|Barked: Sun Jan 18, '09 10:08am PST |
|I've always seen Vizslas as a smaller, mildly less intense version of the GSP. The few I've known were toned down in most areas when compared to Gunner and the other GSPs I've known. They had less energy (by no means were they low energy, just less than the bouncing off the walls energy of a GSP) and were a bit more reserved (at the dog show I attend, GSPs are more likely to jump up on all people in excitement, Vizslas tended to stick more to the people they know), but in most others ways are complementary to GSPs.
I don't know how high their prey drive is. Many people still hunt their Vizslas, so I'm sure that some lines have a higher drive than others. I wouldn't be worried about Gunner because a puppy raised with him is not going to see him as prey and a rescue will tell you how the dog does with other dogs. I will say it's possible for a Vizsla to see a small dog as prey (Gunner certainly has, especially Yorkies, who strongly resemble squirrels) but it is easily avoided.
Of the three (GSPs, Weims, and Vizslas), I believe the Vizsla to be the least neurotic and Weims to be the most. Most Weims I've known have suffered at least a mild form of separation anxiety, and while I'm sure some Vizslas have it as well, it seems less prominent in the breed.
Vizslas are a breed I love and admire and one I dream of adding to the family some day.
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