Close Cousins to the Weimaraner
Vizsla dogs share a number of characteristics with Weimaraners. Vizslas are hunting dogs, energetic, athletic, protective of their families, gentle with children, and they can be quite headstrong.
While the Vizsla and the Weimaraner have different colorings, they are often confused with each other. In fact, some people think the breed is named Vizsla Weimaraner!
Weinheimers or Weimaraners originated in Germany, and the Vizsla orginated in Hungary. They are also known as Hungarian Short-haired Pointers, Rovidszoru Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer or Magyar Vizsla.
Just like Weimaraners, Vizsals often hunt small game and birds. They are active dogs with lots of energy—and you should only consider getting one if you are an active, energetic person yourself…
What Do Vizslas Look Like?
Vizslas look very much like Weimaraner dogs, but they do have some differences.
Vizslas have golden rust tones while Weimaraners tend to have gray or brown tones in their coats. Some Vizslas do have small white spots on the fore chest, tail and the neck. The Vizsla’s hair is short.
Vizslas have a short flat coat which is a golden color. They shed their hair, but shedding is seasonal. According to the American Kennel Club, a Vizsla is a self-cleaning dog. They do not need to be bathed very often and do not develop a typical “doggy odor”.
However, if they spend a good deal of time in lakes or streams, they can get a weak “wet dog smell” and might require a quick bath.
Vizslas are smaller than Weimaraners (but still pretty big). The male averages 22-24″ and the female 21-23″.
If you get a Vizsla, she will be fully mature at 1-2 years old.
Males weigh 55-60 pounds and females weigh 44-55 pounds.
If you have a Vizsla and she is healthy, you can expect her to live for 12-14 years.
You will find a Vizsla easy to train. Vizslas love to please you and will work hard to do that.
Vizslas are hunting dogs. They were bred to be hunters, and they are strong, athletic dogs. They are excellent swimmers, but Vizslas might need a little encouragement to get used to the water, at first. After they get used to the idea of swimming, they make great duck dogs.
Natural instincts give this dog excellent retrieving instincts, both on land and in water. They are great pointers and excellent retrievers.
Vizslas do need to be trained with care. They must be trained gently, without physical punishment or harsh words. Sensitive and intelligent, they learn well with a training system like this one.
Even though they are active, energetic dogs, they are great with children. They do require a fair amount of exercise and activity, at least 30 minutes a day.
Vizslas are quite intelligent and they get bored easily, so they need to be kept occupied. If they become bored, they can be destructive and they sometimes become diggers or chewers. Destructive chewing is common with this breed.
And they can be wonderful watch dogs, protecting family members. Vizslas adore their owners. They are affectionate and loyal.
Are Vizsla Dogs a Good Match for You?
While Vizsla dogs do not look exactly like Weimaraners, they do have a number of things in common with Weims.
Both are high energy dogs, and, if you love to be active, you would do well with either dog breed.
Vizslas love attention and they love to be active. Intelligent, they need mental stimulation, and they will get bored if left alone for too long a time. When this happens, they can get into trouble, developing destructive behaviors.
If you live in an apartment, a Vizsla is not for you. Nor are they suited for living in kennels. Just like Weimaraners, they need to be near their people.
They need to be taken on daily long walks or jogs. If you go bike riding or roller blading, a Vizsla would love to jog along beside you.
Keep in mind, if you are interested in Vizslas, that they are very high strung and nervous dogs. If you tend to be nervous yourself, a Vizsla could drive you crazy…