Vizlas have golden fur as rich in color as their lovely personality. These little pups are the smallest of the all-around Pointer breeds. Traditionally, they are gun hounds and are known as hunt, point, and retrieve dogs. A cute fact about these little pooches is that they are often referred to as ‘Velcro-dogs’, because they are so people oriented. This is perfect when they are a puppy, as it enables you to form a bond with your pup. This makes them even more loveable and easier to train.
These puppies are gentle, lively, and intelligent, with a natural instinct to protect their own. This makes them perfect hunting dogs. Vizsla have a natural ‘prey drive’ and so can be easily taught to hunt and retrieve small animals such as rabbits or pigeons. Their calm nature allows them to easily adapt to gunfire, making them the perfect weekend shooting companion. You'll never go wanting for a good hunting partner with a Vizsla at your side.
It is important to keep your puppy mentally as well as physically stimulated, and so hunting is the perfect sport to train her in. By teaching your pup to hunt, it also teaches her obedience, therefore making her a great pooch to have around friends and family.
Vizslas are intelligent dogs and therefore can be trained in obedience from eight weeks old. This includes commands such as ‘Sit’, ‘Stay and ‘Come’. Once your puppy has mastered these types of calls it is time to move on to hunting skills. To fully train your puppy in hunting, it can take anywhere from six to eight months. Continuous practice is also key in order to keep your puppy's skills up to scratch. Some puppies may pick up on hunting skills and techniques faster than others, but with enough patience and practice, your Vizsla can be on her way to forming good behaviors that work well in the field.
Firstly, it is important to research the type of prey you wish to catch. If you are an experienced gunman, then this is the perfect dog for you. If not, don’t worry. Vizsla are also keen chasers, so catching rabbits is ideal. Secondly, find a location in which you are able to hunt. Local hunting ranges or ranches are ideal for this type of hunting.
Vizslas are also dogs that are incredibly smart, as they rank 25th out of 79 breeds when it comes to intelligence. However, they can get easily get bored, so training your pup in simple obedience training when they are young is a sure way to keep them attentive. Once they've picked up a decent array of obedience skills, you can move on to hunting techniques.