Is a Vizsla a Good First Dog?
If it is your first time acquiring a dog, you will surely be busy researching different breeds to choose the one that best suits your lifestyle. As you know, there are many breeds of canines, and each one has certain characteristics that allow them to be differentiated from each other.
If you are reading this, it is because you are surely interested in the Vizsla dog. Many people wonder if this breed of canines is ideal for first-time owners. As we have said previously, they are animals with a high level of physical activity that may require more attention than other types of breed.
Actually, a Vizsla is not highly recommended as your first dog for a person or family. A canine of this type requires special attention due to its personality and character. Also, we must not forget that the best place for a Vizsla is with those people or families who can offer an active lifestyle.
Therefore, if you are not willing to exercise daily with your pet, do not even think about acquiring a Vizsla as your first dog.
Now, if you really want a Vizsla as your first dog regardless of what has been mentioned above and you are willing to modify your lifestyle a bit, it is best to research and learn everything about this canine before buying or adopting it. Knowing each physical and emotional aspects of this breed will help you control the situation despite not having any experience.
What should know about this breed are:
Not all first-time dog owners are ready to acquire a large canine. That is the case with the Vizsla. It is considered a medium-large breed dog that can measure between 51 cm and 66 cm and weigh between 18 kg and 27 kg.
A Vizsla may not be a good option if you live in a small house or apartment in the city. It would be best if you had a spacious home with a backyard so your Vizsla can move freely.
Large dogs can be difficult for certain families to deal with, but a Vizsla can be easily trained, so their obedience stands out.
This breed is exceptionally smart and can be taught an untold number of tricks and skills
Vizslas rank #25 on the “Dog breed intelligence” ranking which is quite respectable. Many Vizsla owners would argue that Vizslas need to rank higher, however, as the breed is indeed impressively smart.
What further makes Vizslas a very entertaining breed to train and play with is that they are very impressionable and love to listen and learn. A lot of highly intelligent dog breeds are stubborn and often refuse to learn or follow orders but the Vizslas are not one of them.
If you want a pet that would love to learn and practice new tricks in the yard or the dog park – the Vizsla is an excellent breed to pick.
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The good-natured Vizsla has also been called a “Velcro” dog because he is so tactile — he likes to attach himself to people, preferably in their laps.
Athletic, agile, and light on his feet, the Vizsla is a robust hunting dog who needs vigorous daily exercise and lots of personal attention. Too much confinement and too little companionship can lead to neurotic behaviors such as hyperactivity and destructiveness. Bored Vizslas are notorious chewers.
Most Vizslas get along well with everyone, including strangers and other animals, but they do need a lot of early socialization to build confidence. Some Vizslas are excitable and/or easily startled in new situations.
The Vizsla has the independent spirit of all pointing breeds, but responds to training more willingly than most and is a capable performer in advanced obedience competition.
You may need to control his tendency to mouth your hands — provide a box filled with toys so he can carry things around in his mouth.
Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behavior are also shaped by raising and training.
About the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.
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