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Vizsla Characteristics

The Hungarian Doppelganger of the Weimaraner, the Vizsla is a medium-sized hunting breed with a noble heritage. These dogs are very affectionate and enjoy being family companions. They thrive with a large yard or space to run around in and play. 

Fast Facts

  • Energy High
  • Size Large
  • Trainability Responsive

Standing at a manageable 21-24 inches at the shoulder and weighing around 45-65 pounds, the Vizsla is a medium-large hunting dog. These dogs have a single coat that can either be smooth or wirehaired and are low to moderate shedders. Commonly seen with grey or black coats, weekly brushing is recommended in order to keep stray hair around the house to a minimum. Vizslas are spry and healthy but, like any pet, should be taken for regular vet checkups to ensure optimal health.

The Vizsla has a long heritage as an effective hunting partner. The breed was created to be both a retriever and pointer, so it has a tendency to stay close by its human in the field and at home. This is one of the most fundamental – and adored – characteristics of the Vizsla. If you love having a little friendly shadow with you everywhere you go, this is the pup for you!

While the breed is not known to be as energetic as a Brittany or Border Collie, they do require adequate exercise and have a strong desire for purpose and connection. An hour of vigorous daily exercise is recommended to keep your Vizsla happy and content. Vizslas excel at canine performance sports and are the only breed recognized as a "Quintuple Champion", winning the top spot in five officially recognized AKC sports.

How dog-friendly is Alexandria?

A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzed some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Alexandria is ranked the most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city scored an A+ for its number of dog parks, pet sitters, and dog-friendly restaurants. Alexandria also received an A for its number of dog-friendly rentals and hotels. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Alexandria

Alexandria has many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and get some exercise. According to The Swiftest, there are 10.6 dog parks per 100,000 residents, the highest in the country. 


Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Chambliss Street Dog Park, Simpson Stadium Dog Park, Fort Ward Park, and Dog Run at Carlyle. 


Alexandria is also home to several great hiking trails where you and your dog can enjoy a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Jones Point Park, Belle Haven Park, and Mount Vernon Trail.  

Life in Alexandria with a dog

Alexandria has over 100 great pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Virtue Feed & Grain, Vola’s Dockside Grill, Le Refuge Restaurant, Southside 815, and Jackson 20.       


Alexandria has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, daycares, spas, and groomers. And, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


If your friends or family are visiting Alexandria, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Lorien Hotel and Spa, The Alexandrian Autograph Collection, Hotel Indigo, and Westin Alexandria Old Town.                 

Popular dog breeds in Alexandria

Alexandria is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Poodles, and German Shepherds. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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