Thursday, July 1, 2010

Breed of the Month--Vizsla


Vizsla

Color:  Shades of golden rust
Height:  Males:  22-25 inches/  Females:  21-23.5 inches
Weight:  44-66 lbs
Life Span:  11-15 years

Breed Health Concerns:  Allergies, entropion, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism, ectropion, and von Willebrand disease.  

Coat:  Dense, smooth, short, close lying single coat.
Country of Origin:  Hungary

Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.  


The ancestor of the Vizsla were hunters that travelled with a nomadic tribe who came to settle in (what is now known as) Hungary.  The intense terrain of the land encouraged the breeding of hunting traits like a keen nose for smells and the ability to withstand extreme weather.

The Vizsla can become prone to destructive behaviors if not properly exercised.  This breed was made for hunting and working long, hard hours.  The Vizsla excels in activities such as:  pointing, agility, retrieving, tracking, and obedience.

Although I have met very few dogs of this breed, the ones I have met are very beautiful animals.  I believe a concern to keep in mind for this breed is anxiety.  This breed needs extensive daily physical and mental exercise, and things to keep him occupied.  It's important to take on a strong, calm leadership role when bringing this breed into your family.

Exercise: 
Vizslas are very athletic dogs who require vigorous daily exercise.  They enjoy being in wide open places where they can run and sniff (hunt).  Vizslas are a great breed for someone looking for a running or biking partner.

Grooming:
The Vizslas coat is extremely easy to care for.  Use a hound glove to keep the skin clean, and take note to frequently check the coat for ticks and other parasites.  The long ears of the Vizsla must be kept clean and free from infection.

Training: 
The Vizsla is an extremely motivated dog for training.  This breed can be highly distractible with such high energy and training must remain positively reward-based, persistent, and patient.








  

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