Yep, they're adorable. But before you make one of them your own, you should know that all Vizsla puppies come with certain challenges and responsibilities. Even adult Vizslas require more attention and exercise than most dogs. In addition to these needs, a Vizsla puppy will require house training, obedience training, shots, and a lot of time and affection to ensure that he or she is happy and properly socialized. However, if you're up to the challenge, you'll be rewarded with a dog that is among the most loving and loyal pets anyone could ever wish for.
The first three months of a Vizsla puppy's life are important ones. If a young Vizsla puppy is exposed to many new people and animals in its first 12 weeks, it will be a much more adaptable and well-behaved adult. Obedience classes are an excellent way to both train and socialize your puppy. You might also want to take your puppy to public settings such as parks where it can be exposed to many new sights and sounds and smells. Without this kind of early socialization, adult Vizslas tend to be timid and more defensive than necessary. Introducing your Vizsla puppy to other pets is good, but keep in mind that Vizslas are natural hunters; possible "prey" such as rabbits or birds should be protected accordingly.
Because Vizslas are so intelligent and sensitive, they can become easily bored and distracted. Vizsla puppies are jumpers and chewers, and notorious for being little bundles of perpetual energy. By playing games with your puppy and giving it plenty of opportunities to wear itself out by running and walking with you several times a day, you'll find it much easier to train and less likely to engage in destructive behavior. Setting firm and consistent boundaries from the very beginning will help your puppy to know its place and obey you accordingly. Use positive rather than negative reinforcement. Vizslas are highly sensitive and will respond better to rewards and praise than to a harsh tone of voice or physical correction.
Vizslas can take longer to housetrain than some dogs. Crate training is recommended, and may last several months. You might want to keep your puppy away from carpeted areas to avoid "uncleanupable" accidents. Vizslas like to carry things around in their mouths, and are famous for gently taking their owners' hands or arms in their mouth to show affection or get their attention. Providing your puppy with soft, chewable toys will help to keep it from gnawing on furniture or other objects that aren't meant for puppy mouths. It should go without saying that electrical cords, plants, and similar objects should be kept out of harm's way. A deterrent spray may be useful in protecting your furniture.
Leaving Vizsla puppies at home alone is not recommended. Vizslas as a breed have a tendency toward separation anxiety, and their need for stimulation and activity can lead to psychological problems if neglected. Vizslas' desire for human companionship is demonstrated by how frequently they will follow you around the house, touch you, or try to climb into your lap. The emotional well-being of your Vizsla puppy would be best served by allowing it to sleep indoors.
Finally, take time to read up on the health and grooming requirements of your Vizsla puppy. Responsible Vizsla breeders will provide thorough information about their puppies, sires, and dams. See our Vizsla Health section for more information about potential health problems.