Just finished a two hour on-leash walk downtown. 20 questions of "what kind of dog are they?"
New response is and will now be "Hungarian Pointers. Hunting Dogs."
I won't call them Vizslas anymore.
They really are not family pets. My oldest daughter will not bring over our 1 and 3 year old grandsons because of my hunting dogs unless I put them in the kennel. Bailey knocked over our 2 year old granddaughter yesterday. He didn't mean to, but he is a 62 pound hunting dog full of muscles and at the pool he just walked by and she went down crying.
Today's post by ccerta brought all this in focus:
At this point though, I am stuck with him all week long and two young kids too, and I cannot even let the dog run around with them. I'm covered with bruises all over my body, and scars from his biting that was worse in previous months. These days he doesn't cut the skin. He likes to bite you when you are petting him, particularly when you are rubbing his belly, he bites your hands/wrists. I don't know if this was the wrong dog for me, but I am stuck now, so I have to figure something out.
So no more "Vizsla" unless someone asks, "Vizsla?" Then I'll just say, "Yeah." and continue our walk.
The century old hunting dog of Hungary is the Hungarian Pointer.
That is what I'll be calling my red bird dogs. I like the sound of it. German Shorthair Pointer
works and so does German Wirehaired Pointer
. Not many folks think of them as family pets. Why not Hungarian Pointer