great with small kids, love of all people, and easily trainable. When I called Mark, we spent over an hour on the phone and I told him all about our past experiences with dogs and also what kind of personality we were looking for in a new pup. We could not be happier. Cinna was born in VA with Rev Jim. He and his wife really seemed to spend time making sure we got the right fit for us and our lifestyle. We brought home a little perfect boy with wrinkles (the most beautiful eyes). He was th easiest dog to potty train because Jim's family had already been working on him going outside. His temperment was exactly what we wanted. When its time to get another Vizsla - I will definitely be calling Mark again!
Submitted by: Fred Kieser on Feb 21, 2014My wife and I received "Cassidy" about 8 months ago from Mark and we couldn't be happier. Our Vizsla is happy, loyal to a fault, very mild-tempered, and yet loves to romp outside. So far he is only a phenomenal family member, but I hope to start using him in the field this summer. Mark has always kept in touch and made sure of Cassidy's health. Its the extra step that Mark takes that really sets him aside from other breeders.
Submitted by: Ward on Oct 01, 20135 stars. I bought a Phoenix/Guy pup from against the wind vizslas in March. My experience has been perfect! Mark breeds the best and the proof is in the pudding. My dog Rubin is showing incredible potential in the field and also that perfect inside dog. The relationship I formed with Against the Wind didn't stop at puppy pickup. It's ongoing. He wants to hear about how the dogs doing and always offering support or help. I will definitely use Mark Sullivan/Against the Wind Vizslas again.
Submitted by: Brian Gingrich on Mar 11, 2013As a professional trainer I have found Mark's dogs to have everything I look for in a quality Field Trial or hunting dog. Mark's dogs have demonstrated great trainability, strong prey drive, beautiful style, incredible endurance, and the love of what they are bred to do! They are also very personable dogs that can be your buddy in the house and then be a first-class bird dog in the field. I've had the pleasure of training and competing with several of Mark's dogs and we've had some great success. Mark's dog Abby won the 2012 Midwest Vizsla Futurity! Mark takes great pride in his dogs and is very selective as to he who breeds to, ensuring a first-class dog and the continued improvement of our breed. If you're looking for a great pet & first-class bird dog, I feel very comfortable recommending Mark Sullivan's Against The Wind Vizslas!