If the dog you are looking for should be athletic and active, with an aristocratic appearance, yet family devoted, you might be looking for the Vizsla.
This is a breed that was “designed” in Hungary, to be a retriever and a pointer. But, all that this dog craves for is love from his owner and his family.
Sure, if you are a hunter, the Vizsla will be a perfect companion for each adventure, yet, it will be happiest when the entire family is together in one room. These are the moments the Vizslas live for.
The Vizsla is a great pet dog choice for active families that can provide the level of exercise this dog needs.
- But, how can you be sure that you’ve found the perfect puppy?
- Can you trust the breeder you want to buy the puppy from?
- Once you are home with the pup, what then?
- How will you train him?
These are just some of the questions you should have the answers to. And, to help you find those answers, we have prepared an in-depth Vizsla guide.
We will save you the time you would spend on the research, and make sure you are making the right choice at the end.
For starters, let’s take a look at what you need to know before you buy the puppy.
The Vizsla Puppies – Before You Buy…
Before buying a puppy of any breed, there are plenty of things you should get informed about and pay attention to when choosing the breeder.
But, the first thing you should do when you start thinking about becoming a Vizsla owner is to check if the price range suits you.
It would be a shame to fall in love with the breed only to discover later that you can’t afford it, wouldn’t it?
So, let’s see if your budget allows you to take a Vizsla puppy to your home.
What price are the Vizsla puppies?
The price for a Vizsla puppy depends a lot on where you live. But, if you want a high-quality puppy you want it from a responsible breeder.
This way, you will make sure that your dog is with a good gene heritage bloodline, and health clearances on both parents and even grandparents.
For such a puppy, you can expect the price range starting at some $1K to $1.5K per pup.
Naturally, if you are looking for a champion that will take back home dog-show medals and trophies, you will have to be ready to cash out an additional thousand or even more.
How to find reputable Vizsla breeders?
In order to find a healthy puppy with a good genetic heritage, you need to know what to look for.
For example, once you’ve decided that the Vizsla is the breed you want to own, it’s time to find a reputable, AKC acknowledged breeder that stands behind his dogs.
Such a breeder will gladly meet you and show you his dogs because he is proud of them.
He will also tell you a lot of useful things about the breed itself, and help you make sure that this is the right breed for you based on your expectations from a dog.
You should avoid breeders that don’t know much about the breed and seem like they met with you just to take your money and see you out the door.
Furthermore, a reputable breeder invests in his dogs and you will see complete medical history documentation for all of his pups, as well as for both parents and in some cases even grandparents.
You should not buy a puppy from a breeder that hasn’t health tests cleared both the parents and if the pups haven’t had all their necessary shots.
If the breeder shows you all the necessary documentation, seems like he cares for the breed and know plenty about it, and shows you the pup’s parents so that you can see their temperament and know what to expect from the pup, you are dealing with a professional breeder and this is who you want to buy your puppy from.
In any other case, you might be dealing with a backyard breeder that lacks the necessary breeding experience, or a puppy mill owner, who is in just for the money and has extremely low-quality pups.
3 Little-known facts about the Vizsla puppies
In this part, you will get more familiar with some lesser known facts about the Vizsla puppies.
- They are not meant to live outside
The Vizsla is a family dog and that means he needs to live with the family, inside the home, not outside of it.
They are not ready for low temperatures because of their coat, and they can be sad without human companionship, especially during their puppy stage.
- Clean dogs
Vizslas are famous for their low shedding properties. You will need to brush your dog only once a week to help him get rid of his dead hair.
Also, due to the fact that they don’t have that distinctive doggy odor, the bath times will be down to a minimum.
- They are known as Velcro dogs
Vizslas simply love their human family and will follow them anywhere they go, all the time.
Don’t be surprised if your puppy starts following you around the house, wanting to have physical contact with you all the time.
Physical Traits of the Vizsla
This is the part where we talk about the size and life expectancy of your Vizsla. Hint, they are known for reaching the old dog age.
How big is a full-grown Vizsla?
The Vizsla is a relatively lightweight dog that can grow up to 24 inches high while weighing up to 65 pounds.
