I have a vizsla. She is now 3 years old and was my first dog. She is absolutely soft as grease, a bit thick, bouncy-loopy when off lead but a total and utter joy. If we had the room, I wouldn't hesitate to have another vizsla companion for her
Watching her run at speed is a real thing of beauty. And I am still totally fascinated when she starts pointing!
I know two other vizsla who are worked, in conjunction with a hawk. They are awesome in the field apparently and this guy ended up breeding his bitch, with ALL the puppies going into fully working homes because of the awesomeness of his vizslas!!!!
Good stuff, bring on your long walks, pound shedding and fun!!
Yay. That's great to read. We are going to take our dog gun dog training and he will go out beating when he is old enough. I might even lose a couple if pounds with all the walking I think I will be doing.
My vet told me not to get a hungarian vizsla for exactly those reasons. So I bought a GSP. When he came home as a puppy, I brought in a dog trainer/behaviourist to make sure I didn't mess up. His reaction - "why did you buy a GSP - that's one seriously high energy breed, if you had spoken to me before I would have advised you buy a hungarian vizsla!!"
Our friends have a Vizsla, they are wonderful dogs, I am very tempted for one if we get another. Stunning looking and full of character. Bloomin loud too - our friends will talk to you! For every mile we walk, she does 10! Very 'in your face' with other dogs, despite a shed load of continued training.
They are HIGH energy dogs though, they make my Springer puppy look lazy and a tad thick in comparison. They will need at least two hours exercise and a ton of training to keep them happy, they also seriously follow you everywhere - almost stalker-like. If my friend moves round her kitchen island, she will be followed, it's not enough to be in the same room!
You are aware of these traits I assume? Not being negative but not for the faint hearted or inexperienced either! As one vet said, owning a Vizsla as a first time dog is like passing your test and buying a Ferrari