Vizmaraner

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45-72 lbs
21-24"
Germany, Hungary
Vizsla
Weimaraner
Velcro Dog

The Vizmaraner is a beautiful dog that comes from a long lineage of hunting and trailing ancestors. Their short, sleek hair gives them the ability to enjoy water, while their undying devotion and loyalty makes them the perfect family companion. In fact, the reason they are also called Velcro Dog is because they can be very clingy and affectionate. Be on the lookout though for any signs of separation anxiety if you have to be gone for long periods of time. This is definitely a common occurrence for this hybrid. While suited for living in small spaces, ample exercise is very important for the Vizmaraner. This high energy dog makes the perfect running companion, is willing to work longer than just about any other breed and is super easy to train. They'll take their cues from you though, and be willing to snuggle up for a good evening cuddle when all is said and done.

Purpose
Game Trailing, Pointing, Companion
Date of Origin
Middle Ages
Ancestry
Weimaraner and Vizsla

Vizmaraner Health

Average Size
Male Vizmaraner size stats
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 47-75 lbs
Female Vizmaraner size stats
Height: 21-24 inches Weight: 45-72 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Lymphoma
  • Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cherry Eye
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Urolithiasis
  • Allergies
  • Bloat
  • Hemophilia
  • Bacterial and Viral Infections
  • Hypodysmyelinogenesis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Thyroid Tests
  • Allergy Tests
  • Eye Examinations
  • Blood Tests
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays
  • Heart Testing

Vizmaraner Breed History

Both parents breeds of the Vizmaraner were bred for game trailing. For the Weimaraner, this was primarily big game, and for the Vizsla, the prey was smaller and they were also expected to point. While Weimaraners were used in the field for many large hunts, the Vizsla was also used in aiding falcons in their hunting as well as falconry training. Both parent breeds also have a high, small prey drive, meaning they could also be used in hunting smaller game such as rabbit and birds. Weimaraners, as dog breeds go, are fairly new. Originating in the early 1800's, it is believed that bloodhounds were ancestors of theirs. However, the Weimaraner bloodline was, in the late 1800's, probably the most protected dog breed. There were strict requirements for owning one, which included membership in the Weimaraner Club, and only 1500 of the breed were allowed to be registered at any given time. They joined the American Kennel Club in 1943. Some stories say that the Vizsla dates back to the ninth century, but accurate reports can only show that breeding began in the early 1800's in Hungary. In fact, Vizsla means "pointer" in Hungarian. These dogs were bred for hunting and companionship, with the Breeders Club gaining establishment in May, 1920. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960, these canines are respected for their courage, bravery, and ability to perform as service and therapy dogs.

Vizmaraner Breed Appearance

Both the Weimaraner and the Vizsla have short, dense, silky coats, so the Vizmaraner's coat will be very much the same. The snout and muzzle of both dogs are long and thin, with the Weimaraner's nose being longer. The ears will be long, thin and wide, and unable to stand completely up such as you might see on a German Shepherd. This hybrid could have blue or brown eyes, like the parents, and you could even see eyes colored green, amber, yellow and gray as well. Since both of these dogs adapt well to the water, you can expect the high probability of webbed toes and larger paws.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Vizmaraner eyes
Blue
hazel Vizmaraner eyes
Hazel
brown Vizmaraner eyes
Brown
amber Vizmaraner eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
blue Vizmaraner nose
Blue
black Vizmaraner nose
Black
brown Vizmaraner nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Vizmaraner coat
Brindle
sable Vizmaraner coat
Sable
fawn Vizmaraner coat
Fawn
brown Vizmaraner coat
Brown
gray Vizmaraner coat
Gray
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Vizmaraner straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Vizmaraner Breed Maintenance

It's important to begin by saying that Vizmaraner's need only be bathed when it is necessary. Because their hair is so short and dense, it has a very sleek look that remains year round. They have no undercoat, so you're likely to see very little shedding at any time, however it is possible. For this reason, they should be brushed from time to time, especially if you notice hair on your furniture or their bedding. The short beautiful coat also means that you should pay attention to the weather. If you need a jacket in order to be outside, odds are they could use one as well. They should never be left out in the cold for extended periods of time. Because they have long, folded ears, you should check them often for wax buildup and other concerns. Since their ears don't stand up and get very little air flow, it can be the perfect breeding ground for viral and bacteria breeding. Nails should be trimmed on a monthly basis and monitored after rigorous play or outside time.

Brushes for Vizmaraner
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Vizmaraner requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Vizmaraner Temperament

Vizmaraner's are the embodiment of playfulness, energy and trainability. They do great in homes with children and other pets and are tolerant of strangers if you are. They make the perfect accomplice for avid athletes such as runners, because they will stick with you even in the hot summer months. They're also great for devoted hunters, and don't mind walking long distances. They might even help out! If you're looking for a dog that's easy to train, a Vizmaraner is the perfect one. Don't expect to repeat new tricks or tasks too often, because they pick things up quickly. You should take note, however, that these dogs become very attached to their owners very quickly and can suffer from separation anxiety if you are gone for long periods of time. Be prepared to devote a lot of time to these dogs for a pet that's happy and healthy.

Vizmaraner Activity Requirements

As active, physically fit dogs, your Vizmaraner is going to want to play. A lot. If you have a home with a fenced yard that is secure, or you're able to make use of a dog lot in a nearby park, you should have ample opportunity for the proper amount of exercise. While these dogs do best in larger homes with yards, they are completely compatible with apartment living, so long as they are exercised frequently and completely. Don't leave them cooped up too long or you might experience a sad pet or, on the other extreme, they might begin to take out their pent up energy by chewing or tearing things up.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
15 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Vizmaraner Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Vizmaraner Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Vizmaraner size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female Vizmaraner size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 25 lbs
12 Months
Male Vizmaraner size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 58 lbs
Female Vizmaraner size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 55 lbs
18 Months
Male Vizmaraner size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 61 lbs
Female Vizmaraner size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 60 lbs

Vizmaraner Owner Experiences

Veruschka
8 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Tug-of-war
Good so far. Very playful after naps.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Pluk
5 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
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Trainability
Pastimes
Great dog, super with our kids! Amazing dog, fast learner
2 months, 3 weeks ago
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