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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 Sunnyvale?

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, Sunnyvale is ranked the 33rd most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for its number of pet sitters and a B for its number of pet-friendly hotels.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale and the nearby area have a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and soak up the California sun. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Las Palmas Dog Park, Seven Seas Park, Cuesta Park, and Newbark Dog Park.   


Sunnyvale and the surrounding area are 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 Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Sycamore Grove Regional Park, and Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve.  

Life in Sunnyvale with a dog

Sunnyvale has a few dozen pet-friendly restaurants where you and your dog can grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Dishdash, Faultline Brewing Company, The Oxford, and Pezzella's Villa Napoli.      


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


If your friends or family are visiting Sunnyvale, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Radisson Hotel, Quality Inn, Aloft Sunnyvale, and Sonesta ES Suites.                  

Popular dog breeds in Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labradoodles, Poodles, Pomeranians, French Bulldogs, Maltese, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Chihuahuas. 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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