Welcome to the comprehensive compendium of all things Vizsla Lab! In this guide, we’ll talk about this crossbreed in detail, as well as its two parent breeds.
The first thing you will want to know is what to call them. Aside from “best friend,” Vizsla Labs are also known as Vizslabs, Vizsladors, or Labralas. This is a dog with a great deal of personality and a large amount of energy. If you are considering one for your home, congratulations! You are one step closer to a companion who will forever change your life. Before you make that decision, however, let’s learn a little more about the Vizsla Lab.
Both parent breeds are pretty similar in physical size, so the crossbreed is also similar. They average anywhere from 20 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder. While Vizslas tend to be sleek, the Lab is a bit stockier. You can expect the crossbreed to range anywhere from 40 to 80 pounds. Most dogs of this breed turn out on the medium to medium-large end of the spectrum when it comes to size, but of course, outliers do exist.
The Vizsla is known for its golden brown color, while the Labrador is known for three distinct colors: chocolate, black, and yellow. When it comes to the crossbreed, it is impossible to predict which color the coat will be. Vizslas have shorter coats than Labs, but both dogs shed.
You can expect a mixture of facial features as well. Labs have the classic “puppy dog” eyes, while the Vizsla is a breed that always looks shocked. The Vizsla also looks like a classic hound, with floppy ears and slobbery jowls, and both breeds love to walk around with their tongue out, tail wagging, ready to plop down next to you, especially if you have treats. Labrador ears are a little less floppy.
A product of two smart parents, it is no surprise that this crossbreed is every bit as intelligent. They’re also very energetic. Vizsladors love to play, especially once they get to know and love you. Because of their smarts, they are relatively easy to train.
They are a little immature, but in a totally charming way. This is the type of dog that when you get home from work, they will completely forget all their training and boundaries and will jump and wag and lick. Some people like this, some people don’t. There is a thought in the dog community that once a puppy hits one year old, they lose some of their immaturity. With the Vizslador, you might want to give it two years.
This is not the type of dog that you want to get if you work all day and they have nowhere to go. This dog needs love and affection and plenty of room to run. If not trained properly as a puppy, this breed can be a bit of an issue as an adult, but they are fast learners, especially when young, and are eager to please. You will want to keep your training interesting with these dogs, as they get bored easily. Also, these dogs respond well to treats.
Labralas are the type of dog that will always be at your side once they fall in love with you. They love to cuddle anytime, anywhere. Once you have been accepted into this dog’s heart, they are loyal and loving.
Sometimes this breed has separation anxiety, which can be its own hurdle. Working closely with animal professionals can help. This is the type of dog that will stay at the door when you leave, and when you get home, you’ll wonder if they ever moved. Social training is important with Vizsladors because they can exhibit signs of jealousy. It might make you feel loved, but it might also get you kicked out of a dog park or two.
This breed is protective of those they love. This can be a bit intimidating to strangers, but it is one of the reasons that these are such great family dogs. They are especially affectionate with children they grow up with.
Health Care and Common Health Issues
The Vizsla lab is a historically healthy dog, which can be attributed to the parent breeds. While both Labs and Vizslas are known for good health, there is a common theory in breeding that bred dogs are generally healthier than their parents. Of course, with any breed, there are illnesses and injuries that are common among them. Routine check-ups with the vet is a great way to stay on top of anything that might arise and will allow your dog to live to the fullest. After all, they are just like us and want to play as much as possible!
You can expect the Vizsla Lab to be susceptible to the same things that the parent dogs are susceptible to. So, while (theoretically) healthier, it does double the amount of injury and illness that the breed is at risk of, including: hip dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans, cataracts, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, Von Willebrand’s disease, hemophilia, entropion, retinal atrophy and progressive retinal atrophy, cancer, panosteitis, hypertrophic osteodystrophy, patellar luxation, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, distichiasis, tricuspid valve dysplasia, and bloating. While that sounds like a lot to be worried about, regular visits to the vet will keep your dog in tip-top shape.
