Activities for Versatile Vizslas
Technically, the Vizsla is known as a versatile gundog or a HPR (hunt point retrieve) dog. This means it is a breed that is capable of undertaking a range of hunting or gundog related tasks, rather than a breed that is specialised into doing just one task, such as retrieving. A vizsla can find, point, flush, retrieve and track. It can do virtually everything except pull the trigger (although sometimes I'm sure that Kugar thinks he'd do a better job with the rifle than I do).
The versatility of a vizsla extends far beyond hunting. Their natural abilities and special character means that the vizsla can excel in many realms, including:
- hunting and field work
- companion and family dog
- outdoor adventuring
- scent detection
- service dog
- in the show ring
- as a competition dog for agility, obedience or tracking
This website is under construction and I will be adding information to these sections soon.
Hunting and Field Work
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Suitability for New Zeland terrain, our types of game and styles of hunting... The specifics of their skills, structure and temperament that match
Variation in natural ability
Selection as a pup
Link to gundog clubs
Companion and Family Dog
With wonderful temperament whose love of people, charm and elegance will endear them to your family and friends and family
Breed thrives with people who enjoy spending time in the outdoors with their best friend.
Range of activities - kayaking, swimming, biking, tramping, running, camping, touring (visiting iconic waterfalls)
Conservation (species protection)
Search and Rescue
Noseworx as a fun activity
My dogs - accredited as therapy dogs, visiting rest home dementia unit, and working with people with disability. Describe their reactions and behaviour. Refer to the national organisation: Canine Friends Pet Therapy
Other vizslas I am aware of - eg PTSD, epilepsy, diabetics
In the Show Ring
Purpose of showing - evaluating potential breeding stock.
Showing today, and how to get started. General information about breed shows on DogsNZ, and also a calendar of events, where you can see what shows are coming up in your area and go along. Many clubs hold training sessions for people starting out or for refining their handing skills before a show. DogsNZ also have a listing of clubs (which can be filtered by breed, by activity and by region).
The showing pinnacle - Crufts and vizslas who have won
One of Yola's forebears Hungargunn Bear Itn Mind won the Gundog group at Crufts in 2009 and in 2010 took out Crufts Best In Show.
Competition Dog for Agility, Flygility, Obedience or Tracking
The DogsNZ website gives a good summary of dog agility, and the types of competitive events in New Zealand. They also have an events calendar that includes agility events, and a list of agility clubs,
My friend Marian Holman competes with her dogs in many of these events, and has found it not only fun and challenging, but a great way to develop the relationships with her dogs and maintain everyone's happiness, fitness and wellbeing. Marian and I met through our dogs - her girl Aria is sister to Kugar. The photos below are all of Marian's dogs, Zephyr and Aria. Thanks Marian!
Canine Good Citizen:
Reaping the rewards: