Vizsla puppies have always been a popular choice for dog owners. They’re great companions for active families, and beautiful dogs too.
Before getting a puppy, however, it’s important to do some research on the breed. Different breeds have different needs, so here’s all you need to know about Vizslas.
Where To Get Vizsla Puppies
An ethical breeder is the best place to get a Vizsla puppy. Although you might find one in a shelter — and can always check first — it’s unlikely you’ll find a purebred puppy there. If you’re open to a Vizsla mix, or an older dog, a shelter could work for you. Jeffrey…
Most of the time, however, ethical breeders are the best call. You should make sure you don’t get your puppy from a backyard breeder or puppy mill. They often produce sick puppies, or are a different breed than the seller claims. They can cost you a fortune in veterinary bills or a trainer when the dog turns out to have an anxious or aggressive temperament.
If you’re nervous about accidentally buying from a bad breeder, look for the following promising signs:
- AKC registration
- A willingness to answer questions
- Matching you to a puppy that suits your lifestyle
- Health checks on the parents
- Initial vet visits for a puppy, to get their initial shots and make sure they’re healthy
Reputable breeders also tend to have websites set up and will let you Facetime with the puppies. Backyard breeders tend to sell on Craigslist or other websites where there’s no proof of what they have. Valley Vizslas…
Vizsla Puppies – The Cost
Vizsla puppies cost around $1000, but can go even higher in good pedigree lines. If you do manage to find one in a shelter, the cost will be significantly lower and usually includes the initial round of shots, spaying or neutering, and microchipping. Breeders will often include a couple of these things too.
Vizlas have a short coat with no undercoat, smooth and straight. They’re medium-sized dogs with large, floppy ears and they have a distinct rust-red coat. Whataviewfarm…
Make no mistake — these dogs are very active. If you don’t get a lot of exercise, even if you think you might want to in future, a Vizsla would be a difficult dog to have. They’re lively, but also very affectionate and for the right owner, will be extremely affectionate and make a great companion.
They are above average in intelligence, which means you need to get started on their training early! Vizslas are happiest when they have a lot to do. Providing them with mental stimulation as well as physical will go a long way for your dog, as they can get destructive when they don’t have a lot to do.
Although Vizslas are people dogs, you’ll want to reinforce their friendly nature by socializing them when they’re young. Create new experiences for them and ensure they’re positive experiences, and you’ll find you have a great dog who loves new adventures.
When it comes to a dog’s diet, you’ll hear many strong opinions.
Some people feed their dog a raw diet, and swear this is the healthiest option. While it’s true this can have many advantages for your dog, there are some disadvantages, so do your research and consider every angle. Dogs are omnivores with complex dietary needs, so you need to understand those needs if you give them a raw diet. Vizsla. Jani…
Kibble is fine for your dog overall, but you should look into the brand and their reputation. Grain-free foods can be bad for your dog over time, having been linked to heart disease. You’ll also want to make sure the food has more nutrients than filler. Don’t grab the cheapest bag. Look into the brands, and ask for advice from your veterinarian, because they know your dog best.
Like all purebred dogs, there are certain health issues that Vizslas are prone to. Progressive renal atrophy and other issues can crop up. The best thing to do is keep up with their vet visits and get a Vizsla that has health tested parents, because then you can mitigate some of the risk.
Other than that, they need what all dogs need. Make sure they get their puppy shots to protect them against parvovirus, distemper, and other deadly diseases. As adults, they will need booster shots every year as well as a check-up to ensure there are no health issues.
Pet insurance will be your best friend, but you should ensure they cover the issues this breed are prone to.
Vizslas do not have high grooming needs. You will have to trim their nails every six to eight weeks, like any dog, and you’ll have to clean their ears and teeth, but their coat is short, so doesn’t require much grooming. Get them used to the toothbrush and Dremel or nail clippers at a young age, and provide plenty of high-value treats.
So, if you’re looking into Vizsla puppies, they’re a great choice — just make sure you’re aware of their needs. These active dogs will be loyal companions when given the best home.