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Vizsla Puppies — What You Should Know

A hunter’s companion, a versatile athlete, and a gentle and affectionate family member — the Vizsla is a dog breed of many talents. But, can be quite a handful for first-time dog owners.

To bring you up to pace with this Hungarian Pointer, we’ve put together a complete guide about what you should know. 

Keep reading to find out more about Vizsla’s characteristics, grooming and nutrition details, ideal exercise routine, as well as the cost all of it will entail. 

Ready? Let’s jump right in!

What are Vizsla Puppies?

A Vizsla, originating from Hungary, is a large gun dog with a lean frame. It’s the perfect tag-along pooch for a gamekeeper or for a prey drive. Experts view Vizslas as one of the best hunting dogs out there once they grow up (given that they are trained well).

But there’s more to them — the soft-look eyes will make every passer-by want to stop and pet your adorable puppy.

They are outfitted with a beautiful golden-rust coat of short hair, similar to a Weimaraner’s — soft and fluffy enough to make you want to pet them.

Vizsla dogs are known for their excellent nose work, mapping skills, and tracking abilities. And if that’s not enough to make you want one, the Vizsla runs at a top speed of 40mph which can be utilized for waterfowl and upland hunting. 

Hunting enthusiasts? Take note.

Why are Vizslas Called ‘Velcro Dogs’?

Vizslas are extremely loyal to their owners. It’s in their nature to be clingy and express love by snuggling on their parent’s lap and bringing them their favorite chew toy. 

In fact, Vizslas can suffer from separation anxiety if their owner is away for long periods. Since they’re an overly clingy dog breed that thrives on their parents’ affection, they’re also known as “velcro dogs.”

How to Take Care of a Vizsla

Unlike many family-friendly dog breeds, a Vizsla is a very high-maintenance pet. It needs proper stimulation, great care, and a healthy amount of social play to enjoy life. 

Here’s a detailed rundown of all you need to take care of to keep the golden athlete happy:

Grooming 

Hungarian Vizslas are born with a soft short-hair coat and do not have an undercoat. This makes grooming them relatively easy. 

Just run a rubber-bristled brush down their coat once a week and bathe using soap and lukewarm water when they start to smell or get muddy. 

Cap the grooming routine with regular ear checks, nail clipping, and lastly, brushing their teeth.

Food and Nutrition 

Hunting dogs like Vizslas have extensive nutritional requirements and need high-quality dog food to keep up with their active lifestyle. 

With that said, it’s important to factor in the dog’s age before filling up its bowl. Young Vizslas need at least four cups of high-calorie food to maintain their high energy levels while a cup or two will suffice for senior Vizslas.

Don’t forget to consult with the vet for your young Vizsla’s dietary needs. If there’s a dog trainer onboard, it’s wise to update them on the treats schedule to steer clear of obesity. 

Training and Exercise 

From a young age, Vizslas need regular training in order to understand and follow their owner’s commands. This allows them to channel their active energies in a healthy manner and prevents them from getting into trouble. 

Thanks to their natural intelligence and need for familial attachment, obedience training on a Vizsla is relatively easy.

Mentally stimulating tasks like hunting tests, nose tracking, and rallies are fun ways to exercise their brain.

There’s, however, a drawback to owning a dog as smart as a Vizsla. What’s that? Well, given their hyperactive nature, they can get bored pretty quickly. You may have to make an effort to keep up with them!

Take them on a jog, play fetch in an open field, or go dog paddling — any physical activity works. Just be careful not to go over the two-hour mark, too much physical activity can cause pain in their joints. 

Medical Health 

Generally, Vizslas take good care of themselves and live up to 14 years with good exercise. But, like all dog breeds, they are prone to a few health problems such as:

  • Hip Dysplasia 
  • Obesity 
  • Winter allergies 
  • Dental concerns 
  • Ear and eye infections 

To keep them happy and healthy, schedule a thorough checkup with your dog’s vet every 6 months!

Seasonal Care

Since Vizslas do not have an undercoat (and while that might help with grooming), it makes them prone to cold in winter. 

At the same time, Vizslas love playing in the snow. So what do you do? Here’s what:

  • The kennel needs to be insulated inside and covered using a door.
  • Place the dog house near a heater or add a heated pad inside for comfort.
  • Make sure to have the garage open and heated so they can play around while nobody’s home. 
  • If needed, cover them up with a blanket or a fleece when they’re resting. 
  • If you live in a relatively colder area, buy a dog sweater.

How Much Are Hungarian Vizsla Puppies?

According to the American Kennel Club, a Vizsla is the 32nd most popular dog breed. They can also be extremely hard to find. 

Given their high demand and low supply, the price for a single Vizsla at a reputable breeder can be anywhere between $1,500 to $,2200 — especially if they are purebred. 

The average lifetime cost of owning a Vizsla is around $21,000. This lifetime cost of the Hungarian Pointer includes dog food, a large kennel, stimulating toys, grooming tools, healthcare, and insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are Hungarian Vizslas aggressive?

No, Hungarian Vizslas aren’t naturally aggressive. They thrive on heavy doses of affection from their family (strangers even!) and get attached to their home in a very short period. Unless their owner is threatened by danger, these loyal dogs do not show aggression.

 

Do Hungarian Vizslas bark a lot?

No, Vizslas do not bark a lot. They were bred to hunt well which is why they are, hereditarily, very clever. Unless they need attention, food, or sense danger, the pointer breed won’t be seen barking. 

Summing It Up

A Hungarian Vizsla can be one of the sweetest, most loving family pets — all you have to do is take care of yours very well. Accompany your fur baby on a long walk, shower it with love and devote your time to this beautiful, active dog. You’re going to get it all back. It’s going to love you, and you’re going to love it even more! 

The separation anxiety we mentioned earlier? Yeah, it may become a two-way thing.

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