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Just starting out

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Hi all,

I am researching the Vizsla breed and if suitable getting one later this year. Oh, hello to all !!

Te things that draw us to the breed apart from the good looks are the short low shed coats, low odour (I have heard), low tendency to bark (I have heard) loyalty and athleticness.

We have two teenage kids and my wife and I both work, however my wife is based from home and I work shifts. This means that I am only away from home during the day two days in eight and of those days some are at weekends so my wife will be at home. My wife goes out mid morning most days and is sometimes out after the kids get home at 3.30. So at worst the pup will be on its own for 4-5 hours twice per week. I could even get the mother in law to pop her head in during the day for 20 mins.

I am active and go walking often on the fells of the Lakes and Snowdonia and would like to take the dog there too. I can exercise the dog as much as required both running and walking, and the kids will help too so that side of things isn't a problem.

I also have got two cats which is a bit of a concern to me. I am also looking at Dalmations but they seem to have more health issues !!

Right, that's the background now the questions ....

Will the pup be ok for the time we have to leave her on those occasions ?
Will she cope when grown with long (10miles) walks up steep terrain with me ?
Will the cats be eaten :eek: ??

Hope that's enough information to help with replies and your experiences.


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As to the cats, this is our second Vizsla. The first one Lincoln, had cats and kittens sleeping in his house with him and was alway very careful not to lay down on them. Lincoln always had a little problem with our chickens tho.
Our current V, Virgil, was over 3 months when we got him and at 1 year I still have to occasionally remind him not to make the cats run when were all on walks together. I think there might have been some cat chasing at his previous home. He does stop when I tell him "No Kitty". It is getting better all of the time. He never has hurt any cats and has his favorites that get to rub up against his legs.
Virgil could care less about the chickens running all over the place.

If you watch carefully when they are first together there shouldn't be any problem that can't be fixed.

New guy has to learn to fit in with the older pets.
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