The key to keeping your dog healthy and happy is exercise, a good diet, and plenty of love. This is the type of breed that will keep playing to the point of exhaustion, so you will have to be the one to set boundaries!
As for the cleaning of your pet, this breed requires much less than other breeds. You’ll still want to give your pup a good brushing every now and then to promote good skin and fur health, but they shed minimally and their coat takes care of itself for the most part. Of course, you will want to bathe your pup regularly, as well as provide routine dental care and clip their nails. If you haven’t clipped a dog’s nails before, do not assume that you know how! Either consult your vet or have a groomer teach you. Clipping too close puts the “ow” in “howl”!
Since the Vizslador is such a high energy dog in the medium to large size range, they do require a good amount of calories. They are also prone to obesity and bloating, so they have dietary concerns. With your pup, you will want to feed them foods that are high in protein to help keep them strong and energetic. Foods with wheat or grain generally are frowned upon, as they can lead to obesity and bloating. Since this breed is susceptible to diabetes, you will also want to watch their sugar levels. You will want to confer with your vet on your pet’s diet.
Treats are great for training, as this dog is most definitely food motivated, but don’t overdo it! We know, it’s very hard to deny your pup a treat, especially when they shoot you this look:
A Lesson in Labs
The Labrador was first recognized by kennel clubs in the early 1900s, though it had been around for a couple hundred years before that. Bred as a sporting dog, these canines were often used for hunting. The name “Labrador” is largely believed to have come from the Earl of Malmesbury, who lived in Newfoundland and referred to his dog as a Labrador, most likely because it came from a region north, named Labrador.
In the early 1800s, the Labrador made its way over to England and then eventually, the United States. It was officially recognized as a breed in 1903 by the Kennel Club in England. In 1916, the Labrador Club was formed, though in the early stages, there were only about 20 dogs in the club.
Labradors are ubiquitous in our world now. They’ve been on the covers of major magazines and the stars of movies, as well as the stars of our homes and hearts. While they are still used for hunting and fishing, you can also find plenty of Labs hunkering down with their duck-shaped squeaky toy on a couch near you.
Visions of Vizsla
The Vizsla, which means pointer in Hungarian, is a breed that has been around for quite some time. Originally, this was a dog of nobility who joined kings on hunting trips in Hungary. This breed doesn’t want to go and play with others; they want to be by your side while you prepare whatever it is they helped you hunt down.
This was the most popular breed among Hungarian leaders and warlords from the 1500s all the way to World War II. Before this point, their blood had been kept pure, and they were held closely by the elite who owned them. However, after World War II, they had nearly gone extinct. Hungarians feared that any takeover would result in the extinction of Vizslas, as they represented aristocracy, so they exported them out to Austria and the Americas.
This spread of the Vizsla helped them resurface as a popular breed, as they went from almost extinct to a dog recognized across the world. As Hungary’s borders tightened, Vizslas started popping up in countries like Italy, Germany, Poland, and Russia. They became so popular in the United States that they were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960. We officially recognize them as adorable and awesome.
My Final Thoughts on the Vizsla Lab Mix
While the origin of the crossbreed isn’t exactly known, it is thought that the mixture of a Lab and a Vizsla would make something of a hunting super dog. Since both parent breeds are used for hunting and are fiercely loyal, it was figured that the mix of the two would be the same. This has turned out to be the case, but as their profile has risen, so have pet owners and families.
More and more Vizsladors are being purchased and adopted, and it’s easy to see why! However, there is controversy surrounding the breeding of this dog, as they are highly sought after and profitable. It is important when buying a Vizsla Lab that you confirm that the mother of your puppy has a close relationship with the breeder; otherwise, you might have no idea what you’re in for.
You can also seek out a Vizsla Lab at a rescue, but those are few and far between, though breed-specific rescues do exist. Chances are that you will not find a puppy at a rescue, though.
This is a wonderful breed of dog that if trained properly, can make any family happy.
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