Vizsla Dog

The Vizsla is a natural hunter endowed with an excellent nose and an outstanding trainability. Although they are lively, gentle mannered, demonstrably affectionate and sensitive, they are also fearless and possessed of a well-developed protective instinct

 

 

Appearance

 

The Vizsla is a medium-sized short-coated hunting dog of distinguished appearance and bearing. Robust but rather lightly built, they are lean dogs, have defined muscles, and are observed to share similar physical characteristics with the Weimaraner.

Various breeds are often mistaken for Vizslas, and Vizslas are often mistaken for other breeds. Redbone Coonhounds, Weimaraners and Rhodesian Ridgebacks are some of the most commonly confused breeds. The body structure of a Vizsla is very similar in appearance to a Weimaraner and Redbone Coonhound, though the Vizsla is typically leaner with more defined musculature. Weimaraners and Rhodesian Ridgebacks are larger than Vizslas. The nose of the Vizsla will always have a reddish color that blends with the coat color. Black, brown, light pink, or another color nose is an indication of another breed - or at least not a pure Vizsla. Eyes and nails should also blend with coat color.

Color and coats

The standard coat is a solid golden-rust color in different shadings, but some breeding programs have resulted in a solid rust coat. The coat could also be described as a copper/brown color, russet gold and dark sandy gold. Solid dark mahogany red and pale yellow are faulty. Small areas of white on the fore-chest and on the neck and pie. permissible but not preferred. Some variations in the Vizsla coat color along their back (saddle-type marks) is typical.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standard for the Vizsla states that the coat should be short, smooth, dense and close-lying, without woolly undercoat. The Vizsla is totally unsuited to being kept outside, since unlike most other breeds, it does not have an undercoat. This lack of undercoat makes the Vizsla susceptible to the cold so it must not be kept in a kennel or left outside for extended periods of time. They are self-cleaning dogs and only need to be bathed infrequently, and are somewhat unique in that they have little noticeable "dog smell" detectable by humans. After several forays into lakes and streams they will develop an aroma that is a weaker version of the 'wet dog' smell. A quick bath and this odor will vanish.

Tail

The breed standard calls for the tail to be docked to two-thirds of its original length. Although the remainder of the tail is strong, the third docked is thin and whip-like and is open to damage in the field. The Vizsla holds its tail horizontal to the ground and wags it vigorously while charging through rough scrub and undergrowth. Without docking, the unprotected tip can suffer splitting and bleeding. Once damaged, the tail is extremely difficult to heal, sometimes requiring amputation later in life when the dog must be placed under general anaesthetic causing undue stress and pain.

The docked tail of the Vizsla is significantly longer than that of other dogs with traditionally docked tails such as the Weimaraner, Doberman, Boxer, and Australian Shepherd. Since the tail is docked when the puppy is less than three days old, this longer dock can result in some variation in tail length among Vizsla dogs from different breeding programs.

Size

The Vizsla is a medium-sized dog, and fanciers feel that large dogs are undesirable. The average height and weight:
  • Males
    • Height: 22–25 inches (56–63 cm)
    • Weight: 45–66 pounds (20–30 kg)
  • Females
    • Height: 21–24 in (53–61 cm)
    • Weight: 40–55 lb (18–25 kg)

Health

The life expectancy of the Vizsla is 12–15 years. The Vizsla is considered to be a robust dog, but some localized breeding programs using a small number of dogs have led to heritable illnesses in some offspring, including:
  • Hip dysplasia is very rare but remotely possible.
  • Canine Epilepsy
Responsible breeders do not select dogs for breeding if they have such inherent problems.
Vizslas can also be prone to skin and food allergiesData reffer :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vizsla


 


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How to Choose a Good Dog Sitter

If you are going away from home for any period of time then you will need to either kennel your dog or hire a pet sitter. Many people prefer to hire a pet sitter because it allows their dog to stay at home and maintain their normal routine, which is much better for the dog. Also, there is no risk of common kennel diseases and ailments. When hiring a pet sitter you also know who will be caring for your dog and you have the chance to fully assess their skills.

You Must Trust Your Sitter

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Finding a Sitter

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Do an Interview

You need to interview the dog sitter before you make any final decisions. Even if it is someone that you know, you still want an interview. During the interview you will not only be asking about them, but also telling them about your dog and making sure they understand everything that is involved in caring for your dog. You want to take this time to iron out details and make sure the sitter can give you the type of commitment that you are looking for.

If the person is not someone you know or is not someone that was referred to you then you should ask for references. You want to take time to check the references before you hire the sitter.

Once you have found a dog sitter that you feel comfortable with you will then need to create written instructions and a schedule for them. Set a tie to go over everything and start having the sitter come over to play with the dog and go over the different tasks they will be handling when you are gone. This allows time for them to ask questions and to be sure they know exactly what they are supposed to do.

Hiring a pet sitter can be a great idea that will make it easier on your dog when you go away. However, it can also create problems if you hire a sitter without being able to fully trust them. Just be sure that whoever you hire is someone that will treat your dog right, respect your home and be complete trustworthy to do what you are paying them to do.

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