Vizsladors are very social animals. They like to live with other vizslads. Some vizzlas will even travel great distances just to spend time with their friends. If you want to keep your own vizsla happy, it is best if you take good care of them and make sure they have plenty of company around them. If you don’t do that, they may become bored and unhappy.
If you are looking for a Vizsla puppy, then you need to choose one from among the following breeds:
Wirehaired Vizslas (Vizlador)
These are the most popular breed of vizzla in the world today. They have been bred since ancient times and are considered to be some of the smartest creatures in existence. Their intelligence makes them excellent hunters and scavengers. They are known to be extremely loyal companions and love to share everything with each other.
Golden Vizslas (Vizlador)
The Golden Vizsla is a cross between a Wirehair Vizsla and a Shorthair Vizsla. These dogs were originally developed as guard dogs but they have proved themselves quite adept at hunting too. They have also proven themselves capable of surviving in almost any environment, including desert environments. If you’re looking for a guard dog then the Golden Vizsla is one of the best possible choices.
German Shorthaired Vizslas (GSHV)
These are also a crossbreed between a wirehair and a shorthair vizsla. The GSHV are considered to be excellent hunting animals and loyal companions. They are easier to train and much more manageable than their other varieties of vizslas. They are perfect for any occasion and can easily adapt to any situation.
If you’re looking for a vizsla that is suitable for apartment living, then the GSHV is definitely one of your best options.
Tibetan Mastiffs (Tibook)
Tibooks are huge dogs, bred to resemble wolves in appearance. They stand at about 2m tall and weigh at around 150kg. Despite their large frames, the tibook is an extremely fast animal. They are extremely loyal and fearless, making them suitable as guard dogs.
If you do not own a tibook, you should be prepared to have one guard dog for every 1000m2 of your home. Despite their large size, they prefer to live inside the house rather than outside in a kennel. This makes them less than ideal for people without large properties.
If you’re looking for a vizsla that is suitable for city life, then you should definitely go with a tibook over any other breed. However, you must be prepared to make large adjustments to your property in order to accommodate such a large animal.
The vizslador (vizsla labrador mix, or VLM) is a relatively new breed of dog. It’s a crossbreed between a vizsla and a black labrador retriever. It has the loyalty and intelligence of the black labrador with the nose and instinctive hunting abilities of a vizsla. They have short hair, making them suitable for both hunting and city life.
They also have Vizslador or VLM for short.
However, you will need to make large adjustments to your property in order to accommodate such a large animal.
Mastiffador (Mastiff Lab Mix, or MLM)
The mastiffador, also known as the mastiff labrador mix, or simply the MLM, is a relatively new breed of dog. It’s a crossbreed between a mastiff and a black labrador retriever. It has the loyalty and intelligence of the black labrador with the size and instinctive hunting abilities of a mastiff. It’s a very large dog, and as such is only suitable for people with lots of space.
It also has short hair, making it suitable for both hunting and city life. If you’re looking for a crossbreed between a hunting dog and a guard dog, the mastiffador is definitely one of your best options.
You have decided to buy a vizsla. After a long search, you find the perfect vizsla for you; it’s young, friendly, and the right price. You take it home, and begin your journey of training.
You wake up at seven AM. You let your dog out of its cage to pee, then let it inside again so it can eat some food while you have breakfast. After breakfast you brush your teeth, get dressed, and prepare your dog’s dinner. At eight AM you leave for work.
After work, you come home, let your dog out, feed it, bathe it if necessary, train it, feed it again, then let it outside to play for half an hour or so. You then lock it in its cage for the night and go to bed. On weekends you take the dog with you on trips into the countryside so that it can learn how to hunt.
After a couple of years of this routine, your vizsla is fully grown and knows basic commands such as sit, stay, come here and heel. It’s also fully house trained and will no longer mess inside the house. It’s time to start training it to hunt. Take your vizsla to the country and release it from its leash.
It might run around a bit, but it will soon spot and track some prey. It is at this point that you should take out your hunter’s whistle and blow into it. The vizsla will stop what it is doing, run over to you and sit in front of you. This is the cue for it to wait there until you are ready to continue. Repeat this routine with the whistle every time you go out hunting with your dog.
Eventually, when you are sure that your dog will obey the whistle, you can start carrying your gun as well. Take it out to the country again, but leave the whistle at home. Release your dog from its leash and take up a hiding place where you can see your dog but it cannot see you. Take out your gun and try to hit the prey with a warning shot.
If this doesn’t scare it off, shoot to kill. After you have shot the prey, call your dog over to you and reward it with praise and perhaps a treat or two.
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