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What Gun Dog Breeders Want Buyers to Know Before Getting a Hungarian Vizsla

By    |   Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 10:13 PM

The Hungarian vizsla, one of the oldest existing hunting dogs, was originally used to hunt with falcons. Centuries of careful breeding by the Hungarian nobility has helped produce the versatile, energetic, and sensitive dog we know today, the Vizsla Club of America noted. Modern gun dog breeders carry on the tradition of vizsla characteristics through selective breeding that strives to match the breed standard.

Once nearly extinct, the vizsla population has rebounded, and this dog now ranks at No. 33 on the American Kennel Club (AKC) list of the most popular dogs. Such popularity results in part from the dog's superior performance as a hunting dog, a show dog, and a loyal companion. Still, the vizsla is not for everyone, and there are some things gun dog breeders want potential owners to know about the breed.

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1. Exercise Needs
Perhaps the most defining characteristic of the vizsla is its high energy level that requires significant daily exercise. According to Vizsla.com, "it's difficult to overstate the need that a vizsla has for exercise." With its hunting dog inclinations, the vizsla needs a job and a direction to channel all that energy whether he is used for hunting or not. Breeders of this gun dog recommend intentional exercise twice a day, including a run or a substantial walk. vizslas also enjoy engaging with their owners in other activities such as hiking, swimming, or rollerblading.

2. Quality Breeder
To help ensure a healthy, high-quality gun dog, it is important to choose a reputable breeder who adheres to the breed standard. Dogtime.com cautioned that "some breeders sell Vizslas with a woolly undercoat, coats that are longer than normal, or of a different color." These deviations from the standard are warning signs about the quality of the breeders and their dogs. The breeder should not breed dogs until they are two to three years old, and should provide the appropriate health clearances.

3. Temperament
The vizsla is a gentle, sensitive breed that bonds closely with its owner and needs a lot of attention, earning it the nickname "Velcro dog." He responds best to positive reinforcement techniques rather than sternness, and should be socialized early to prevent it from becoming timid and easily startled.

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4. Potential Problems
A lack of attention and exercise can cause behavior problems in the vizsla. Excessive barking, digging, and chewing are a few issues that can usually be avoided by exercise and social interaction. According to Vizsla.com, "a Vizsla that receives adequate attention and training should be happy and well behaved."

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