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Midnight Run Vizslas - Michigan Vizsla Breeders
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About Midnight Run Vizslas
At Home. In The Field.
I am very particular about the dogs that I keep and breed. Health, temperament and field ability are paramount. I also like classy style, with a high head and tail on point, intensity, drive and desire, and intelligent application. I make every effort to produce pups that conform to the breed standard, but also recognize that there is much more that goes into the making of a great bird dog than his or her conformation. I do not enjoy hyper dogs that are difficult to live with in the home, and I expect others feel similarly. No matter how good a dog may be in the field, I will not keep or breed one that does not also meet my high expectations as a companion in the home. I value dogs that settle down nicely in the house and conserve their energy for the field. As a result, my pups are typically as enjoyable to live with in the home as they are to hunt over in the field. I am very proud of this fact.
I also don't believe that breeding begins when dogs are mated and ends when the pups are whelped. My litters are planned well in advance, all parents are OFA'd and free from hip dysplasia, DNA'd and proven performers. I do not breed every female to my male, even if I could, and I am not afraid to travel some distance to do a breeding if I think it will improve the quality of the pups I produce. Every dog that I own and breed has had success field trialing and hunting, and although my focus in the breed is on field trialing, I am a hunter first and foremost.
I also feel strongly that the time pups spend with me at the beginning of their life is critical to their health and development later in life, a fact that I do not take lightly. My pups are whelped and raised in the home, and spend their time here in a large 4 x 10 foot pen in the living room and not the barn, kennel, garage or basement like with so many other breeders. Pups go through the Early Neurological Stimulation program, also known as the "Super Dog" program, during the first two weeks after birth and are handled regularly on a daily basis. I work from home, so I spend considerable time around the pups, which not only affords me the opportunity to spend time with them, but also to watch them develop and get to know each and every pup's personality. This is particularly beneficial when it comes time for the pups to be selected and go to their new homes. Even though I allow buyers to pick their own pup, I often give advice and make recommendations that results in good matches for both the pup and owner.
My pups are highly socialized, having been exposed to a number of different people, children, dogs, different surfaces (carpet, wood floors, concrete, grass, etc.) and the sights and sounds that life in the home offers. Because of their pen configuration, my pups are experienced at going up and down full sized stairs, have had experience with crate training and a beginning foundation for potty training. Weather permitting, pups regularly get outside once they are ready (between 5 and 6 weeks), both in the backyard and our large fenced two-acre training and exercise area. Pups are introduced to the wing on a string between 5 and 6 weeks, and then live quail and/or pigeons shortly thereafter.
My pups go home with full AKC registration application papers, a litter specific information and training booklet that I prepare for each litter, a puppy training book, a three-year hip and health guarantee, three rounds of dewormings, and their first round of puppy shots. I require a $100 deposit to secure a pup from an upcoming litter, and pups are selected, when they are ready to go home, in the order that deposits are received. Deposits are refundable until the pups are born and I know that I have a pup for you of the gender of your choosing.
Stud service to FC AFC Si Cisco is also available (see below for more info), and I occasionally have started dogs for sale.
Please visit www.midnightrunvizslas.com for more information about our dogs and upcoming litters. I am already accepting deposits for our spring litters. I have some wonderful pups due to go home in late March and mid to late May, so don't delay. If you're interested in a pup or stud service, please contact me through my website (www.midnightrunvizslas.com), call on the phone or email me directly at email@example.com. References are available upon request.
I grew up pheasant hunting with my father in Northern IL over GSPs, and have had sporting dogs all of my life. I met my first Vizsla when I was a teenager and knew that I would someday have one of my own. Once I completed law school and had a home with a fenced in yard, I had a deposit on Vizsla pup and haven't looked back. The breed is everything I expected and so much more, and I enjoy the opportunity to share my experience in the breed with others. I have owned Vizslas since 2003, and have been breeding since 2006, largely for myself. I often keep pups from my own breedings for competition purposes.
I am very active with the breed locally, as well as the sport of field trialing. I am an active member of the Vizsla Club of America, Vizsla Club of Michigan and Vizsla Club of Illinois, and the current Vice President of the Vizsla Club of Michigan. I chair two field trials each year for the Vizsla Club of Michigan, co-chair the Midwest Vizsla Shooting Dog Championship and serve on the committee and as scribe for the Midwest Vizsla Futurity. I also serve as Vice-President for the newly formed Mid-Michigan Pointing Dog Club. I am an AKC approved Field Trial and Hunting Test Judge, and I have also judged American Field Trials.
