The Vizsla dog. A muscular, light-weight dog, full of energy and vitality. Built for endurance and speed, and when in full running mode, having balance, grace, and ground eating speed to spare.
Eye-catching good looks, with a dark rust-colored coat and eyes and nose to match. Framed by finely sculpted facial features, and a proud, upright bearing. Their intelligence shines from their eyes like a beacon.
In this article, we’re going to give you the low-down on the Vizsla (pronounced Veesh-la) and answer some important questions that any prospective owner is likely to have.
1. Is A Vizsla A Good Family Dog?
A serious question if you have kids in the family or your dog will come into regular contact with other people’s kids. They are people loving dogs and become physically and emotionally attached to their families. They are good with children.
Being a boisterous puppy they don’t quite get how big they are and small children are in danger of being knocked over. They can mouth and nip little kiddies. So gentle discipline and control need to be the order of the day. Because a Vizsla can be sensitive, no harsh or loud treatment is necessary.
They need attention and lots of it and don’t do well left alone for long periods. Begin socialization classes at a young age, the younger the better.
They are fine around cats if socialized properly, but small critters are definitely in danger near a Vizsla. Because of their hunting instincts, they may very well kill them if they get loose.
2. Do Vizsla Dogs Bark A Lot?
Even within a breed standard, dogs have individual personalities. Some Vizsla owners claim their dogs bark very little yet, other owners complain they love to listen to themselves.
If you find your Vizsla barks more than you expected with the breed, make sure you are giving him plenty of exercise and mental games. A Vizsla needs to be with his family, so if barking is an issue are you leaving him for longer periods then you should.
It may be a good idea to visit an animal behaviorist if none of the above applies.
3. Are Vizslas Aggressive?
It’s not a breed recognized for aggressive behavior. Yet, this can sometimes be down to a dog’s breeding. They are intelligent dogs, so they will test your patience.
If they show aggression it’s usually in protecting their family, if they perceive a threat.
4. How Much Exercise Will A Vizsla Need?
To be the pet parent of a Vizsla, you must lead an active lifestyle. They demand hikes, runs, and if you train them well make a splendid companion when you’re out biking or running.
You also need a safe area where you can unleash them. This is the best way for them to burn all that excess energy. Unless you’re in training to run the mile or a half marathon, it’s the best way to exercise them. You probably will need to devote 2 hours each day to their exercise.
Tire him out even more by taking a ball or frisbee for your exercise times. You might teach him agility exercises, being intelligent they can pick it up with ease and it will double up as more exercise. I’ve stressed the exercise a lot but, I think you get my meaning.
5. Are Vizslas High Maintenance?
They are an easy dog as far as grooming and maintenance. They only have short hair, so brushing once or twice a week is enough. Bath times are also a few. Like all dogs, they love to roll in some unpleasant and stinky stuff they find on a walk. Then you must get the bathtub out.
They are not super shedders. But they will lose a lot of hair over a year. You might try to remove loose hairs before they fall by running a damp cloth over their body. I found with my Frenchie that unscented, water-based wet wipes were perfect for this. He got to enjoy a wipe down 3 or 4 times a day.
6. Vizsla Allergies
If humans get an allergic reaction, we sneeze or cough, and our eyes become itchy. In dogs, allergies usually manifest in itchy skin. We call this Atopic dermatitis (Atopy) and Vizslas can be prone to it. The most common areas affected are the feet, belly, folds of the skin, and ears.
Starting around one-year-old, it can become worse over time. Scratching, licking, and nipping at the affected area can make it very sore. If your dog does show symptoms, then take him to the vet, there are treatments available that will help him.
You might also want to investigate the food he’s eating. Sometimes ingredients in the food do cause allergies. But I have to say the odds are it’s not his food. It’s far more likely to be allergies to fleas and other environmental allergens.
7. What Diseases Are Vizslas Prone To?
Most health conditions and diseases in dogs are genetic. That is the case for Vizslas. Vizslas can be prone to rare blood diseases. Von Willebrand’s disease, a blood clotting disorder, is another blood type illness found in Vizslas.
Idiopathic Epilepsy can be an inherited condition for Vizslas. The unfortunate thing with this is the dog will suffer and need to be in treatment for the rest of his life. Eye problems, both hip and elbow dysplasia are also inherited conditions that can afflict a Vizsla.
Vizslas, a bright and super friendly dog, they must have a formidable level of physical activity and as much time as possible with their family. They will experience separation anxiety if left alone for any length of time. If you leave them, they can howl and bark and become destructive.
So only choose a Vizsla if you truly want a velcro-dog, happy for him to go wherever you go, are a fitness fanatic, and want a 60lb lapdog.
Brad Davenport would love to live in a world where dogs rule (a kinder more caring society). As an experienced writer about dogs he’s been published on numerous websites. When he’s not writing about dogs you can find him with his wife and son on long walks with their feisty, little Havanese, Biscuit.