Things to Consider Before Adopting
About the Breed
Size and beauty seem to attract many people to the Vizsla. Their athletic form and motion are lovely characteristics. However, this is by no means a low-maintenance dog. Their need for exercise and companionship is above the norm. They intend to be complete family members and actually require close to the same time as a small child. Vizslas want to be next to their people all the time and often do not do well left alone for long days. They make poor backyard or kennel dogs. Vizslas are often referred to as Velcro dogs. Translated into plain language, that means you may never use the bathroom alone again! Left on their own, they become bored and often destructive as they find things to do to entertain themselves.
All dogs need exercise, but the Vizsla needs faithful daily physical exercise, as well as the mental stimulation of games with you. This is one of the reasons so many Vizsla owners participate in canine sports - for the fun and to keep the Vizsla exercised. The Vizsla can lie down on your lap and cuddle nicely, but not without some stimulating interaction during the day. They don't go out in the back yard and exercise themselves, even with another dog. They insist you join them in all activities.
Vizslas are intelligent and quick learners. That can be good and bad - depending on whether you or the dog is manipulating the training. Vizslas are a sensitive, soft dog that do not take punishment well and respond poorly to harsh training methods. They also mature quite slowly. A Vizsla is a puppy for at least 3 years. Realistic expectations and a lot of patience are requirements to live with a Vizsla.
Vizslas and Children
Vizslas can be good with children, but it is not a given. As hunting dogs, they often do not like to share items and particularly with toddlers. Many breeds are not fond of toddlers, and Vizslas are among them. The Vizsla does not have the pain tolerance or patience of the Labrador when it comes to being hugged, stepped on or cornered. Also, as hunting dogs, they are very oral and tend to mouth small children. They often knock them down and steal their toys and rarely appreciate a small child moving in on their space when resting. No small child should ever be left unsupervised with any dog, so there is a lot of management involved in having both.
Vizslas and Cats or Other Critters
As a high drive hunting dog, many Vizslas do not do well with cats. Much also depends on the particular cat. Situations where the cat came before the puppy have usually worked out better than the reverse but nothing is certain. Those that run or tease are usually chased down. It takes considerable work to reach compatibility with the two species. Other species are also typically considered prey to this breed. So, if you have a house full of various other critters, it would take an exceptional Vizsla to relax and blend in.