Do you want an active, smart, and easily trainable dog that is great for hunting and a good family dog? Then there might just be a perfect dog out there for you.
Mixing a Poodle and a Vizsla brings you a unique breed of dog that can be good for a large, loving family with an active household. This dog is known as a Vizslapoo.
We will compare the Poodle and the Vizsla as well as show how their two characteristics combine into one to create the Vizslapoo!
By the end of this article, you should know about all three of these breeds, and learn if the Poodle Vizsla mix is the right breed for your home.
Poodle, Vizslapoo, and Vizsla Comparison Chart
|Height||24-27 inches||20-24 inches||21 to 24 inches|
|Weight||40-70 pounds||45-70 pounds||44 to 60 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||10-18 years||12-14 years||12-14 years|
|Colors||Apricot Black Blue Brown Gray Red Silver Silver Beige White||Golden-rust Red Tan Brown||Golden Rust|
|Markings||None||May have white patches||None|
|Coat Type||Long and Curly||Usually short and smooth Occasionally kinky and long||Smooth and Short|
|Affection levels||Very loving||Very Loving||Very Loving|
|Shedding Level||No Shedding||Low shedding||Medium shedding level|
|Temperament||Playful, and protective||Playful, Loving||Playful, highly adaptable to lifestyle|
|Health Issues||Hip dysplasia Eyes disorders Gastric Dilation||Epilepsy Hip dysplasia Thyroid issues Bloat Gum disease Eye disorders||Cancer Allergies Eye disorders Hip dysplasia Epilepsy Ear Infections|
|Trainability||Easy to train||Easy to train||Easy to train|
|Exercise||A fair amount||Lots of exercise||Lots of exercise|
|Friendliness to People||Very Friendly||Very Friendly, but can be protective||Pretty friendly to people|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Does okay with other dogs||Pretty good with other dogs||Pretty good with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||No drooling||Low drooling||Low drooling|
|Barking Level||Pretty Vocal||Pretty vocal||Somewhat Vocal|
Poodles originated in Germany and were originally bred to be water retrievers. They are very active dogs and require lots of exercises and mental stimulation to stay on their best behavior. They are affectionate and eager to please, which can make them easily trainable.
Another interesting fact is that Poodles have hair and not fur. This is why they are hypoallergenic and great dogs for people with dog allergies. They also have very minimal to no drooling issues. They can be pretty vocal as well.
Poodles come in very many colors; black, blue, apricot, white, silver, brown, gray, red, and silver beige.
They have a few common health issues, such as hip dysplasia, and eye disorders.
About Vizsla Dogs
Vizslas are Hungarian pointers. Similar to Poodles, they are great hunting dogs, especially for birding. They are very active dogs that love companionship and require quite a bit of mental exercise. They are affectionate and prefer to be constantly near their owners rather than be a kennel dog.
They tend to not be good when left alone for long periods as they get easily lonely and bored. Specialists recommend that Vizslas need around 40 or more minutes of exercise a day to stay on their best behavior.
They have one common color, which is Golden-rust. They have short and smooth hair, which makes them shed a little, but not nearly as much as some other dogs. They also have little to no drooling.
Their most common health issues are eye disorders, hip dysplasia, and epilepsy.
About Vizslapoo Dog
Vizslapoos are a fairly new breed. They still aren’t accepted by many officials yet but have been gaining massive popularity in America since the 2010s. Due to their lack of acceptance by most kennel clubs and lack of history on this breed, not too much is known about them yet.
They take the energy, friendliness, and smarts from both parents to make an incredibly smart and loving dog. These mixes can be highly protective around strangers but warm up to people quickly. They are also known as Vizsladoodles.
They tend to live for about 12-14 years on average, making them similar to the Vizsla in average lifespan.
Due to their popularity just recently growing, they aren’t dogs you see just on the street. They are currently still considered a ‘designer breed’ as it is mostly specialized dog breeders and more of the rich and famous crowd owning them. However, with their gaining popularity, they may become a common breed soon enough.
Height and Weight of a Vizslapoo
The standard size of a Vizslapoo is about 20 to 24 inches and about 4 to 70 pounds. However, Vizslas can be bred with any type of Poodle.
With the standard Poodle, which we used above, this would be their average size and weight. However, there are 4 sizes of Poodle, and the size that is chosen as one of the parents will determine how large the Vizslapoo becomes.
What do Vizslapoos look like?
Vizslapoos can be golden-rust, red, brown, and tan, and may have a white patch on their chest. Since they are a relatively new breed, their looks can be variable and their hair can be anything from similar to a Poodle with thick, curly fur, to the short, smooth hair of a Vizsla, to a mix of kinky, longer fur that is somewhere between the two.
They generally don’t have undercoats, which makes it much easier to groom them, even if their fur is on the longer side.
What are common health concerns with Vizslapoos?
Like with their parents, hip dysplasia, eye disorders and epilepsy are common. They also have a tendency to have thyroid issues.
Are Vizslapoos hard to train?
Vizslapoos are smart, making them easy to train on one side. However, with any smart dog, they can also be very stubborn. This mix is energetic as well, making it hard for them to focus without proper exercise.
Thankfully, they are dogs that are eager to please their owners. As long as they get proper training, rewards, and exercise, they should pick up any trick or training with ease. Similar to their parent breeds, a Vizslapoo needs over 40 minutes of exercise a day to do their best and stay focused.
Mental stimulation via difficult puzzles and toys also stops them from being destructive and gives them an outlet to focus on whenever they are bored or lonely.
Why were Vizslapoos bred?
Vizslapoos were mostly bred as designer dogs. Both breeds are similar in size (if you think about the standard poodle), and are fairly easy to groom. Since most mixes tend to take after the Vizsla side more, they aren’t usually hypoallergenic and still shed.
If you are looking for a smart and active dog that’s great with children, the Vizslapoo just might be the dog for you. Just keep in mind that they can be easily bored and lonely and need constant physical activity, love, and mention enrichment.
If you are a single person and work long hours, this dog may not be for you, as they can become destructive when bored.
They are mostly designer dogs right now, but with two parents that have a keen set of hunting skills and an eagerness to be active, they could be great companion animals when birding or going on long hikes.
Hopefully, this article has helped you learn more about the unique breed between the Vizsla and Poodle, the Vizslapoo!