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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 Iowa?

Iowa is a dog-friendly travel destination and has a lot of dog-lovers. But a few issues cause the state to rank rather poorly for dog-friendliness, particularly its lax animal welfare laws. 


We investigated two big studies ranking all 50 states by important pet-friendliness factors. The studies looked at things like pet-friendly accommodations, pet care and services, the number of dog parks or outdoor space, and animal welfare laws. 


The first study, by animal safety group Pawsafe, ranked Iowa as the 41st most pet-friendly state. The second study, by consumer safety group Safewise, ranked it as the 43rd most pet-friendly state in the country. The state scored poorly for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Combining these two studies together shows Iowa towards the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Iowa

It’s not all bad news for dog-lovers in Iowa! BringFido lists Iowa as a pet-friendly travel destination with almost 900 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Racoon River and Lake Red Rock as top dog-friendly activities.


Thirty-six percent of Iowa residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not by much!


What kinds of dogs do Iowans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Iowa are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies. 


Animal welfare & dog shelters in Iowa

Iowa saved 33,222 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 2,350 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Thirty out of 61 of the animal shelters within Iowa are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an average save rate of 85%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state, but getting closer!

 

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