About Belatarr.

We are Tim and Adam, regularly augmented by Tim’s teenage son Fred. We live at Wolfvalley in the midst of a woodland in deepest rural North Devon, UK,  along with Phoenix, Mingus, Django & Lyra the HWV’s and our cat, Midge. Before we were here we (and the cat) lived in Stepney, East London, (for far too long).  Midge has brought a little of that East London attitude with her to our rural idyll.

Wolfvalley in the snow.

Tim grew up with, and occasionally bred gundogs on Dartmoor prior to moving to London, and, after many years of meeting and greeting different breeds, we drew up a shortlist of those that we liked the most and that best fitted our environment and lifestyle. Both German Wirehaired Pointers and Slovakian Rough Haired Pointers were strongly considered, but we were ultimately won over by the very affectionate, human-centered nature of the HWV, as well as the passion of the fantastic network of enthusiasts for the breed in the UK.

The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla (correctly pronounced approx: VEESH-luh rather than VIZZ-la) was, until 2011, classified as a rare breed in the UK.  The breed is a member of the small and select HPR (Hunt, Point, Retrieve) group of versatile gundogs, and was initially developed in Hungary in the 1930s by crossing two solid liver coloured German Wirehaired Pointer sires with two Hungarian Vizsla dams.  Irish Setter, Bloodhound and Pudelpointer bloodlines were all added into the developing breed later in order to enlarge the genetic pool.

Mingus & Tim winning Best Puppy in Show at Cambourne & Redruth Open.

We are members of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme and the long-term health and welfare of all Belatarr puppies is of paramount importance to us. Those who are selected as a future home for one of our puppies become part of the extended Belatarr family, and the day a puppy leaves for their new home is very much the start of a life-long relationship of care, advice, and reunions.

Our aims when breeding are always to produce healthy, happy and well socialised young dogs that are also excellent examples of the breed. Whilst showing is a high priority for us, our own dogs are our companions, first and foremost and are very much at the heart of the family with much of our day-to-day activity revolving around them.

Four puppies from Phoenix’ 2011 litter were selected for the show ring and all 4 have already achieved major wins at both Championship and Open Show level, including 2 CC’s, 2 Show Certificates of Merit and many Best of Sex & BOB’s – as these youngsters approach full maturity an exciting future undoubtedly lies ahead, both for them and their owners. A repeat mating in 2013 produced another lovely litter of 12, and several of these youngsters are also now making their mark in the ring, with young Belatarr Hercules unbeaten in Puppy Dog. Tim has passed the HWVCGB Breed Specific Seminar and also judges the breed at Open show level.

Belatarr HWV’s are raw fed from the earliest age, and, having seen the results on our dogs in terms of physical development, digestion and emotional well-being, we are firm advocates of using a natural, wild-based, raw-food diet for dogs.

The adult dogs are fed twice a day. After some experimentation with different options we now have a very easily prepared regular diet that the dogs absolutely love. The post-morning-walk feed consists of a 1lb (435g) pack of various different raw minced meats (beef, lamb, tripe & organ meat) mixed with 6 tablespoons of pulped fruit & veg with added apple cider vinegar & olive oil, full-fat milk (goat or cow) & green powder (kelp, alfalfa, nettle & parsley). Local free-range eggs, yoghurt and cottage cheese are all added as occasional extras. The post-evening-walk feed consists of 1 to 2 raw chicken backs/carcases or the equivalent weight of semi-frozen chicken or turkey wings – which are perfect for keeping teeth clean too. Larger rib and other raw bones are also occasionally given, primarily for gnawing.

We currently source our raw foods from Landywoods. There are reams of websites discussing raw feeding, but the Mikicin GWP’s site features this diet in a usefully detailed yet succinct way.

and finally…why the affix Belatarr?  Well, Béla Tarr is one of our favourite film directors, his Werckmeister Harmonies is probably our favourite film, plus, very importantly, like the Wirehaired Vizsla, he’s Hungarian. Phoenix came from Jane & David’s Tarndair kennel, and so it felt like we were paying homage to them with the echoed “Tar(r)”…all in all it always felt like the right name, it was our first choice and we were delighted that it was accepted by the Kennel Club.

