Vizmaraner

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Hungary <> Germany -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Vizmaraner

The Vizmaraner is a magnificent dog descended from a long line of hunting and trapping ancestors. Its short, smooth coat means it enjoys the water, while its unwavering devotion and loyalty make it a perfect family companion. In fact, the reason it's also known as the Velcro dog is that it can be very clingy and affectionate. Be on the lookout, however, for any signs of separation anxiety if you're going to be away for long periods. This is a common phenomenon with this hybrid. Although adapted to life in small spaces, the Vizmaraner needs plenty of exercise. This energetic dog is the ideal companion for racing, is ready to work longer than any other breed and is very easy to train and educate. He will, however, follow your instructions and be ready to snuggle up to you for an evening cuddle when all is said and done.

History of the Vizmaraner

The Vizmaraner's two parent breeds were bred for tracking game. For the Weimaraner, this meant mainly big game, while for the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer, the prey was smaller and he also had to point. While Weimaraners were used in the field for many big hunts, the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer was also used to aid falcons in their hunt, as well as for falconry training. Both parent breeds also have a strong propensity for hunting small prey, meaning they could also be used to hunt small game such as rabbits and birds.
        

A little of the Hungarian short haired pointer

        
Some stories say that the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer dates back to the 9th century, but accurate records can only show that breeding began in the early 1800s in Hungary. In fact, Vizsla means pointing in Hungarian. These dogs were bred for hunting and companionship, and the breeders' club was founded in May 1920. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960, these dogs are respected for their courage, bravery and ability to serve as service and therapy dogs.
Standard of the Hungarian short haired pointer

A little of the Weimaraner

The Weimaraner is a fairly recent breed of dog. Originating in the early 1800s, Bloodhounds are thought to have been their ancestors. However, in the late 1800s, the Weimar Pointer line was probably the most protected dog breed. To own one, strict conditions had to be met, including membership of the Weimaraner Club, and only 1,500 dogs of this breed could be registered at any one time. They joined the American Kennel Club in 1943.
Standard of the Weimaraner

Appearance of the Vizmaraner

The Weimaraner and the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer both have short, dense, silky coats, so the Vizmaraner's coat will be very similar. The muzzle and mouth of both dogs are long and fine, with the Weimaraner's nose being longer. The ears will be long, thin and wide, and will not be able to stand fully erect as can be seen on a German Shepherd. This hybrid may have blue or brown eyes, like the parents, and you may even see green, amber, yellow and gray eyes. As both dogs adapt well to water, you can expect a high probability of webbed toes and larger paws.

Temperament of the Vizmaraner

Vizmaraners are the epitome of playfulness, energy and trainability. They do very well in homes with children and other pets, and are tolerant of strangers if you are. They make the ideal partner for keen athletes like runners, as they'll stay by your side even in the hot summer months. They're also perfect for dedicated hunters, and don't mind traveling long distances. They can even help you. If you're looking for a dog that's easy to train, the Vizmaraner is perfect. Don't expect to have to repeat new tricks or tasks too often, as he's a quick learner. Note, however, that these dogs quickly become attached to their master and can suffer from separation anxiety if you're away for long periods. Be prepared to devote a lot of time to these dogs if you want a happy, healthy pet.

Needs and activities of the Vizmaraner

As an active, fit dog, your Vizmaraner will want to play. Lots of it. If you have a home with a fenced-in, secure yard, or if you can use a dog run in a nearby park, you should have ample opportunity to get the necessary amount of exercise. Although these dogs are best suited to larger homes with gardens, they are perfectly compatible with apartment living, provided they get frequent and thorough exercise. Don't keep them cooped up for too long, or you'll end up with a sad animal or, conversely, one that begins to expend pent-up energy by chewing or tearing things apart.

Maintenance of the Vizmaraner

It's important to start by saying that Vizmaraners should only be bathed when necessary. Because their coat is so short and dense, it has a very smooth appearance that stays all year round. They have no undercoat, so they're likely to shed very little at any one time, but it's possible. That's why you should brush them from time to time, especially if you notice hair on your furniture or their litter box. The beautiful short coat also means you need to pay attention to the weather. If you need a jacket to go out, chances are they'll need one too. They should never be left out in the cold for long periods. As they have long, folded ears, you need to examine them often to check for wax build-up or other problems. As their ears are not erect and receive very little airflow, they can be an ideal breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. Nails should be trimmed monthly and checked after rigorous play or time outdoors.

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