Vizsladoodle: everything about this mixed dog breed
Vizsladoodles are loyal, smart, friendly, and very energetic dogs. They're a great mixed breed with the best bits of their Poodle and Vizsla parents!
- Friendly and sociable
- Calm with a sweet-nature
- Energetic – they need a lot of exercise!
- Loving, they don't like being left alone
- Weight: 45 to 70 pounds
- Height: 20-24 Inches
- Either a dense slightly kinked coat or a sleek and smooth one
- Many colors including gold-rust, red, tan, and brown
- Muscular body that's slim and athletic
Vizsladoodles are usually healthy and robust dogs. They can, however, suffer from some conditions to do with joints, eyes, and the thyroid.
Temperament of the Vizsladoodle
Vizsladoodles – also called Vizslapoos or Vizsla Poodle mix – are great family dogs. They have a fun yet gentle nature and get on well with other dogs and kids.
Of course, as with all pups, they need early socialization and training to make them friendly and to stop any possible dominant qualities from developing.
Both the Hungarian Vizsla and the Poodle are very intelligent dogs, so it's hardly a surprise that their crossbreed is too. These pups are relatively easy to train and very keen to please their owners. They'll excel in obedience class and will benefit from plenty of mental stimulation too.
As well as being smart dogs, Vizsladoodles are exceptionally loving and adore spending time with their families. They don't like being left alone for long periods of time and are prone to developing separation anxiety if they are.
Both parent breeds are high-energy and need at least an hour's exercise every day. You can expect to take your Vizsladoodle for long walks, exciting trips to the dog park, and – if they're anything like their Poodle parent – they'll love to go for a swim too! They need to be part of an active family and will be happy to go wherever you do.
Most of the time, a Vizsladoodle is the result of mixing a Standard Poodle with a Vizsla dog. In some cases, the rare mix of a Vizsla with a Toy Poodle or Mini Poodle can happen. Here we're referring to Vizsladoodles that have Standard Poodles and Vizslas as parent breeds.
A Vizsladoodle is considered a medium to large-sized dog. They can weigh between 45 and 70 pounds.
A fully grown Vizsla Poodle mix can be between 20 and 24 inches tall.
Vizslas are usually a gold-oxide color and Poodles can be many different colors. There's no set coloring for this hybrid breed and you can expect them to be any of their parent breed's colors. They're usually tan, brown, red, or gold-rust, but can be lighter if they're mixed with a white Poodle.
Poodles are known for their iconic curls. Vizslas, however, have a sleek and smooth coat, so it's possible your Vizsladoodle will have a coat that's a mix of these two breeds. It's normally shorter than a Poodle's coat, but can be a little kinked. In some cases, these hybrid dogs may have a coat texture that's very similar to a Vizsla.
These dogs are very athletic – like both parent breeds. They have sporty, muscular bodies with a relatively long muzzle and large, floppy ears. They have beautiful, very expressive eyes and a curious expression!
Tips about the Vizsladoodle
- As with all dogs (whether they're mixed breeds or not), it's important to adopt your pup from a reputable breeder. Do your research to make sure they're ethical and that they'll provide you with all the health guarantees you need. Even if they're cheaper, avoid puppy farms because they often mistreat the dogs and you can't be sure your dog will be healthy.
- Vizsladoodles are highly intelligent and it's important you don't let them get bored. Doggie daycare is a good way of keeping them mentally stimulated if you're out during the day and you should make sure you have plenty of toys at home to keep them engaged.
- Barking can sometimes be a problem for owners of these mixed pups. Because of this and their daily exercise needs, you shouldn't get a Vizsladoodle if you live in an apartment.
- Do you like to hunt? These animals are the perfect hunting companion. It's a great way for them to burn up some energy and put their skills to the test.
Health of the Vizsla Poodle mix
Because these doggos are a mixed breed, they're usually healthier than their purebred parents. That being said, both the Vizsla and the Standard Poodle can suffer from some health concerns. You can't ever be 100% sure of your dog's future health, but a good lifestyle and plenty of checkups with the vet can help prevent conditions from developing.
Some possible conditions your dog may suffer from are:
- Hip dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Thyroid problems
A healthy Vizsladoodle that has been well cared for can live to be between 12 and 14 years old. Feeding them good quality, nutritious food and making sure they have enough physical and mental exercise can really help them to live longer.
These pups are pretty low-maintenance. Whether they inherit more of a Poodle coat or a Vizsla one, you'll only have to bush them a couple of times a week to keep shedding to a minimum. They don't need to be bathed often as this can actually irritate their skin. Only bathe them when you really need to.
If your dog has a slightly longer and curlier Poodle coat, you may need to have them trimmed every once in a while to keep them looking neat and tangle-free.
History of the Vizsladoodle
Not much is known about the exact origin of these designer dogs. Some experts presume they were first intentionally bred in the 1980s in America as this was when Poodle mixes became particularly popular. Of course, they could have occurred naturally way before this.
Lots, however, is known about the history of the Vizsla and Poodle.
History of the Vizsla
Vizslas are the descendants of hunting dogs found in Hungary over 1000 years ago! They were used by nobles to hunt game, hares, and birds. Over time, they were further bred to point and retrieve.
These dogs have an amazing sense of smell and direction and were used as messenger dogs during WW I. After WW II, their numbers decreased rapidly, but a few were taken to America where breeders continued to develop their look and temperament. They were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960.
History of the Poodle
Poodles are also a very old dog breed. They were first bred in Germany where they were used to retrieve water birds – which is why modern-day Poodles love swimming! Noblemen and women from across Europe noticed how beautiful, hard-working, and intelligent Poodles were and started to breed them too.
Today we associate Poodles with France because this is where the breed was further bred into 3 different varieties – Standard, Miniature, and Toy. Standards were used for hunting, Miniatures for finding truffles, and Toys as beloved lap dogs. The first Poodle was registered by the AKC in 1886 and they've been popular pups in America ever since.
Vizsladoodles are amazing family pets. They get on well with children, enjoy playing, and are very loving towards all their family members. They do need a lot of exercise though, so only consider getting one of these pups if you lead an active lifestyle and can keep up with their demands!
What's your favorite Poodle mix? The Vizsladoodle is definitely one of ours!
I’m Charlotte, a content and copywriter from the North of England and currently living in Berlin. Animals have always been a huge part of my life, so writing about dogs is a total pleasure! I love all kinds of dogs and their cheeky personalities, but I’d have to say Weimaraners are my favourite!