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The Hungarian Vizsla is a beautiful, intelligent, “bread crust” colored  all around gun dog intended as a family dog and a hunting companion for the weekend foot hunter.

SO, YOU ARE CONSIDERING A VIZSLA…?.

 The Vizsla is rapidly gaining in popularity in the USA, and this is understandably so, as this is a strikingly beautiful dog, adoringly affectionate with a happy go lucky nature.   Known for being the “velcro” dog and the dog with “no doggie odor”, this breed is experiencing high demand.

Here is how Hungarians describe their beloved national dog:

“About the vizsla…His eyes are gentle and soft brown, with a “beloved” look – but a kind of impish roguery is gleaming in the background, and an eager attention, craving for the game…
    Lolling lazily at home beside the cozy stove or on the couch, endlessly yearning for fondling – but in a flash he is full of explosive energy, immeasurable running in the field, in the full glare of the sun or on the crisp snow…
    Never – ending play and wanton romp at home with friends, fellow dogs, children – but patient without budging when he’s awaiting in the stand; full of attention and concentration when tracking the scent…
    Inexhaustible patience with the children belonging to the “pack”, happily tolerating having his ears pulled and flayed by children’s hands (to indulge his beloved owner) – but proudly and bravely standing up against anyone approaching with bad intentions in order to defend the pack…

       Graceful elegance and explosive energy,
       immense kindliness and stout stamina,
       eternal hunting desire – all “wrapped” in golden:   this is the VIZSLA!”

Here is a recent news release:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/petmdcom-lists-the-top-5-dog-and-top-5-cat-breeds-for-families-with-children-149040725.html

MIAMI, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – April 26 is National Kids and Pets Day, a day to celebrate the special bond children have with animals. Choosing to welcome a pet into a home with children can be an overwhelming commitment, but knowing the characteristics that are common to certain cat and dog breeds can aid in the decision making process and help families find the breed that best fits their lifestyle. While just about any breed can be raised to be a loving and affectionate pet, petMD.com has pulled together the following top 10 kid friendly dogs.

Top 2 Dog Breeds for Kids

  1. The Bulldog: Known for its sturdy build, the Bulldog is an excellent choice for families with children who like to roughhouse. A docile, friendly, and loyal breed, the Bulldog will not retaliate to the poking and prodding of little children. Not overly active, this breed can live comfortably in a house with a sprawling backyard or in a small apartment.
  2. The Vizsla: A lesser known breed, the Vizsla has a gentle disposition and manner perfect for living with children. Loyal, quiet, and affectionate, the Vizsla breed is obedient and can pick up on tricks and commands quickly. Another benefit appreciated by many Vizsla owners is that they lack the common “eau de dog” that many breeds possess. 

That said, prospective owners should be aware of other factors in the equation.  The Vizsla is a versatile working  GUNDOG , bred for centuries by the Hungarian aristocracy to point and retrieve fur and feathered game all day long in fields and in water under all weather conditions, without tiring!  After a full day’s hunt, the Vizsla would accompany his master home, not to the kennels. 

It is very important that you research the breed very carefully before  purchasing a puppy to ensure it will fit in well with your personality, goals and lifestyle and that you are realistically capable of fulfilling the needs of this unique breed.  You should be an experienced dog owner to own a young Vizsla.  They are not suitable for the first time dog owner nor for a full time worker without someone at home to train, and  look after the pup, or who is unable to make arrangements for its training and care (such as doggie day care, etc.) while  you are away at work.

  It is important that you also be capable of learning to establishing the correct master/dog relationship as well as setting firm boundaries and limitations, so the dog knows his place in the pecking order and understands what he can and can not do.  Watch the Dog Whisperer, Cesar will not steer you wrong!


It is suggested that you be able to take some time off from work or make other arrangements to have your puppy properly socialized during his first 6 weeks living in his new home as these weeks are crucial to his development and will have life long effects.  Research puppy growth and development, be informed.  You should also be prepared to dedicate time to on-going obedience training , and to get professional help if you need assistance.  Remember,  a tired dog is a happy and contented dog.  Make a commitment to get involved in dog related activities that both of you will both enjoy (such as agility, hunt training, jogging, etc)  to provide the mental stimulation a high intelligence dog  such as a Vizsla requires, as he will become destructive and prone to unnecessary barking if allowed to get bored.  These activities are fun and rewarding and will also help cement the bond between you and your new family member. 

 Vizslas are extremely loyal and affectionate.  They crave human companionship and attention and will demand it if they are not getting enough.  They don’t care to be with other dogs, they want to be with YOU and they also have other needs that must be met for harmony to exist in the household.  They are full of life and energy and require at least 20 minutes of robust exercise a day, making them ideally suited for a family with an active lifestyle, if children are in the household all the better!  Being involved in active children’s schedule of activities may very well be all the pup will need.  And this does  not mean they are a whirlwind of  activity, 24-7.  They are incorrigible couch potatoes as well and would love nothing better than to share your bed at night!   

 

Puppies are a handful, especially the first few weeks.  Like all puppies and perhaps more so, you can expect some sleepless nights initially and chewing of course!  You should have new or unusual chew toys available at all times to try to mitigate that.  Absolutely NO stuffed animals please as they will only tear them up and you will run the risk of them ingesting the stuffing and possible medical complications.  They will try to steal your childrens stuffed animals so please keep them out of reach.  They are a breed that matures slowly, so although it gets better, expect holes dug in your yard and garden, toilet paper strewn about the living room, the counter surfing of your dinner if you are not vigilant and your favorite shoes  getting chewed up, should you forget to close the closet door.  This will happen despite the abundance of readily available chew toys!   But, they are so cute, adoringly sweet and loving…!, I agree, they certainly are, but know that the good comes with the bad, as they also have an impish, naughty streak lurking there as well. 

 

All puppies are playful and although Vizslas have a very “soft mouth” like most hunting breeds,  their puppy teeth can still be painful, so precautions must be taken with smaller children.  If you have an elderly dog already in the household, it might be prudent to  reconsider the timing of the addition of  a new puppy family member. Puppies can be particularly tough for an old dog to tolerate and it might not be fair to aggravate the last years of a faithful old family pet.

 

 

“About the vizsla…

His eyes are gentle and soft brown, with a “beloved” look – but a kind of impish roguery is gleaming in the background, and an eager attention, craving for the game…
    Lolling lazily at home beside the cozy stove or on the couch, endlessly yearning for fondling – but in a flash he is full of explosive energy, immeasurable running in the field, in the full glare of the sun or on the crisp snow…
    Never – ending play and wanton romp at home with friends, fellow dogs, children – but patient without budging when he’s awaiting in the stand; full of attention and concentration when tracking the scent…
    Inexhaustible patience with the children belonging to the “pack”, happily tolerating having his ears pulled and flayed by children’s hands (to indulge his beloved owner) – but proudly and bravely standing up against anyone approaching with bad intentions in order to defend the pack…

       Graceful elegance and explosive energy,
       immense kindliness and stout stamina,
       eternal hunting desire – all “wrapped” in golden:   this is the VIZSLA!”

 

 

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