Their is a current trend of people looking at U Tube and Instagram and getting a false representation of what it is like to live with an HPR breed of dog. Hunt point and retrieve dogs have a different mind to that of Labradors, spaniels, and toy breeds. In many cases toy breeds are more what people can cope with. The responsibility of taking on a HPR breed means constant training, walks in the countryside, and being around for the dog. This dog is the racehorse amongst dog breeds. Racehorses need exercise and to get the best out of them training. You can liken the Vizsla to the racehorse. The time you dedicate to these breeds of dogs is dedication. Do not buy one if you can not go to training classes. Do not buy one if you work full time. Do not buy one if you have young children and can not dedicate the hours per day to the dog. If you can not do these things the dogs will end up returned to breeder or put in a rescue centre, or worse get a frustrated dog which in the end takes its frustration out on you.
Even though we are what you would call experienced Vizsla owners, and we know how to get the best out of them, i will always say they are not the easiest breed of dog to take on. First time pet owners often struggle. I have had several enquiries lately which I do not think will cope. I know people can surprise us, but I am trying to drill into everyone the dog is your responsibility. Breeders raise the puppy to the best of their ability, and some do far more than others. Social skills are so important for the babies. The next stage is about you and your training skills, and getting your trainer to help you get the best from your dog. Training should be constant and consistent. Patience by the oodles is required. Your time is required and a lot of it. But also teaching separation from the puppy.
Once you get through the first few weeks, it becomes easier, and once the dog is an adult, you wont even remember how difficult they were as a puppy. Puppy stages last but a few months, then adolescence, and then adult. Enjoy your babies as they wont be babies for long
Mrs Rachel Savage