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Is Vizsla The Right Dog For You?

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Vizslas are cuddly, playful, and sweet that you might want to take one home the moment you get close to them.   Before you do that, know them first and think further.

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Vizslas originate from Hungary.  This breed of dogs is very active for they are very sporty and said to be the pride of Hungarian sportsmen.   With great stamina, they can last long days in the field.  Just like any other breeds of dogs, Vizslas’ truly sweet, loving, and playful nature brings joy around your home.

Tim Hoke, a Vizsla breeder of about 15 years, call them Velcro dogs because they love to attach themselves around your hips and that’s where they want to stay.

Appearance And Personality

The Vizslas have a smooth golden-rust coat.  They are lean and stand between 21 to 24 inches at the shoulder.  They have long silky ears.

Vizslas are light-footed hunter.   They work intensely and are very close to humans.  They tend to develop an extraordinary tight bond with their owners.  They don’t like to be left alone.  Once you leave your Vizsla inside your home alone, be prepared for the damage it could cause.

A Vizsla has many talents and is a real busybody.   He excels in various sports.  His great endurance makes him an ideal jogging, hiking, or biking companion.

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Nutrition

Most Vizslas have a good appetite because they are energetic.  You can give them either high-quality commercially manufactured dog food or home prepared ones.  You can ask your vet’s supervision if you’re quite not sure yet of what to offer him.  Giving treats is useful during training, but giving too many treats can cause him to be obese.  Dogs are prone to becoming overweight, so you have to watch out for that.  Fresh and clean water is essential in a dog’s diet.  Make sure that he has a bowl of it all the time.

Grooming

The Vizsla is easy to groom as it has a short and sleek coat.  They do shed, so occasional brushing can be helpful.  You can bathe your dog with lukewarm water and a dog soap.   Be sure to rinse him thoroughly.  Keep his toenails short and ears clean.   Check for signs of wax buildup or irritation.  They can develop an ear infection.  Teeth and gum cleaning is also essential.

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Activity

Vizslas are active hunting dogs.  They love to hike, run, and chase birds and other animals.

According to Tim Hoke, they are highly skilled in working in the field.   They were raised to follow horseback riders all day, point out, and retrieve game, so they really have high activity levels.   They just love to run and retrieve.

Though each dog’s need varies, physical and mental exercises are both essential.  You can allow a minimum of 30 minutes of active exercise, but other dogs may need more than that.  You should also make training a part of the Vizsla’s activity for mental well-being.  This breed has a high level of intelligence and curiosity, and can sometimes be manipulative.  Teaching Vizslas proper behavior and establishing good communication can make training easier.  You can make them play with interactive toys or boomerang or do a scavenger hunt.   Untrained Vizslas can really be a pain in the ass.

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Health Issues

Though Vizslas are generally considered to be a healthy breed, they can suffer from Von Willebrand disease and epilepsy.   Von Willebrand is a common inherited blood clotting disease in dogs.  They can also be prone to hip dysplasia.

Vizslas are wonderful companions, but some claim that it’s tough to live with one.  Because they are incredibly active, they can be very destructive, chewing furniture and walls, and pulling TV wires out of the cabinet.  They can always cause trouble if you can’t keep them busy as they have to burn off so much energy.  But despite this, you will love them to be around because they are very affectionate.  They give you kisses, will sit on your lap, and just like to cuddle.

The Vizsla is great to be around, but if you’re not the active type, think again.

 

References:

Vizsla (n.d.).  Retrieved from https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/vizsla/

 

Dogumentary TV.  (2017, June 10).   All about Vizsla: hungarian sporting dog [Video file].  Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLTdf8k5KcQ

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