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by Heather Belle

This chapter is a free excerpt from A New Owner's Guide to Vizslas.

Does your family need an energetic, fun loving, extremely loyal companion? How about a dog that rarely makes noise unless he wants something? If so, a Vizsla may just be the perfect dog for your family. The Vizsla is a great breed of dog for both hunting and a loyal family companion, as they tend to bond well to their family.

They are tall, slender dogs that have an energetic disposition and will need extra attention, making the breed great for a family that has children. A high-energy breed with extreme intelligence and a willingness to please, the Vizsla can be easy to train if you have the patience to work with the unique temperament the dog possesses. Anyone who decides to choose this dog to be part of the family will have to get past their short attention span and hyperactive nature, which can be extreme in their puppy years.


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Does your family need an energetic, fun loving, extremely loyal companion? How about a dog that rarely makes noise unless he wants something? If so, a Vizsla may just be the perfect dog for your family. The Vizsla is a great breed of dog for both hunting and a loyal family companion, as they tend to bond well to their family.

They are tall, slender dogs that have an energetic disposition and will need extra attention, making the breed great for a family that has children. A high-energy breed with extreme intelligence and a willingness to please, the Vizsla can be easy to train if you have the patience to work with the unique temperament the dog possesses. Anyone who decides to choose this dog to be part of the family will have to get past their short attention span and hyperactive nature, which can be extreme in their puppy years.

Your dog will require positive reinforcement constantly during training sessions. One technique to keep their attention is to use food rewards such as dog treats when they have successfully completed a command. However, if this breed is not tended to and untrained, it can become destructive and have other various behavior issues out of boredom and frustration. The fact that, once trained, Vizslas are eager to please their owners what they have learned is one of the best aspects about this breed. In addition, they can live to be around fifteen years old and will provide endless amounts of joy and laughter the entire time.

Appearance

Vizslas are hunting dogs that look similar to Weimaraners, but are leaner and reddish in color. The dog breed nearly became extinct after World War II, but thanks to a few Hungarians, this breed was saved from extinction, and is now well-loved around the world. Their personality is great for hunting, obedience and agility competitions, and AKC shows. The breed is a quiet breed unless left alone or provoked, making them great for guard dogs.

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