First registered for breeding in July 2010, the principal of Metropolis, Robyn Hanney, had decades of experience at Australia’s premier commercial law firm, before reskilling and pursuing other interests. She has owned and been involved with Hungarian Vizslas since 1999.
Metropolis breeds for easy going temperament and English type, and proudly continues the bloodlines of Kimlise Hungarian Vizslas. Like Kimlise, we aim to produce excellent companions with temperament and conformation conforming to the English breed standard, able to perform as gundogs if desired.
While our dogs have been very successful in the show ring, with in Show wins at both All Breeds and Specialty shows, we aim to nourish all aspects of their gun dog character. Our dogs live as pets and in kennels. They enjoy hours free in our yards and in our home, taking advantage of our bespoke facilities, as well as outings to Sydney, various shows, and elsewhere.
Certain standards of behavior have always been expected of Metropolis dogs, and to that extent any interaction can be a training exercise. Metropolis dogs are allowed to be dogs. When conditions permit, they roll in manure, swim in dams, hunt through grass, and follow interesting smells. If they point birds or other animals on a walk, we encourage that pointing. Generally they love to swim. Their living arrangements have deliberately been designed to provide stimulation and to enable them to nourish their vizsla passions. Our dogs flourish on a philosophy of consistent discipline, plenty of exercise, and affection We believe in correction and redirection in order to guide the dog to find the desired action for itself.
Our pups are exposed to a range of stimuli, including undertaking neurological stimulation exercises to increase their resilience to stress and boost their immune systems, exposure to leads, and crate training. Significant hours are invested in each pup, preparing them to deal with the world they are about to enter. We also deliberately expose our dogs to a range of social situations (human and canine), which enables us to be confident of their behavior in most circumstances.
Metropolis breeds to provide good dogs for good homes. There is generally a waiting list for pups, but at times there may be dogs who need to be rehomed. Metropolis aims to place vizslas in the home best suited to each dog, and to provide buyers with the vizsla best suited to them. For more information about our approach, you can visit our Puppies page.