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 Former Carpenter Builds a Vizsla Empire

By Walter R. Fletcher

New York Times (1857-current file); Oct 28, 1976; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2005) pg. 70


“I started as a carpenter,” said Max Holland, “later became a contractor – following in my father's footsteps, for he had been a contractor for 25 years – and now I've gone to the dogs.”  That he has and in a big way.  Not only is he active with the Vizsla in all three phases of the sport – showing, obedience and field trials – but he also has a boarding kennel at Burnt Hills, NY, that handles up to 150 dogs and cats.


Holland started with the Vizsla, also known as the Hungarian pointer, in 1952, eight years before the breed was registered by the American Kennel Club.


“A friend, who also was a carpenter, imported a pair from England,” said Holland.  “We both hunted with them and I ran them in some fun field trials for him.”


It wasn't until 1964 that the upstater started seriously with the breed in the ring.  He bought a 2-year-old, Caesar, and showed him to his championship.  Then he worked the smooth-coated dog in the field and had several placements.  Caesar, now 14, has sired seven bench titleholders and one field.  Three weeks ago, a 9-month-old daughter, Firebrand's Kivanosi, was winners bitch at the national specialty, beating 44 other bitches.


Holland has one of the largest Vizsla kennels in the East, with 16 of the rusty-gold dogs, five of whom are champions, Szekeres Magyi, whom he considers the best he has ever owned, gained titles in this country, Canada and Bermuda.  “As far as I can determine, she's the only bitch in the United States to have won championships in three countries,” he said.


Among the Educated


Ch. Hollandia's Holgy is an apt performer among the educated set and has earned C.D. (companion dog) degrees in the United States and Canada.  Hollandia's Hadd-El-Hadd has a C.D.X. (companion dog excellent) and a Canadian C.D.


The upstater is particularly proud of Ch. Hollandia's Hebe Hoba, whom he currently is campaigning.  “I finished him the day before he was 2 years old, the youngest that any of mine have become champions,” he said.


“The Vizsla is an excellent close-working bird dog.  He has power and drive, a superior nose and is good in both upland hunting and waterfowl retrieving.


“Over the years there has been a trend to breed them bigger, particularly in the Midwest, where they wanted a dog with a longer leg to run faster in the trials.  I'm glad to see some of the judges now are putting down the big ones.  The preferred height for dogs in the standard is from 22 to 24 inches at the shoulders.  That makes for a medium-sized hunter and I feel that's what we are looking for.”




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