Originally Posted by WOWO1973
Tossing up between these two wonderful breeds and are extensively researching the better breed to serve our needs.
A little more about myself and my fiance..
Both professionals living in the suburb of Armadale, Melbourne.
We have always had our eyes set on a Vizsla or a GSP but apartment living together has hampered that. We are currently living living in an apartment block that is quite spacious and has a communal backyard along with our own private front (grassed) area, big enough for a beautiful dog to run around in.
As mentioned, we are both very active people and exercise everyday as fitness is apart of our lives.
We both have owned dogs in the past but not for a few years now.
We own also own a 8 y/o Russian Blue female cat so the breed would have to adapt to a cat being around also and vice versa.
We both have our hearts set on a beautiful girl to complement our beautiful natures.
Hoping for some positive advice on the appropriate breed to compliment our loving and caring natures.
Since there are a lot of views and no responses, I'll offer an answer. We Vizsla owners tend not to be "boosters" of the breed. Those who desire a V in their lives, in our (collective) minds, should have no doubts, and even then we're skeptical most people know what it takes in terms of exercise requirements, training requirements, and emotional needs (all of which are sky high). Few people will try to talk a person "into" a Vizsla, and most will try to dissuade. Not because Vizslas aren't great dogs, but because they are.
Now a GSP and a Vizsla are close cousins, bred for the same purposes, created at the same time (don't believe the fanciful Vizsla creation mythology, as it is pure invention) and much shared genetics.
A person who likes Vs or GSPs is likely to enjoy the other. Further, with breeds that are so similar the differences with-in a breed can sometimes be as great as across these two. So these are "generalizations" that should be understood as such, and they come from one persons experience (mine).
As similar as the two breeds are there are a few general differences.
One, Vs have no undercoat. GSPs have a short (but dense) undercoat. An undercoat is an advantage in cold weather, but makes GSPs more "doggy" than Vizslas. My V (who is raw fed) has a coat that feels like soft velvet, where GSPs coats tend to be more coarse, but GSPs coat is better for weather.
Two, GSPs tend to be larger than Vizslas. Not to say there isn't cross-over in size (a big V might be bigger than a small GSP), but it is something w=to consider.
Three, at least in the USA a very well-bred GSP can generally be had for far less money than a well-bred Vizsla. Almost half the price.
Four, GSPs (in the main) tend to be less emotionally needy than Vizslas. A GSP is often content to be a kennel dog, Vizslas tend to need their people around to be happy. This difference is probably the biggest deal. Vs tend to be needy. The upside, if you like a very affectionate dog, is they really bond with their masters. However some suffer badly from separation anxiety. GSPs tend to be less needy. Still good friendly dogs, but dogs.
Five, Vizslas have an elegance that the handsome and utilitarian GSPs don't quite muster IMO. GSP owners tend to like their dogs not being snooty, and think of them like a good truck.
Of the differences the emotion needs of the Vizsla strike me as the most significant issue. Two aphorism one hears about our "velcro" dogs are "you will never go to the bathroom alone" and the Hungarian saying, "if you own a Vizsla it lives on your head." Vizsla often seem like they would meld into your body we're it possible, and they've not given up hope that it is. Is such neediness a positive for you, or not? A V could drive the wrong owner nuts.
The exercise and training needs of Vs and GSPs are going to be pretty similar. Vizslas don't tend to take well to harsh training methods, where (not that they should be used) many gun dog trainers use a lot of "pressure" (a euphemism for pain) with GSPs.
Anyway, that's my 2 cents.