FC AFC Si Cisco JH - Standing at Stud
Cisco is an accomplished field trial dog and hunting companion. He finished both his AKC Field Championship and Amateur Field Championship in the Spring 2009, only weeks after turning 5 years old, and he has hunted upland game in a handful of different states. In the 12 months previous to finishing his FC and AFC, Cisco won 6 major Gun Dog stakes, at both horseback and walking field trials. Five of his six wins were against all breed competition, and three of his major wins were 4 pointers, in which he defeated 17, 19 and 21 dogs to nab the blue ribbon. Every stake Cisco has won has had 14 or more dogs entered. He was named the Vizsla Club of Michigan's Amateur Gun Dog of the Year for 2008 and 2009, and as a derby dog, he took 3rd Runner-up in the Midwest Vizsla Futurity in 2006, the breed's largest ever Futurity with 33 dogs entered.
Cisco has already sired a number of excellent hunting companions and field competitors. His first mating to my female, Rio, produced Bela (Silent Bell), who spent 8 months from June 2008 until March 2009 as the Vizsla Club of America's #1 young field trial Vizsla in the country. Cisco also sired Bailey (Bailey's Rooster Dreamin), who took 3rd place at the Ohio NSTRA Regional Eliminator Championship this past May. Bailey is the first Vizsla in Ohio NSTRA history to place in the Top 6 at the Regional Eliminator trial, and he was the only Vizsla invited to compete at the 2009 Dog of the Year Championship later that Fall (In 2008, there wasn't a single Vizsla at the DOTY Championship, of the the 192 dogs invited).
Cisco has a keen nose, pleasing style and intensity on point, incredible drive and a strong desire to hunt. He is a muscular, powerfully built male. He is a bird finder, who rarely goes birdless in competition and always fills my vest when hunting. He applies himself with purpose and is an intelligent animal who picks up training quickly. Despite his prowess in the field, his best trait still remains his wonderful temperament and easy going nature. He has never met a stranger and he is a real joy to have around the house and kennel.
Cisco's father, Zorro, is a Field Champion and Amateur Field Champion, his mother, Mishka, is an Amateur Field Champion, and there are a number of other field champions and other accomplished dogs in his pedigree.
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Breeder Contact Info
Battle Creek, MI, Michigan 49015
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 4 years.
269-832-2557Send Email to Midnight Run VizslasClick here to visit Midnight Run Vizslas website
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Submitted by: Bill Newton on Aug 31, 2011I grew up hunting over GSPs with my dad and my brother. When our last male passed away and I moved into my own house, it was time for me to search for my first hunting dog that I would own and raise all by myself. I came across the Vizsla breed in a book and it sounded like the perfect dog for my situation. I wanted a good house dog and one that could excel in the field. I called a couple of breeders and after I contacted Jon at Midnight Run I decided he was very knoledgeable and thought it would be worth making the 3 hour trip to MI. I had never seen a Vizsla before and was a little skeptical I'll have to admit. Once we got to Jon's house, I was mainly interested in seeing his stud Cisco do some birdwork and see the facilities. I was immediately impressed by both. After we toured the kennels and watched Cisco peform flawlessly in the field, Jon said now I want to show you how these dogs are in the house. He told my wife and I to go in and sit on his couch. Two of his females ran over to us and after our friendly greeting, one of them put their head on my lap and one put their head on my wife's lap. I told him right then that I wanted one! It was everything all the books said and I couldn't believe it. We agreed on a breeding and soon brought home Huck. He was so easy to potty train and started showing some serious interest in birds by the time he was 14 weeks old. This was the first dog I had trained by myself and he makes me look like I know what I'm doing. Jon and I met up for a summer training session and I was a little cautious about taking Huck along on a hunting trip to South Dakot when he would be only 10 months old. Jon said, no doubt is that dog ready for out west. Huck blew my expectations out of the water hunting wild pheasants (which can be tough on experienced pointing dogs). He had many solid points and hunted methodically the entire week. We came back home to Indiana where we actually have a decent quail population and he kept getting stronger and stronger. Our first hunting season was filled with successful hunts and great pictures. The next spring we decided to get involved in some field trials. This was the first field trial for both Huck and myself, we received a 4th placement on futurity weekend at the Vizsla Club of Illinois' spring trial. All the credit goes to Jon Peck for his planning and Huck for his ability, I had no clue what I was doing. We continued on and improved on our placements and experience. Jon followed through with everything he said he would and to this day he still is available to offer advice on training or general questions. I would recommend anyone who is looking for a great companion at the home, an excellent field dog or both to Jon Peck of Midnight Run Vizslas!
