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From minimal shedding to loyalty and undying devotion, there are plenty of reasons to love the Vizsla Weimaraner mix or simply, Vizmaraner. If you are looking for a large dog that will make your life much more fulfilling, this breed fits the bill. He is an excellent family pet who is easy to train and groom. However, like other breeds, he comes with challenges of his own. Before you bring one home, you might want to know both sides of the coin. This way, you will be adequately prepared to properly take care of your pup. In this guide, we have outlined the pros and cons of owning a Vizmaraner.
About the Breed
As the name suggests, the Vizmaraner is a mix between a Vizsla and a Weimaraner. Both breeds have a long history of hunting game. The former originated from Hungary and dates as far back as the 10th century. It is a medium-sized strong dog with excellent protective instincts and was developed to hunt small game. The Weimaraner, on the other hand, is larger and was used by early Weimaraners to hunt big game such as bear, boar, and deer in the 19th century. When you bring the two breeds together, you will end up with a typical hunting dog with a high energy level.
The Vizsla weighs 45-65 lb and stalls at a height of 21-24 inches while the Weimaraner weights 55-88 lb and stands at a height of 22-28 inches. From this data, it is evident that both breeds are close in terms of weight and height. Both also have short, dense coats and long, thin snout which is transferred to the hybrid. Like the German shepherd, the Vizmaraner cannot stand up completely. He has long, wide ears and blue/brown eyes (with a few having yellow, amber, and gray eyes as well).
To begin things on a positive note, here are the pros of owning a Vismaraner.
All dogs are affectionate and loyal but the Vizmaraner takes things to a whole new level. Whether you are training in the sun all day or going on a winter excursion trip, don’t be surprised if he doesn’t leave your side. The Vizsla is referred to as a Velcro Dog because he can be affectionate and clingy towards his owners. Your hybrid dog doesn’t mind sitting on your lap after a long day running around playing with water. If you have young kids, they will make for great playful companions for your pooch. As long as he is trained to socialize at a young age, a Vizmaraner can coexist peacefully with other animals and strangers.
The Vizmaraner is a highly intelligent dog that responds very well to training. He is famous for picking new skills quicker than his counterparts. This is a great dog for people who don’t like repeating instructions over and over again. He likes to please you and enjoys a new challenge. Whether you are crate-training him, teaching him a new task, or breaking a bad habit, this dog will make the process fast and smooth. Positive reinforcement works great during training as does plenty of exercise.
3. Minimal grooming
As mentioned before, the Vizsla and Weimaraner mix feature a sleek dense coat with short hair. Since both parents are minimal shedders, expect your dog to be the same. Like many other canines out there, proper grooming is required to really keep the coat tidy. Some pet owners claim that their Vizmaraners shed heavily during certain seasons, so it might be a great idea to keep that in mind. Be sure to brush him daily or a few times a week. In addition, invest in a quality vacuum to keep up with any loose hairs on your floors and surfaces. As for bathing, don’t go crazy as you might dry out their skin.
4. A perfect companion for athletes and hunters
Athletes looking for perfect companions will find a Vizmaraner a great fit. They will stick by your side until you are done. This also applies to hunters. They can walk for miles, keep a low profile, point at prey and even help you take it down. If you consider yourself an avid athlete or a hunter, having this dog will make your life much more fun.
5. Good health
When it comes to health, all dog breeds are candidates of one or another complication. However, some are predisposed to certain ailments by genetics. Vizmaraners are generally healthy dogs that can live up to the age of 10-15 years with very few problems. Some of the diseases they are likely to suffer from include epilepsy, lymphoma, hip dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy. As usual, be sure to take him to the vet for occasional allergy tests, thyroid tests, heart testing, blood tests, hip and elbow X-rays, and eye examinations.
And now to the not-so-great side of owning a Vizmaraner:
1. Exercise requirements
Thanks to both his parents who are athletic hunters, a Vizmaraner demands a lot in the way of exercise. If you can’t afford to walk him for a minimum of two hours daily, you are better off with another breed altogether. Pet parents who are busy often pay a dog walker to do the needful. This dog has a super high amount of energy that needs to be let out. When walking off the leash, expect him to bounce off walls, jump fences, and run around for long periods of time. Having a large secured yard is perfect for him. If you live in an apartment, walk him around the neighborhood or the park. Without enough exercise, this hybrid breed will let go of the steam in destructive ways.
2. Separation anxiety
While being affectionate and clingy, a Vizmaraner suffers from separation anxiety greatly. When left alone for long periods of time, he tends to get bored and destructive. If you work for long shifts, you might want to assign a dog walker or another family member to keep him company. Don’t worry, if you have another animal at home, your dog will be content with your absence. Please note that this dog also loves his own company, especially if your household is busy and noisy. Don’t be alarmed when he retreats to a corner during family dinners and gatherings.
Although intelligent, a Vizmaraner has also been known to be quite stubborn. The trainer needs to be firm, strong, and consistent otherwise the dog might take advantage of them. If you tend to give in easily during training, let someone else take over training your dog.
A Vizmaraner is a beautiful dog with a fiercely loyal character. On the flip side, he needs plenty of exercise to function well, can be stubborn, and suffers from separation anxiety. If you can put up with these things, you will end up with a dog that will put a smile on your face and heart.