Meet Goose the Hungarian Vizslas and his owners Corry & Liz
About the Breed
Hungarian Vizslas were originally bred in Hungary over a thousand years ago as gundogs because of their natural hunting instincts. Today this breed is known for their loving nature and companionship and requires plenty of exercise and attention.
Why did you choose this particular breed?
We have a friend whose parents got a Hungarian Vizsla (funnily enough they took an online quiz to find out which dog breed would suit them). We were lucky enough to house sit for them quite a few times over the years and just fell in love with their dog and the breed.
Is their personality/behaviour in line with what people may associate with the breed?
Vizslas are super energetic dogs and potentially need 2 walks/adventures a day. They are highly intelligent and capable of being trained from an early age, which is recommended if you want to raise a manageable mate. When it comes to training, always use positive reinforcement and plenty of praise.
They love attention from their owners and want to be with you as much as possible.
Any Tips for someone considering getting this breed?
Nicknamed “Velco Vizsla”, they like nothing more than being with their human companions, for example, Goose struggles to decide where to be in our house if we aren’t in the same room together.
Vizslas are great loyal family dogs, best suited to active households. They are hard-working and versatile pets that are happiest with a job, be it jogging with you, playing fetch or learning a new trick – Goose loves giving high fives and is currently learning how to fist bump.
They are great with kids, however, like all dogs they need to be trained and given experience being around kids from a young age.
They don’t have an undercoat so they can get cold easily, so don’t be surprised if they want to snuggle up next to you on the couch.
How interested/good at training or obedience?
Vizslas are very smart dogs, eager to learn and even more eager to please! They thrive when involved in a family life and trained with positive, reward based methods. Ruling with an iron fist will get you absolutely nowhere.
We crate trained Goose and it was the best thing we could have done for him. It helped us to establish some rules and boundaries with him from the start. It also gave us peace of mind when leaving him alone at home knowing that he had a safe and comfortable space of his own.
Any tricks, skills or community work?
Goose is a pro at getting his way, if he isn’t happy about a situation he drops his bottom lip, and it is the cutest thing ever!
When Goose gets tired or too overwhelmed, he grabs a toy, holds it in his mouth and kneads it (similar to a cat).
Goose is a working dog. Corry is a Sports Coach for kids aged 3-9 years old and Goose gets to go to classes with him. The kids love Goose so much! He is such a lovely natured dog and he is also used to helping kids who are scared of dogs overcome that fear.
You can catch his adventures on Instagram: @goose_thegingerninja