Pros and Cons of Owning a Vizsla Poodle Mix

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Pros and Cons of Owning a Vizsla Poodle Mix

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There are more than 60 poodle mixes out there. Some are popular and others uncommon.

The Vizsla Poodle mix is still somewhat in the shadows. It is a rare breed but one with great companionship potential.

The Vizsla is a cute medium-sized with roots in Hungary. His name is Hungarian for “tracker” or “searcher”.

This smooth-haired hunting breed is beautiful, deeply affectionate, gets along with all, and super energetic.

The Poodle, on the other hand, is one of America’s favorite. He is soft, gentle, fiercely loyal, and loving.

Who wouldn’t desire most (if not all) of these qualities in one dog?

If you want a Vizsla Poodle mix, go for it.

However, you might want to find out both the good and the bad of owning one.

Lucky for you, we have done the homework so you don’t have to.

Pros

1. Affection

This sounds like a broken record as virtually all dogs are affectionate.

However, the Vizsla Poodle mix takes this to a whole new level.

Both mom and dad are affectionate breeds who love hanging out with family. They love cuddling as a way to bond with their owners chemically.

If you let them snuggle with you, they can go on forever. They enjoy licking your feet, maintaining eye contact, jumping on you, and rolling on their backs when you are around.

Expect nothing less from the hybrid. He will show you and your family plenty of affection.

2. Good With Kids

If you have kids, it is important to get a dog that gets along with them.

Sadly, there are a number of breeds that just don’t like sharing the same roof with kids.

Although Miniature Poodles are strung and not ideal for families with kids, Standard Poodles are the exact opposite.

They are energetic and would love playing games with kids in the sun all morning.

Vizslas also enjoy being in the company of young children. A handful of them can be too energetic for kids under six.

If you end up with a designer dog of this nature, early socialization will take care of the problem once and for all.

3. Good With Other Pets

The Vizsla Poodle mix is also great with other pets.

Both mom and dad don’t have strong prey drives. When they see a cat or a small dog, they don’t have the inclination to chase it around.

Vizslas are not as friendly towards other dogs but they rarely pick fights with them. Instead, they find ways of co-existing peacefully with them.

Of course, early socialization will make your hybrid dog even better around other pets but even without socialization, don’t expect him to start trouble with pets at home.

4. Low-maintenance

Most Vizsla Poodle mixes feature short smooth coats like the Vizsla.

A handful leans on the other side of the family and will have dense curly coats.

Either way, this is a moderate-low shredder. He is perfect for people with allergies.

Grooming him means clipping every month or so to keep the coat nice and short.

If you end up with a dog with a short and smooth coat, he may only require brushing to maintain its polished smooth look.

5. Intelligence and trainability

Both the Vizsla and the Poodle score very high in the smarts department. The offspring is bound to follow in their footsteps.

Expect him to pay close attention to the trainer’s instruction. He thinks on his toes and picks up new tricks with the speed of lightning.

Introducing new challenges is a breeze. He gets excited at the thought of a new challenge and will do everything to put a smile on your face.

When you give him challenging toys, he will be mentally stimulated for hours on end.

Positive training works best for him so give him a lot of that.

In short, you will absolutely love training your Vizsla Poodle dog.

6. Adaptability

Here’s another advantage of owning a mix between the Standard Poodle and the Hungarian Vizsla.

Whether you live alone or with a bunch of other humans and pets, this breed will fit right in. He will learn your routines and conform to them.

If you decide to move to a totally new place with different climatic conditions, he is not likely to whine and complain.

Rather, he will adjust and make the new place home again.

He is easy to handle, loves to please, and generally submits under your leadership.

All these things describe his adaptable and affectionate nature.

Cons

1. Stubbornness

Intelligence is a two-sided street when it comes to dog training.

On one hand, a smart dog is easy to train because he loves new challenges, pays attention to the owner, and learns new stuff fast.

However, most intelligent dogs are also stubborn in nature.

The Vizsla Poodle mix fits the profile just right. He can be headstrong and will require a dominant trainer who knows how to handle smart dogs.

This canine can also get bored in a flash. You have to keep entertaining to maintain their focus during training and other activities.

When teaching him new tricks, look for interesting challenges otherwise he will simply ignore you.

2. Sensitivity

Members of the Poodle family are sensitive dogs, in general.

The Standard Poodle is the leader of the pack when it comes to sensitivity. Yelling, shouting, and lack of peace make him uneasy.

This dog is so sensitive that if you startle him, he will finch in a not-so-good manner.

If the mix borrows genes from the Poodle side of the family, anticipate a sensitive dog.

In this case, you might want to create a calm and peaceful environment.

Don’t yell or shout at him. It won’t get you anywhere.

On the contrary, it might scare your dog away – you don’t want that.

3. Barking Potential

Don’t like owning vocal dogs? The Vizsla Poodle mix may not be right for you.

One of his parents is a guard dog. What’s a guard dog without the ability to use his vocal cords to alert his owners of an intrusion?

Thankfully, the Vizsla is not a very loud dog. He barks on occasion.

You’d be lucky if the mix takes after him.

Just to be safe, anticipate the worst.

Take care of the living situation so that if you get a loud dog, you won’t cross paths with your neighbors.

4. Exercise Requirements

Having an active dog can be both advantageous and disadvantageous depending on how you look at it.

There are pet owners who specifically look for a high-energy dog breed to help them with their fitness goals.

They love a dog that can go for a long jog, hike in the mountains, and take long walks with them.

Then there are those that have too busy lives that they have no time to exercise the dog. Some are just too lazy to do it.

Regardless of where you fall, this is not a dog for a lazy parent.

He needs a bare minimum of one hour walk per day lest he starts chewing on your shoes or a plethora of other destructive behaviors.

Conclusion

A Vizsla Poodle mix is a playful, affectionate, outgoing, and intelligent designer dog.

If you love the qualities of both parents, you will fall head over heels in love with this hybrid.

Sure, there are few compromises you will have to make but as you might have noticed, the pros outweigh the cons.

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