- Full Name
- Alternate Names
- Hungarian Pointer
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- Life Span
- 10 - 14 years
- 50 - 65 pounds
The Vizsla, a sociable and clever dog, demands a lot of physical exercise and human connection. They are prone to separation anxiety as well as a dread of loud noises like thunderstorms and fireworks. Because of their sensitive and physically demanding nature, they need an owner who is willing to put in the exercise with them, and who is willing to have a dog that is always by their side.
Given their hunting heritage, Vizslas don't fare well in kennels and prefer to be with their owners in the outdoors. They are quite clever, and they require activities to keep them engaged in order to avoid harmful behaviors like biting and digging. They want to please their owners, and as long as they have an owner who is willing to put in the work, they will be rewarded with an incredible dog.
- Bred For
- Pointing and trailing
- Family Considerations
- Child Friendly
- Stranger Friendly
- Dog Friendly
- Likes to Cuddle
- Service Dog Ability
- Overall Ease of Breed
- Ease for Novice
- Training Potential
- Amount of Shedding
- Ease of Grooming
- Exercise Need
- Amount of Barking
- Guard Dog Ability
- Tolerates Being Alone
- Home and Environment Considerations
- Good for Apartment Living
- Tolerates Heat
- Tolerates Cold
- Potential to Run Away
- Physical Characteristics
- General Health
- Energy Level
- Amount of Drooling
- Prey Drive
Is the Vizsla good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.
Is the Vizsla friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.
Is the Vizsla friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.
Does the Vizsla like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.
Does the Vizsla like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.
Does the Vizsla make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.
Is the Vizsla good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.
How well can the Vizsla be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Vizsla. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.
Does the Vizsla shed a lot?
Is the Vizsla easy to groom?
Does the Vizsla need a lot of exercise?
How smart is the Vizsla?
How much does the Vizsla bark? Does the Vizsla bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.
Is the Vizsla a good guard dog?
Is the Vizsla good at staying alone? Is the Vizsla independent?
Is the Vizsla a good apartment dog? Can the Vizsla live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.
How big is the Vizsla?
How much does the Vizsla tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Vizsla?
How much does the Vizsla tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Vizsla?
Does the Vizsla try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.
Is the Vizsla a healthy dog? The general health of a Vizsla should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.
How energetic is the Vizsla? Is the Vizsla too energetic for your lifestyle?
How much does the Vizsla drool?
Does the Vizsla have a large prey drive? Does the Vizsla like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.
Is the Vizsla atheltic? Is the Vizsla fast and strong?
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