Submitted by: Bill Newton on Aug 12, 2011I purchased my first Vizsla from Midnight Run Vizslas in January of 2010. I couldn't say enough good things about the quality of puppy that we received and the customer service from Jon. He has the buying experience dialed in and everything went exactly as he explained on the phone. We made a visit to his kennel and as soon as we saw the facilities and spent a little bit of time with Jon and his dogs, we were hooked and new that we had come to the right place.
Huck was 10 months old when I took him to SD for his first wild bird hunting experience. I shot multiple limits of pheasants over a staunchly pointing puppy, Huck blew my expectations out of the water on pheasants to boot, which can be tough on an experienced pointer. Then it was back to IN which we actually have a decent quail population and he never disapointed. I would put Huck's bird finding ability up against any dog that I've ever hunted over. After hunting season, I thought I had something special and thought I'd give the field trials a whirl. Huck and I entered the Open Derby at the Vizsla Club of Illinois on Futurity weekend. Out of 14 dogs, Huck got 4th place! I had not idea what I was doing, luckily Huck did and he improved his placement on his very next trial. He goes everywhere with me and he gets compliments all the time from people saying how handsome and well behaved he is. It has truly been a pleasure living and hunting with Huck. October is right around the corner and I can't wait! I would recommend anyone looking for a Vizsla to contact Jon Peck at Midnight Run Vizslas.
Submitted by: Jeff and Julie Zenas on Mar 27, 2011After our initial research we thought a Vizsala might be good to fill the void of our deceased Golden Retriever. Our search of Vizsala breeders led us to contact Jonathon Peck of Midnight Run Vizsala’s. After a lengthy phone conversation Jon invited us to his home to meet the breed first hand. Upon our arrival, it was to our surprise that one of his females had just given birth the night before. Even though Jon was up all night he still invited us into his home and spent several hours answering our questions and showing us Viszala’s of all ages. After our visit it was very apparent that this was the breed and Jon was the breeder for us. We brought Cooper home in June 2009; he was sired by Jon’s Cisco. We were so pleased with our puppy a year later we purchased Zoey, from Jon’s Rio.
Jon truly is vested in the breed. He spends the necessary time to help new owners decided whether a Vizsala is the right fit for them. He’s always available to offer support and answer questions. We highly recommend Midnight Run Vizsala’s and Jonathon Peck to anyone who is interested in the breed.
Submitted by: Katie Thomsen on Mar 03, 2011My husband and I were looking for a dog who could run a 10K with us and snuggle on the couch when we got home. The Vizsla was a perfect choice for us, and Jonathan Peck was a perfect breeder for us. When we found out that we were expecting our first child when our intended pup would be 6 months old, we talked to Jonathan and his expertise convinced us that we would be fine. He was right. We brought home the pup Maizey in September 2010 and had a blast training her - she was a very exuberant and smart student (and still is). She is affectionate and energetic and eager to please and hilarious. A perfect combination of being obedient while still having a dynamic personality. We brought home our baby girl in January 2011, and Maizey immediately "got it." Maizey is in love with her baby sister - she is calm and attentive and affectionate.
I know you will not be disappointed with Jon and the way he runs his operation. He is professional and kind and raises beautiful dogs. Go visit him - you will see immediately what we saw and what these testimonials reveal. He is a class act. And, importantly, so are his dogs.
Submitted by: Tom Start on Feb 17, 2011Well my story starts in April of 2010, I had to put my 13 year old female Vizsla down because of kidney failure and it was a very tough because I had just lost my wife to cancer five months prior. So I was going through a little bit of a difficult time trying to determine if I wanted to get involved with a new puppy all by myself or what.
I was looking for a pet only, but I wanted a dog from a good background and a breeder that could give me a pretty good idea of what the puppy would become. So I started looking and investigating breeders in the Midwest and visited a couple of them. After some disappointing trips I contacted John at Midnight Run and he invited me down to see a small litter that was just born. Upon walking into Johns place I had the feeling that I was in the right spot. On the first visit we sat and talked about what I was looking for now and as the dog matured and after we spent so time with the puppies and their mom (Tricky)it was feeling right. After about an hour and half I asked John where his other dogs were, and he said your sitting right next to them, they were in their crates and didn't make a sould the whole time I was there, they were just sitting in there being little angels. Right then I knew this guy knows how to breed Vizslas.
