Brian McHughs

Brian McHughs

 

So this is the page I get to share a little about me, with you.

I grew up in a small mountain town, Gypsum, Colorado to be exact.  It was a great place to grow up, small enough that you could stay pretty much out of trouble, and it was located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.  Being located in the mountains, I literally could be in the middle of nowhere in just minutes.  Growing up there I explored the outdoors.  I loved to hike, camp, fish, and hunt and there wasn’t a better place on Earth for a young man who loved the outdoors.  I come by this love for the outdoors and dogs pretty naturally.  My grandfather, who is no longer with us, grew up raising Champion Coon Hounds.  I should mention my family is rooted in southern Illinois where raccoon hunting is more prevalent.  If you have read ‘Where The Red Fern Grows’ then you will understand what I’m talking about.  Some of my most intense memories is of going out with my uncles as a very young boy, into the middle of the most gnarly briar filled woods, cold, wet, and waiting, sitting…until one of the hounds would call out in that hound howl, signifying they had come onto the trail of game.  Then the fun of following those dogs as they expertly tracked their quarry through fields, river bottoms, brush and briar patches.  All this in the middle of the night with only a couple of headlamps and flashlights to guide the way…it was great.  I truly loved watching these dogs do what they were bred to do.  My love for hunting with my Vizslas, and the commitment to their bird work and training, is a direct result of those early childhood experiences.  To me there is something very exciting and rewarding, seeing a dog work or perform in the job they have been bred to do.  That being said, I also know that for a dog to perform efficiently and effectively, it must be structured correctly.  That is to say, the actual physical structure of the dog, tight hip joints and powerful leg muscles drive the dog through the field and uneven terrain.  Deep chests allow dogs to breathe easy and give them, endurance.  Each aspect of the dog’s physical structure plays a critical part in how the dog performs.  Even the subtle shape and characteristics of the eye and eye lids play a part.  The correct structured eye will assist in keeping burrs, dirt, and seeds from getting into the dogs eye.  I believe it is critical that a dog be proven in the conformation before it is bred.  Showing a dog to its AKC Championship is a way of validating its structural conformation to the AKC breed standard.  I feel the same in regards to field titles on dogs.  I believe showing and hunt titles are tools that should be utilized to confirm a dogs conformation to the breed standard and their hunting ability.

I am a member of the VCA (Vizsla Club of America), I am a founding member of the RMVC (Rocky Mountain Vizsla Club) and was in fact the first elected President of the RMVC!  I spend most of my free time either following the show ring, in the training field doing bird work, or some other activity with my dogs and family.  If I’m not doing one of those things, I probably can be found watching one of my favorite professional teams (all from Colorado)…usually with at least one of the Vizslas snuggled up next to me on the couch!

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