Post # 1
My boyfriend and I are in the process of buying our first house and once we are settled (probably won’t be until the end of the year now what with Coronavirus) we would like to get our first dog. I had a labrador with my ex but he took him.
We both love the idea of getting a Vizla however I’m worried about their nickname of being a ‘velcro’ dog as we do like our holidays (when I’m not teaching) and I would like to know whether or not you’ve had any issues with leaving them with someone if you’ve gone away. I’m not saying every school holiday but for at least one – two holidays we’d be abroad and would like to leave him with a close friend or member of my family.
We are deciding whether or not a vizla would be suitable now or whether we should wait until we’ve had children further down the line. We are both active, love long walks and live right next to the beach. Our new garden is long but not too big.
Any experiences on this would be really appreciated.
Post # 2
I love Vizslas! My family has had three and they’re wonderful and uncanningly emotionally intuitive.
*But be warned: they have so.much.energy!!!!!!!!!!! they were essentially bred to hunt in fields 8 hours per day. My dogs are trained hunting dogs and they literally can and do run all day long! They need several walks per day to burn off their energy. If you don’t exercise them they will become destructive and anxious so be warned!
My family has had the dogs stay with a relative many times in the past but you really need someone who can handle them- they are veryyyyy high energy and can become destructive if not attended to. They can also be incredibly high strung and experience separation anxiety. They would not do well in a small apartment, even if temporary or with someone elderly, as they are very big and muscular and could bowl someone over or pull too fast on a leash and drag someone if not trained properly.They respond very well to structure and love to be trained! They’re very smart and catch on to things quickly.
Also- they don’t really slow down for many years. They have the energy and stamina of a puppy for a very long time so don’t think your little pup will cool his jets anytime soon! My dog Dakota is just now starting to not be as hyper at 7 years old lol
obviously training has a lot to do with behavior but so do the genetics of the breed as well.
Socializing Vizslas is super important! My parents dog wasn’t socialized much as a puppy and he has a lot of anxiety around other dogs and people.
Meanwhile, my sister’s Vizsla is a social butterfly, as my sister learned to socialize him early from my parents mistake. The two dogs are best friends and love to play together so in that sense my parents dog socializes with my sisters dog a lot!
hope this helps a bit! Vizslas are a handful but they are extremely loving and loyal dogs!
Post # 3
I’m just also going to seccond what Neverbeenstungbee said. Extremely high energy, needs lots of stimulation, not just two or three walks a day, otherwise he/she will become agressive and destructive. Would do well if he/she had several acres of fields or yard to be running around. Beautiful dog though. My parents had gotten one sometime around my sophomore year of college. He became very possessive and too much pent up energy over the years. He would start to defend the entire downstairs of our house to where he would growl and bare his teeth if you tried to walk through the rooms at night. They worked with a trainer which helped some. However, he eventually ended up trying to attack me but got my sister instead who interfered because I asked him to get off the sofa bed so I could go to sleep. We were visiting my sister over Christmas. She ended up in the ER getting stitches. My parents still did nothing about him, and while he never attacked anyone again, he was a grumpy dog for the rest of his life. So, really really needs lots of attention and stimulation. Do not expect a lap dog.
Post # 4
I’m exhausted just reading about these dogs! I have a mutt and he’s down for whatever you’re in the mood for – full day hike? Cool let’s play. Snuggle on the couch all day because it’s raining? Also totally cool lol.
Post # 5
I don’t own a Visla, but I used to walk and dog-sit one, so I’m responding from the ‘can it be left’ viewpoint. The Visla I cared for was happy to be left with people he knew well and trusted. But he was left for brief periods with key people from puppyhood. I know a couple of other people who’ve had Vislas and theirs were the same. So if you want to be able to leave him, start leaving him with others for brief periods when he’s small.
They are absolutely gorgeous dogs, but as PPs have said, very strong and high energy. Early training is key. The one I walked was gorgeous, but his owner hadn’t done much training with him, so he was a handful. Funny things was that he soon learned to behave well for me, but kept acting like a spoiled child for his owner. If I picked him up for a walk after they’d been away for a few days, he was back to square one, misbehaving, and a few minutes into the walk, he’d look at me and you could see him thinking “oh, it’s you. I have to behave when I’m walking with you.” and after that, he’d be angelic!
Post # 6
Confirming what others have said: VERY HIGH ENERGY! A friend of mine has one and she is a great dog, but requires a LOT of exercise and stimulation, otherwise she becomes moody and destructive. They really need owners who are committed to their needs.
Post # 7
right?! Lol 😂 I love them but I don’t have the space to be able to responsibly care for one of my own in my small living space lol or the energy to handle one on my own lol but I love my family dogs!
your dog sounds like a dream!
Post # 8
Thank you all so much for your responses. We do know they love being active and my boyfriend works from home as a personal trainer and will be ensuring that the dog is with him for every bit of excercise so that shouldn’t be a problem. Thankfully I learnt a lot from training the labrador I had with my ex so I should be ok to make sure that he is properly socialised and good with being left with others from a young age is a good idea. Thanks all again – I really appreciate it. We still need to think about it as I don’t want to make the wrong decision. x
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Post # 9
My best friend has one. Very well trained. They say huskies are high energy, Vizla’s are husky energy times three and that is saying something! A walk will do nothing 3+ mile runs 2x a day and the dog is still hyper. She also is moody. I would advise getting two if you get one so they have a buddy to play with all day in between your runs. It might also make it less of a velcro dog. I love her dog she is beautiful but I would never own one. Very clingy, moody and limitless energy. The amount of work required for a 5-year-old Vizla is still on the puppy level of most other breeds due to the energy level and boredom. If you can commit to two 3+ mile runs every day for the next seven years as well as additional walks and mental stimulation then it’s something to consider but taking care of it will be a full time job. If you are looking for a lab type dog, that will settle into your routine, I would get a lab.
Post # 10
I had a Vizsla for many years and lost him to cancer in 2018 (and I’m still not over it.)
What PP said is true: HIGH ENERGY. These dogs need to run hard off-leash every day. I lived in an apartment/condo for most of my guy’s life, and it was basically a part-time job getting him enough exercise. 🙂 We used to go on 4-hour hikes when he was a young guy and that still barely tired him out.
They are “velcro.” They want to be with you all the time. That means following you around the house (and into the bathroom!) and pacing around/whining if you are somewhere without them. I personally think they do best in households where someone is home all day. My husband and I worked at home most of the time, so this was OK with us. I would NOT get a Vizsla if you work out of the home for significant periods of time every day. The dog will be very unhappy. They need their people.
When we did leave the house, my guy did great in a crate. Eventually, he got run of house and was not crated when we left later in life (5 or 6 years old), but we’d return sometimes and find he’d crated himself. 🙂
In my experience (I used to show my Vizsla, so have been around a lot of them!) girls are “moodier” and the boys are “clingier”. Exceptions of course, but my experience.
You will never own a more loyal, loving dog than a Vizsla. I hope to have another one day. I have two small children now and don’t have time to devote to exercise and training. Good luck!
Post # 11
Why would you want to get a specific breed of dog if you don’t like the specific temperment that that breed has?
I think almost everybody should just get mutts. They have great personalities and many fewer health issues.
Post # 12
What I have learned here: I never want to OWN a vizsla. I have nowhere near the required energy. I need a FRIEND with a vizsla that I can enjoy and return-to-owner. 😉
But seriously, I’ve always admired the breed and enjoyed reading more about them!