That day John informed me that if I wanted, he would sell me the one female that he planned on keeping for himself for breeding, and that is the day RUBY came into my life. Now after 7 months I have the best dog that I've ever had, she is not overly excited, knows when its time to settle down and she learns very, very fast. I's sure she is smarter then I am. Even when I take her to the Dog Park here in Grand Rapids, everyone that meets her say; are you sure she's a Vizsla she is so calm and in control, and then the freak out when I tell them she is only 7 months old.
If your in the market for the best Vizsla you have come to the right place with Midnight Run Vizslas, John gets it.
Submitted by: Jill Holdstock on Feb 14, 2011I sought Jon's help in learning more about the Vizsla breed. He allowed me to visit his home and meet his dogs. He has a wonderful home and kennel for raising puppies. I was especially impressed with the early interaction he provides to the pups in the 1st several weeks. In my opinion, that is what distinguishes a great breeder from all the rest.
I picked out my Sofie in March 2010. I am hoping to use her in a most unconventional way. I want to do search and rescue work with her. I wanted a puppy who was a great problem-solver, bold and somewhat independent, and athletic and agile and willing to range, among other things. I feel the Vizslas are a healthier breed overall.
Sofie met all those characteristics and more. I think she is part billy goat! From birth, she has been exposed to textures and sounds and a multitude of environments. When she was only 8 months old she climbed the ladder of a jungle gym to play with a little girl. Then she proceeded down the slide, just for fun, all on her own. Sofie knows no fear. She climbs virtually any surface. She loves the water. My hardest job is to keep her from swimming to Canada from Michigan! She has no fear of ice and cold water either. Luckily she has a good recall and comes back when called.
I have had dogs my entire life, but I can easily say that Sofie is the smartest dog I have ever had. She can work through problems like no dog I have ever seen. It's almost scary to watch her work to get what she wants. It takes a lot more vigilance on our part, but worth it.
Sofie has a nice temperament and gets along easily with other dogs, including my other two. She visits doggie day care once in a while and gets along well with virtually all dogs. Despite her "live life at full throttle" personality, she is really kind of mellow around other dogs.
One trait that I find most impressive is her stamina in the field. I recently had her out in 2 ft of snow during a training. She seemed to float over the snow. Regardless of conditions, she seems to work and give a 110% until you ask her to stop. While I don't hunt with her, I really appreciate being able work her in SAR or just hike or swim or whatever and trust that she can keep up in any conditions.
While she is still a work in progress for SAR work, she is simply a wonderful dog, pet and friend. My husband didn't want a 3rd dog originally. Sofie is now his favorite of the bunch! We love our "full throttle" Sofie!
Submitted by: John M. Bowman on Feb 09, 2011In early 2010, I was looking for a good gun dog for a person with limited experience with gun dogs. I live in Germantown, TN very close to the National Bird Dog Museum. Needless to say, there are a lot of bird dog experts here. After researching on the internet for several months, I kept coming back to the Vizsla. Everyone around here said that I was crazy. Pointer this, retriever that. After calling the breeder referral officers for several clubs, one breeder's name kept coming up: Jon Peck. I figured that if the breeders wanted a dog from this guy, then I wanted a dog from this guy.
This was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Jon was awesome to work with. He really cares about his dogs and future owners. Last fall, my family immediately fell in love with Midnight Run's Rusty Michael Bowman. Rusty is a beautiful dog. He is extremely well mannered. He is very eager to please. He learns very quickly. I taught him sit in about ten minutes the second day we had him. I taught him to wait to be released when entering a door with people. More than once, I had to go back and get him because he was patiently waiting when the kids accidentally closed the door. There he was, waiting for the command to come in.
He loves our daily walks in the woods. He is amazing to watch as he tracks scent on birds and points. He immediately comes when called in the field. He also loves to lay with us on the couch and watch movies. Our kids still fight over who gets to have Rusty next to them in the car or on the couch. It is a sad thing to see that beautiful hunting dog nudge the kids and roll over to get his belly scratched. He is extremely friendly with small children, adults, and other dogs. Jon did a great job socializing him with the litter.
We love Rusty so much that we are starting to plan for our next puppy, Midnight Run's Rosey Lynn Bowman. My wife is tired of sharing MY dog. That's right, we already know that we are going to let Jon do his magic again. He did such a great job picking out Rusty for us.
