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Vizslas with young children and chickens?

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My wife and I are planning to get a dog and we've been researching breeds for the past several weeks. Vizslas are high on our list, but we've read in some places that they aren't a good choice if you have very young children or pet birds. We have no kids now but we just started trying, so we might have a baby coming into our lives in the next year or two. Also, we have nine chickens in our backyard. They live in a well-reinforced coop and run, but we do let them out into the backyard/garden for a few hours every day.

Should we forget about a Vizsla because of this? We are very responsible dog owners and are committed to training, socialization and management no matter what breed we get.

One more question: so many websites make such a big deal about the exercise requirements of Vizslas. Yet lists Labs and Golden Retrievers as "5 out of 5" for exercise requirement, whereas Vizslas get only a "4 out of 5". Even on that site, though, in the description of the dogs they make a point of saying how much exercise Vizslas need, whereas they don't mention that with Labs or Golden Retrievers.

How much exercise do you find your Vizsla needs?

Thanks for your help!
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I think if you bring any dog into your family first before you have kids then you have to be careful of the dog getting jealous later. If the chickens are there first then the dog will just grow up with them and its behaviour towards them will have a lot to do with your training.

I think the 5/5 for excercise for the Labs is because they get fat very easily. V's run a lot and are very lean, hence hard to actually fatten up. Just read the forum. No ones writing about how to loose weight, more like trying to find something that they like to eat. Labs will eat anything.

If I don't let my V out of the yard (and we have a big yard), after a couple of days she will start to get a bit stir crazy. I normally walk her 20-30mins up the street each morning at 6am Mon -Fri and then take her out to the park once in the weekend. I have 3 young kids and no problems. Just the occasional knock over like Stevie-j says. Get a Vizsla, you won't regret it.
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