The Hungarian Vizsla would have to be one of my most favorite breeds and what I thought would be a great start for the breed profiles.
Vizslas are described as “Versatile Vizsla” “Velcro Vizsla” and the all round hunter.Versatile because of their great intelligence and many skills, in the hunting world, they range from beings pointers to retrievers and do well in any form of dog sports. Always looking for a job to please you and stimulate their own mind. They are known as a Velcro dogs because of their love for their owner, their ability to shadow you from room to room and the need for having a least one part of their body touching you at all time whether that is leaning against you or just a paw on your lap.
While these sorts of traits are what makes this breed so brilliant it is also these traits that may not make them suited to your life style. Vizslas are not for the average family seeking a simple pet dog experience, they will however suit an owner that enjoys a challenge and has a love for the outdoor life.
Vizslas on one hand can be expressive, gentle and affectionate, but on the other hand to be put short an absolute nut case. Their high energy and very athletic build will see them do laps around the back yard even after a long walk. They thrive on human companionship and can suffer from separation anxiety. They are very gentle with children but because of their high energy and innate ability to mouth everything they should never be left unsupervised. They do well with other pets and dogs if socialised properly but because of their hunting skills should be careful around small animals.
Training and socialising is a must for this breed. They can be difficult to handle if they are not trained from young and can become shy and timid if not socialised correctly. They do not respond well to harsh training but do need firm consistent training. Vizsla can be unruly as puppies and if left alone for long periods of time can become very bored and destructive so need basic obedience training and a lot of mental stimulation. Vizslas usually reach puberty at about 7-10 months. Their may be a change in attitude to show they are no longer a pup by asserting their authority.
Exercise, exercise, exercise plus work and mental stimulation are what will keep a Vizsla happy and healthy. If you are interested in dog sports and agility then the Vizsla is perfect. They are great for those outdoor adventure types as they love long hikes and will always stick by your side. Young Puppies should not be over exercised while bones are forming.
These are wash and wear dogs who clean themselves like cats. Their coat is short, and if there are no allergies present, don’t usually have a doggy smell. They do however shed all year round so a weekly brush with a rubber curry brush and a bath when necessary will reduce the amount of hair in the house. Vizsla nails are tough and don’t usually wear down, so regular clipping is necessary, their nails should not be heard when they walk.
Vizslas are generally healthy dogs but because of near extinction between WWI and WWII, they have a small gene pool. Some of the diseases they are susceptible to are
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