Something I really really enjoy doing is helping people decide on a dog breed. I have always loved learning about dog breeds, and when you add further investigation into behavior and personalities of these breeds it just gets all the more interesting. I have collected several breed books, and this is one of my favorites.
It’s not a complicated book, it breaks things down into categories such as: 9 to 5 dog, city dog, high input high output, good dogs that are hard to find, companion, watchdog etc… guess where the Vizsla falls in this book?
High Input High Output. To me it comes as no surprise that it also is part of the Watchdog category.
Here is what this book says about the breed, keep in mind we all know how complex this breed can be so this is just a brief look into the breed.
Let me know if you are having problems reading it, but it appears the photos of the text came through pretty decent (thank you new iPhone)
I think the possible drawback section really hits on an area that is not too commonly talked about among Vizsla owners.
“Sensitive though fearless with a strong protective instinct. Although this description sounds great it is fairly hard combination to pull off”
Soooooo true, this breed is so complex and this sums a lot of it up quite well. This is why I tell people it often is not an easy first dog for people and still may not be for those that are a bit more seasoned too. The combination of physical AND mental exercise needs as well as their above average brains and awareness can make them quite the challenge when these needs are not met. I researched a ton before I settled on the Vizsla breed for myself, months and months not to mention all my interest before I ever looked to getting a dog for myself… and I STILL wondered if I got the right breed those first two years. I also think in some ways I got more of a “True Vizsla” than others… don’t eat me for that statement but she is very much the hunter, independent thinker, and not overly canine social (when given the option of hunting/exploring). I don’t hold it against her, but I feel she likes to be the exception to the breed more often than not. She is far too much like me too 😉 In any case the protective instincts can make for a challenge when a firm consistent leader does not step forward in the family. It’s our job to teach them how to discern threats and non threats. But I feel that is the case with all breeds, but especially those that already have strong protective instincts, more often than not they will not be able to discern properly without our guidance in this complicated world.
So how did you pick your breed? Any tips for those looking?
Speaking of books this is another one I really want to buy, looks like a great book about dog body language