13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. austringersam  |  17/09/2011 at 18:46

    Recommended Shearer: Colin Ottery – 01884 38782. Mobile: 07773440354
    e-mail: alpaca2shear@yahoo.co.uk

    Tim this is the guy I mentioned today. You can tell him that the photographer from Farmers Guardian recommended you speak to him, he will know who that is :-))
    sam

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  • 2. andy marriner brighton based  |  13/07/2012 at 12:27

    hello, you guys have any litters planned AUTUMN 2012 onwards .

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    • 3. Phoenix  |  24/07/2012 at 16:41

      Hello Andy,

      Nothing this year, the next litter is planned for mid 2013.

      All the best
      Tim

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  • 4. andy marriner brighton based  |  24/07/2012 at 18:22

    MID 2013 !! – thats great and could well suit our time scale perfectly . Please add us to any prospective owners list and contact us when plans are confirmed – would be delighted to expand the Belattar family in the south east…..
    take care guys

    Andym

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    • 5. Phoenix  |  26/07/2012 at 14:28

      Thanks Andy – have added your details to our list!

      All the best
      Tim

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  • 6. Belinda Perry  |  27/10/2012 at 18:44

    Hello, I’m interested in speaking with you regarding your upcoming litter, 2013. Can you please contact me at your convenience? Best, Belinda

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  • 7. Jason Cheeseman  |  29/07/2013 at 16:50

    Hello, I have got to comment this is a great site and your dogs look fantastic. I was wondering if you could answer a simple question for me? After reading about the diet you feed your dogs I was wondering if the amount you feed your dogs, 1lb of minced meat is that individually or divided between the dogs, silly question I know but best to ask if your not sure.
    Many thanks in advance.

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    • 8. Phoenix  |  30/07/2013 at 16:24

      Hi Jason, the adult dogs each get 1lb (1/2KG) of minced meat + veg mix + green powder + occasional eggs for breakfast. In the evening they get chicken carcasses, (1 to 2 per dog, depending on carcass size).
      Hope that’s of some help!
      Tim

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  • 9. Alastair  |  19/11/2013 at 15:27

    Hi Chaps –
    Im interested in getting a wire, and have found the information on your site, and the links to the Raw feeding site some good food for thought. Its getting towards the right time for us to take the plunge ( nearly) and I was wondering if you may have any pointers towards other Wire breeders who you would reccomend for us to source the new addition to our family from, unfortunately we were not in a position to ask you when I saw you had a litter planned, so next best thingm as for advice!
    Thanks in Advance 🙂

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  • 10. Phil Morgan  |  30/12/2013 at 16:50

    Hi guys – Having lost both our West Highland Terriers this year (one was 16 the other 18) we decided upon a larger dog this time around. My brother-in-law has a HWV (Rufus) and we love the breed. We were also drawn to the Italian Spinone so, as we had never seen one, today we went to a local dog show (Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester near Cambridge) to see if we could meet one and talk to owners/breeders of both, The show confirmed to us that the HWV is the breed for us. We met a gorgeous 5 month old HWV which was bought from yourselves and the owner could not praise you highly enough. He gladly gave us your details. Immediately you can see what dedicated breeders are from your website.

    So, the big question… when will you be having your next litter?

    Alternatively, do you have details of any breeders you would recommend in the Cambridgeshire area (that said.. we’re more than happy to travel for reputable breeder).

    Hope you an help…all the best…Phil

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  • 11. Louise  |  31/12/2013 at 13:45

    Hi

    Would you be able to advise when your next litter is due? We have family in North Devon and it would be lovely to have a local puppy! Many Thanks, Louise

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  • 12. Aster Crawshaw  |  04/02/2014 at 22:29

    Hello! We are hoping to welcome a Wirehaired Vizsla into our family at some point this year. Are you expecting to have a litter this year? If so, it would be great if I could give you a call for a chat. Many thanks. Aster

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  • 13. Stephanie Cook  |  04/04/2014 at 13:12

    Hello, I wondered if you have a contact number as I have been pointed in your direction by a friend and fellow HWV owner whos opinion I value highly so would love to chat to you over the phone about your HWV and if your up coming litter. I very much look forward to hearing from you soon. Many thanks

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