About Our Dogs: How We’re Different

What distinguishes Metropolis from other dogs and breeders?

We hold ourselves and our dogs accountable to high standards, and we expect the same of others we deal with. As a result, we have references from vets, Olympians, senior lawyers, and other high achievers in their professions willing to attest to our professionalism, reliability, and levels of support provided. We rarely rehome dogs after the age of 3, and while any of our dogs is with us, we treat them as our pets, the same as all our other pets.

You can read some of our many references and testimonials below. Names have been withheld for privacy.


Metropolis collaborates with a number of people who are experts in their fields, in order to benefit its breeding program and ultimately its dogs and their families. Those professionals include experts in canine reproduction, veterinarians, animal behaviouralists.

Pitswarren Kennels in the UK has been a significant support to Metropolis since our inception, and collaborated closely with us for a few years before we exported UK Sh Ch Metropolis Patriarch Nexus By Pitswarren (AI) (Imp Aus) to them. and they Aust Ch Pitswarren Magnum Opus of Metropolis (Imp UK) to us. Their expertise and advice has been invaluable.

Other expert collaborations:

Jenni Staniforth, who for decades acted as Breed Information Officer with the Hungarian Vizsla Club of Victoria, has been generous with her knowledge of Australian bloodlines.

Several of our dogs are owned by vets or siblings of vets, and we consult with some of those vets if we have general questions or wish to question something we have read. Our own vets willingly provide helpful information. We have also worked closely with professionals in canine reproduction.

For several years we collaborated with the youngest ever Breeder of Merit in the USA. This provided us with insight into differences between the practices of breeders and handlers in the USA, as well as American bloodlines.

Our local BarkBusters trainer has attained a Masters level in the BarkBusters canine training methodology, as well as owning one of our Vizslas, sister to our homebred UK record setting Crufts winner, UK Sh Ch Metropolis Patriarch Nexus By Pitswarren (AI) (Imp UK). Phillipa also holds an EFA Level 2 accreditation as a horse riding instructor, and has also independently pursued the philosophy of natural horsemanship. She has partnered with us to provide 2 complementary Zoom sessions and basic puppy training equipment to each of our puppy families as well as helping us with some of the matters we attend to before our pups go to their new homes. BarkBusters was so impressed with our dogs' temperaments that it invited us to speak at its 2023 Australian Trainer Conference.

For several years we collaborated with the Head of Animal Science at TAFE NSW, who was also the former President of the Vet Nurses Council of Australia.