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      Quote Originally Posted by Annette47 View Post
      I don’t know many Vizla’s and the two I know have the same owner. One is a puppy, so hard to know what to make of her. Her older dog has been very successful in the Obedience ring. She is a good, responsive worker, but more nervous (worried about the environment) than most of my Labs have been. Sweet, patient, calm dog generally though. My understanding of the breed is that they do require a LOT of exercise though. Oh, and she needs to wear a coat in the winter as they don’t have the nice thick coat like a Lab has.

      That said, I’ve known quite a few GSP’s that compete in Obedience and all have been doing quite well, so it is clearly possible teach them a recall! They tend to be a bit goofy and impulsive though - they need to be taught to think things through. They are mostly higher energy than the one Vizla I know, but I would hesitate to generalize based on the one girl.

      You said you want an Oban size Lab - that should be very doable. Chloe is 62lbs, and the young girls are both less than 60. There are lots of smaller Labs around here - mostly from field lines, but even some from mixed or conformation. Granted, most of them are girls but girl Labs are wonderful!
      Yes I am overthinking again - I know I could find a lab in the size i want if I am patient I love your girls they'd be exactly what I want (and in yellow - so hey if you ever get tired of one of them...). I generally prefer male dogs but absolutely I am fully ready to get a female lab as they tend t be more in line with the size i want.

      I love GSP's but don't see that as my next dog. Vizla's are pretty stunning, always liked their look. Sounds like Vizlas's have much of hte qualities I like but the exercise may be an issue. not the amount of it but the time - finding a safe place for daily off leash running would be a challenge - i can do mre with long line and fetching...)

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      Linus is down to almost 70 lbs (his "conformation weight" was in the 90s). We did a fun run with a border collie at agility, same amount of experience, same jump height and Linus had a faster time. I know it's hard to believe, but get a dog that is balanced, teach them how to use their hind end, and you, too, can be as fast as a border collie! Not saying that dog isn't gonna smoke us in the future...

      Just sayin'!

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      There was a Vizla in a search and rescue group I took classes with in Tucson. Best rescue dog in the group. Smart, focused and without question the most energetic dog I have ever encountered.

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      Well, I'll chime in with a postal perspective on vizlas (aka completely unscientific)! I have a customer that has had 2 vizlas - I watched the first one grow up, although she has since passed on. They now have vizla puppy #2, who is a male. I'm just beginning to interact with #2, so I'll have to talk about Bailey, vizla #1. (The owners do say that they don't ever remember Bailey being "this much trouble" in reference to the new puppy.) She had a LOT of acres to run on, and had free rein of a large portion. As a pup, she was excitable and energetic to say the least. It was nuts whenenever I stopped there...so crazy that I finally dug deep and pulled out the infamous Caesar "pinch/grab neck and pssssst quickly move" (you thought I was going to say dog spray, right)? It worked like a charm - to this day I can't even believe it. From that point forward, she was still glad to see me but very calm and gentle. A plus for vizlas is that they're apparently easily trained! I'm not sure of life expectancy, but would look into that since Bailey only lived 8 or 9 years. They're beautiful dogs, don't appear aggressive (I prefer to think of the jumping and running and jumping as enthusiatic), seem good with young kids...a lot of pluses from my postal experience.

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      I've hunted behind two viszlas and each was different style even though one was from the other. Both females, the mother was fast and worked way out and would hold point until we flushed them or the bird moved or flushed. The other worked slow and close, I preferred the latter as I felt birds held longer and rarely flushed out of range. Great dogs but they require lots of running room daily and very light pressure when training. Often times they will stop working if pressured too hard or trainer loses their cool and shows anger or frustration. Very sensitive dogs, but have great instincts and natural ability. For upland hunting only they are hard to beat in my opinion. Best of luck!

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      My ACVO (doggy eye doc) is a visla breeder/ competitor. She has had several CH/MH 's and even dual CH as I recall. It is not a breed remotely similar to a Lab temperament wise. VERY VERY active (and FAST!) and yes, some of them seem sensitive/ neurotic to me. She is a very laid back person so maybe that's what it takes but she used to be so funny when running (attempting to run) agility w/ one of her girls who would take off on a Joy run nearly every time in the jumpers ring. People would actually gather ringside to watch the day's entertainment. Did I mention those dogs are FAST???
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      There were many vizlas when I lived in Iowa. A very popular dog there, for some reason. They are built smaller and very fit. They don't look like they'd overheat easily and they could run for hours. They were always shivering in the winter at the dog park, they have a very thin coat. I could see them being a good running comanion for me, so I did consider getting one for a little while. However, the ones I met were very sensitive and shy. They did not want to "play" with Daisy at the dog park. Mostly focused on fetching the ball and didn't want to interact with other people at the park. Basically, the temperment did not appeal to me. I like the labby's friendly outgoing and playful personality.
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      Thanks guys.

      I don't mind sensitive. But ultimately I fear I couldn't give one them the exercise they need. It's not the time that is an issue but ability to let them offleash in a safe space daily. And I love labs haha.

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      Saw a couple at the agility trial this weekend. Ran circles around their handlers (literally). So, if you get one, hope you're a fast runner and great handler! My friend said most of the ones she sees at the local trials are spooky and overly sensitive. Better once they are away from people/dogs in the center aisle and in the ring or in their crates and tend to stress up, not down (hence the running circles). I did, however, see two absolutely LOVELY flat coats...

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