Females, on the other hand, are smaller and they usually reach 23 inches in height and have a weight that is around 45 pounds.
What is the life expectancy of the Vizsla?
As we mentioned, the Vizslas have a relatively long lifespan and on average, they can live from 10 to 14 years.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Vizsla
The Vizsla breed is well known for being very affectionate. But, they tend to get especially attached to their human family.
The so-called “Velcro” attachment comes from their hunting genes, where they needed to stay close with the hunter owner, never going away for too far.
They are the same even today, thus their tendency to follow you around be by your side every time you move.
Therefore, if you are not into having your dog shadow you all the time, then this might not be the right breed for you.
However, even though they are real, live Velcros, the Vizslas are hard workers and they are quite versatile.
Your Vizsla will be happiest when having a job to do, whether we are talking about fetching you your newspapers or being your faithful jogging partner.
As for their personality, the Vizslas are generally gentle, active, and affectionate and people oriented.
Also, they are extremely intelligent and great learners, so the training goes quick and in most cases uncomplicated.
But, without proper training, if left alone, they can become easily bored and destructive.
To avoid having such problems with your dog, you should begin the training early and use stimulating toys, so that your dog has exercise and mental challenges on a daily level.
You will soon discover that with your companionship, your dog is shaping up to be a dog that has an unbeatable easy to please nature.
Just keep in mind that these dogs respond well to kindness during the training, so harsh training is unnecessary to them.
Also, as any other dog, to display their general welcoming personality and avoid incidents with other dogs or your neighbors, you likewise need to start with the socialization as soon as possible.
By exposing your puppy to different dogs, animals, and people, you are making sure that your Vizsla pup grows up into a fine-mannered gentleman.
They are usually good with children, and their relatively high energy levels are great for playtimes in the backyard.
So, no wonder families often choose this breed to be their pet dog – You get a dog and a babysitter that will wear out the kids during the day.
Regardless of the breed, a dog’s meal should be made of high-quality dog food. Your Vizsla is an active, athletic dog and he needs animal protein.
Therefore, your Vizsla’s diet should be based on meat. Of course, he will also need vegetables for vitamins and minerals.
As for how many times a day to feed your dog since they are in their development stage, pups need up to 4 meals until they grow a little, after which you can cut one meal out.
When your Vizsla is fully grown, he will need no more than two meals per day.
How much Exercise does a Vizsla need?
With Vizslas, it’s all about the exercise. Give him an hour a day to run plus a half an hour walk, and he will be the happiest dog.
The best way to properly burn out his accumulated energy and feed his brain, we recommend at least two half an hour to 45-minute-long walks, each time combined with some 30 minutes of playing with other dogs in the park or fetching a ball or a stick.
The Vizsla Health and Conditions
The Vizslas are generally known as healthy dogs. But, as with any other dog breed, they can also have certain health issues that can be either caused by the lifestyle or genetically inherited.
In your Vizsla’s case, the health issues you should keep in mind and monitor are hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, epilepsy, eye disorders, and hypothyroidism.
This is why you need to have an insight into all the health tests clearings the pup’s parents had.
My final thoughts on the Vizsla
So, with the health section, we have reached the end of our Vizsla in-depth guide.
By now, we are sure that you’ve become a Vizsla expert, and that you now know what to keep in mind when it comes to this breed.
To make sure you are making the right choice, let’s brush up on what we’ve learned today.
The Vizslas is a breed that is well known for being affectionate, gentle, and well mannered.
This robust hunting dog is light on his feet, agile, and athletic, and that’s why he needs regular exercise. And, he also needs plenty of personal attention.
Without all of the above, your Vizsla can become easily bored, and that’s when they become destructive and hyperactive.
They will, however, get along quite nicely with everyone, including other dogs and people, but they need early and proper socialization.
Furthermore, of all the pointing breeds, this is the one that is the most independent but responds exceptionally well to training. And, they are great in advanced obedience training.
All in all, a great dog for active lifestyle families or for people who have hunting as a hobby.
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Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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- The Vizsla Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Vizsla
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Vizsla
- Vizsla Diet
- The Vizsla Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Vizsla