I just realized how long that I have been rambling on about Jon and Rusty. If you have read this far, you must be serious about your research. If you are that serious, call Jon. You will not be disappointed.
Submitted by: CarolCarney on Feb 08, 2011I purchased my puppy Colbie from Jon this fall. I am VERY happy with her. I wanted a puppy with performance events (obedience and field work) in mind. She has exceeded my expectations, Colbie is fast to learn. Not only smart she has the conformation to excel in the show ring also she recently competed in an AKC event coming away with a Best of Breed over several other puppies. When we went to Jon's home to meet Colbie's mom Nico and the rest of the gang there all were VERY friendly--all of them wanted to hang out with my grand-kids sit in their laps and be loved and hugged by them. In return all Jon's dogs kissed them and hugged back. I have known Jon Peck for quite a while and would not hesitate to recommend him as a breeder.
Submitted by: Bobby Cooper on Feb 24, 2010I am a quail and pheasant hunter. I live in Texas and have hunted primarily over English Pointers for 2+ decades. The ranch I hunt is 35,000 acres and with that much territory I need dogs that will range out and cover ground quickly. However, when I pheasant hunt in Kansas, I need a dog that will hunt closer. As much as I love my English Pointers, they run too big for pheasants. I was introduced to vizslas years ago in Kansas since most of the guides I hunt with use them. So last year when I needed to replace a dog, I decided to try a vizsla.
I spent several hours on the internet searching for breeders and found 4 kennels that I thought would have the dog I was looking for. One of the kennels was Midnight Run. I talked with Jon Peck at length and described to him that I needed a dog bold enough to run big in Texas, but one that would also hunt pheasants within range. He assured me that a vizsla would be able to do both and said he would help me pick out the dog that would meet my needs.
Jon is a very knowledgeable, very professional and he is a pleasure to deal with. Jon keeps you informed during your wait and sends pictures soon after the litter is whelped.
I flew to Battle Creek to pick "Jack" up in July 2009. The kennel was just as I imagined -- clean and well organized. Jack was a happy puppy, full of energy and very friendly. He integrated into our family immediately. Jack is one handsome dog!
At 4 months of age I took Jack to begin his training. My trainer has decades of experience training bird dogs -- mostly English Pointers. He was happy to train Jack, but had never seen a vizsla before. I could tell he was skeptical. His skepticism didn't last long. In the phone reports I got, I could hear the excitement in his voice over the rapid progress Jack was making. After 8 weeks, I went to pick Jack up. That day I watched my 6 month old puppy have 3 points, one honor and 3 retrieves. One retrieve was a blind retrieve and one was a water retrieve. As I left, my trainer said " this is as good a puppy as I have ever seen. You can kill birds in west Texas over him right now." He is now quite a fan of Jon's vizslas. Jack was at the trainer when our pheasant hunt was scheduled this year, but he has done well on our quail hunts even though this is a down year for quail in Texas. At 8 months, Jack is not afraid to range out to 200+ yards, but will turn when I whistle and find me. I am hunting him without an electronic collar or rope!!
So I can without hesitation and without reservation recommend Jon Peck and the dogs of Midnight Run Vizslas to you. I will be happy to speak with any prospective client -- Jon can give you my contact info. God Bless!
Submitted by: William True on Jan 14, 2010My name is William True and my girlfriend Lindsay and I came across Jonathan's site and Midnight Run through an internet search. We had waited a year to get the right dog. We were in no way disappointed with our decision.
Jonathan was able to guide us every step of the way to make sure that our pup would be perfect for us! Admittedly, we were not looking for a "gun dog". We both wanted wanted a wonderful companion to share our love with. What we got was Brooklyn. She was born on May 29th, 2009. Her father is Sisco and her mother is Diamond Lake Katie. Brooklyn was the largest of this litter at 10.6 lbs when we brought her home at 7 weeks. She is still a big girl! Just a few weeks over 7 months old, she is already 50 lbs.
We were able to pick from several different females and Jonathan helped to guide us towards the pup that exhibited the traits we were most looking for. We asked for an even tempered, outgoing pup who would be willing to share an exciting life with two first time dog owners. Quite a task! Brooklyn has been the greatest dog anyone could ask for. She is outgoing and adventerous. She is affectionate, yet not emotionally depenent. She is energetic, and yet she can curl onto a couch cusion for hours on a rainy day!
Brooklyn is loving, intelligent, emotional and chalked full of personality in the best possible way! A dog will be what you train it to be. I believe that Brooklyn owes her demeanor in no small part to Jonathan's head-start!