Vizsla Staff

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

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

A brief presentation of the Vizsla Staff

The Vizsla Staff is the result of a cross between the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer and the American Staffordshire Terrier. It's an athletic dog with lots of energy and a jovial personality. These puppies are deeply devoted to their masters and are happy to be lapdogs, even though they weigh an average of 22 kilos. Their short coats do not shed and require minimal maintenance. Although they are prone to a few diseases, they are generally very healthy. Their intelligence and love of people make them excellent candidates to be service dogs, and they make a wonderful pet for an active family.

History of the Vizsla Staff

The Vizsla Staff is a recent hybrid breed, so its exact origins and history have yet to be discovered. However, its parent breeds have a longer history and have been popular in the USA for many years.
        

A little of the Hungarian short haired pointer

        
The Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer is a very old breed, originating in Hungary. Its exact date of origin is unclear, but Central European artwork shows dogs resembling the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer as early as the 10th century. They are thought to be descended from the Turkish Yellow Hound, the Transylvanian Hound and the Weimar Pointer. It is thought that they were first used for hunting falcons, but later evolved into pointing and retrieving dogs. Hungarian Shorthaired Pointers even played a role in the First World War, where they helped deliver letters. They found their place in the United States in the 1950s, and were admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1960. Since then, they have remained a popular breed in the United States.
Standard of the Hungarian short haired pointer

A little of the American Staffordshire Terrier

The origins of the American Staffordshire Terrier go back to the 1800s in England, where it was bred as a farm dog. These puppies were tasked with rounding up bulls for the butchers, so they were bred to be fierce but obedient. Farmers needed a sturdy dog capable of withstanding the size and fury of an adult bull. Unfortunately, these dogs were also used for a long time in dog-fighting rings. For many years, these puppies were known as Staffordshire Bull Terriers, but after their arrival in the United States, American breeders began to favor larger dogs and eventually the American incarnation of the breed became known as the American Staffordshire Terrier. There are few differences between the two breeds, apart from size. The American Staffordshire Terrier was admitted to the AKC in 1936 and has remained a widespread breed ever since.
Standard of the American Staffordshire Terrier

Appearance of the Vizsla Staff

Vizsla Staffs are strong, athletic dogs with graceful trots. They can be fine-boned and lean like the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer, or stocky and strong like the American Staffordshire Terrier. They have short, glossy coats and short tails that form a point at the tip. Its legs are straight and its paws are round. It can inherit the broad head of the American Staffordshire Terrier or the finer-boned skull of the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer. Ears may be small, high and pointed, or low, soft and broad, or somewhere in between. Its eyes will be brown, and its nose may be brown or black. His coat may be the characteristic rust color of the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer, but it can be any combination of colors, like that of the American Staffordshire Terrier.

Temperament of the Vizsla Staff

The Vizsla Staff is an intelligent, active dog that loves people. Hungarian Shorthaired Pointers and American Staffordshire Terriers are known for their affection for humans, the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer has even earned the nickname Velcro dog, and it's a trait the Vizsla Staff has certainly inherited. They are happy to be with their masters at all times. They are fiercely loyal and make excellent watchdogs because of their propensity to bark at the slightest sign of disturbance. They may appear fierce, but they are usually quick to approach strangers as soon as they realize there is no threat. Its solid build and deep bark can be intimidating, so it's important to train your Vizsla Staff well so that it backs away on command and doesn't let strangers feel threatened. These dogs are great with children, but are best entrusted to older children because of their size; their boisterous nature can lead them to knock over smaller children during playtime. Hungarian Shorthaired Pointers and American Staffordshire Terriers are two sensitive, gentle breeds. They're easy to train because of their eagerness to please, although Am Staffs can have a stubborn streak, but they don't respond well to rough training methods. Be sure to use a reward-based training program with your Vizsla Staff to create the best possible experience for you and your puppy. Vizsla Staffs generally get on well with other dogs, especially if socialized from an early age. They can coexist with cats, although they sometimes tend to chase small animals. Because of their intelligence and incredible amount of energy, it's important to make sure your puppy gets plenty of exercise. They love being outdoors, but don't plan to leave them alone in the yard for too long, as they are sensitive and prone to separation anxiety.

Needs and activities of the Vizsla Staff

The Vizsla Staff is an active dog that needs a great deal of daily activity. You should plan to give your dog around 60 to 90 minutes of exercise every day to keep their energy under control. If they don't get enough exercise, these dogs can be very difficult to control; they can bark and become destructive. Many a pair of shoes has been sacrificed to a bored dog, so make sure you exercise him regularly. These puppies make excellent jogging companions, but they also excel in agility and obedience trials. When properly exercised, they are more than happy to spend their free time as apartment dogs. These dogs can live anywhere, provided they get plenty of exercise, but the ideal home is one with a fenced yard where they can run and romp. They can adapt to any climate, but their fine coat doesn't insulate them from the cold. If you live in a cool climate, you may need to invest in a jacket for your puppy.

Maintenance of the Vizsla Staff

The Vizsla Staff is easy to groom, as its short, smooth coat sheds very little. Occasional brushing removes excess dead hair, dust and dirt, keeping the coat shiny and smooth. These dogs have almost no odor, so you can bathe them only when necessary. It's best to brush his teeth at least once a week, to prevent gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath, a trait inherited from the American Staffordshire Terrier. Clip your puppy's toenails when you start to hear them clicking on the floor, probably once a month or so.

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