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The working dogs are not only respected, but they are also highly sought after pets. They have been used in many movies and TV shows such as “Cops” or “Law & Order”. Some of them even make their way into popular songs like “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”, which was sung by the band, The Kinks.
So why do some people want to own a working dog?
There are several reasons. One reason is because it’s fun! Another reason is that these dogs are very loyal and they love attention. A third reason is that they’re easy to train and they’re great with children. And finally, there are those who just want one for companionship purposes.
When you consider all these reasons, then you may wonder if a working dog is really the best choice for your family. Well, let me tell you that yes, it IS possible to live out your life without owning a pet at all. You don’t need to own a cat or dog either; cats and dogs are social animals and they require lots of time alone. But I think we can agree that having a companion animal around is better than none at all!
If you’re still wondering whether or not a pet is suitable for you, think about this: if you own a working dog, it will provide lots of fun and enjoyment. You will be able to take him on long walks and he will love you for it! He will also protect you from strangers and intruders. In fact, owning a dog will make your whole house feel more secure. Dogs are loyal companions that require just as much love as they give out.
There are many different breeds of dogs to choose from. As I’ve said before, the working dog is a great choice because it is loyal, friendly, and very intelligent. It takes a little time to get to know them at first, but once you do they will always be there for you.
Now that you have selected the perfect breed of dog it is time to learn more about the specific breed that you have chosen. The first on the list is the “Vizsla”.
What does a Vizsla Look Like?
The Vizsla is a short haired dog that usually weighs between 30 and 40 pounds. They have a fine coat that comes in either a red or a golden color. The male dogs on average are taller, but the females are wider. They have a wide head with a prominent jaw, prominent eyebrows, and dark eyes. Their ears are very pointed and they have a tail that is curled over their back.
The Vizsla is a sporting dog that originated in Hungary. They are very energetic and outgoing to other people and animals. Their main purpose was to hunt birds, but they are now more of a companion dog. The average lifespan of this breed is between 10 and 12 years.
What is the Personality of a Vizsla?
The Vizsla is a dog that has a natural instinct to chase animals and birds. They are very loyal to their owners, but they need plenty of exercise and activity to keep them from getting bored.
Vizslas are very charismatic dogs that can be friendly with children, strangers, other dogs, and even animals such as birds or squirrels. They love to play outside in just about any kind of weather. They love to jump, run, swim and fetch. They can be very obedient if trained properly.
The Vizsla is a very social dog that bonds very closely to his owner. If he is neglected, abused, or not trained properly he will become very willful and hard to handle. It is necessary to spend plenty of time with a Vizsla to give him the attention he needs.
Vizslas are very loving dogs that do a great job at comforting their owners. When someone is feeling sad they will lovingly sit beside them and shed a single paw tear. Then they will lick that person’s face, often leaving a wet mark in the shape of a jagged spiral.
Vizslas are known to live outside if they do not have a proper fence. It is necessary to have a six foot fence if you own one because they can jump very high and their instinct will drive them to follow their nose.
What are the Living Conditions for a Vizsla?
The Vizsla does best living in an area where he has a backyard. It is necessary to take him on long walks or runs every day. They have plenty of energy that needs to be release frequently.
This dog does not do well in apartments or condominiums because they have a tendency to bark at noises outside. If they are bored they will often find other things to entertain themselves with, which is usually not good. These dogs do best when they have their own space and property to run around on.
How Much Exercise Does a Vizsla Need?
The Vizsla is a very energetic dog that loves to play outside and run around. They require at least an hour of exercise every day. If they are not getting this they will find ways to entertain themselves, which is often done by barking. This can become a problem if they are left outside and they attract the attention of the authorities.
An alternative to letting them run loose is to take them for walks or runs on a leash. They do best on long walks rather than shorter ones.
Vizsla’s also have a natural instinct to retrieve objects for their owner. If they see a ball or stick they will chase after it. Then, they will bring it back so you can throw it again. This is an activity that needs to be done with care because their jaws are strong and they have a tendency to bite down on the ball or stick if you do not take it from their mouth slowly.
This breed requires a large amount of exercise, more than the average owner can provide. If they are left alone all day, a Vizsla will become bored and that leads to trouble. These dogs do best when they have an active owner that can play with them and give them the exercise they need to be happy.
How Much Grooming Do They Need?
The short haired Vizsla is very low-maintenance. Owners can simply give it a quick brush once or twice a week. Bathing should be done when necessary, such as after the dog gets into a muddy puddle.
The long haired version is a little more work. It will need to be brushed daily and professionally groomed once or twice a year. The long fur tends to get easily tangled and owners will want to keep on top of this to avoid painful mats from forming.
How Much Do They Cost?
The Vizsla is not the cheapest dog to buy. They have a reputation for being expensive and that is not an entirely unfounded claim. Expect to pay at least $1,000 or more for a puppy.
GCCF, or the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America, has a good reputation among breeders. This club requires all puppies to be sold with a written contract, payment plan options, and warranties.
The price may also go up if you want a special dog. Some breeders have “show quality” puppies for sale, which come with papers that allow them to be shown in competitions. These dogs are more expensive because they are bred with the goal of them being perfect specimens of the breed. There is no difference in personality or health, but there might be a difference in appearance.
Buying a puppy from a breeder is not your only option. There are many homeless Vizsla dogs in shelters that need a home. Adopting from a rescue is always an option. You will want to meet the dog and see where it comes from before deciding if it is right for you.
There is also the option of buying a “puppy package”. Many breeders offer these to people who want a Vizsla, but do not want to go through the process of raising a puppy.
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