I’ve been asked by my family and friends about the “Mini Vizsla” quite a bit lately. And most of them say something like this:
“Hey, I want one of those Mini Vizslas! My yard is fenced in and we live in a house with a big backyard. So why not? I’m sure they wouldn’t be any more work than a normal-sized Vizsla.”
I’m not going to lie…when I first saw the ad online for the “Mini Vizsla”, I thought it was a joke. You know, like those bogus ads for free purebred puppies that you find on Craigslist and Facebook with the whole “can’t afford it” sob story? I took a quick peek at the pictures and saw how small they were. And I was thinking “wow! That is a really, really, really tiny Vizsla!”
That’s why in this blog post we’re going to explore the possibility of a real-life “Mini Vizsla”. And we’re also going to talk about why they would need a new name if they really did exist.
Mini Vizsla: A Conspiracy or Real Thing?
The first thing I’m going to do is assume that the Mini Vizsla isn’t a joke or conspiracy. So, if they are real…how did they get so small? And why aren’t there any more of them?
Here’s what my research has proven:
It seems like these dogs are called “Mini Vizslas” because the breeder wants them to be called that. (That’s what they’re advertising them as). I couldn’t find another breed of dog with pictures like these, so if they are real it seems like the only explanation would be something genetically engineered.
The smaller dogs on their website are full-grown adults…so whatever they did to them, they were done at birth and probably had something to do with their hormones.
I looked for research on miniature dogs and it seems like the only ones that exist are either really old or made by selective breeding. I couldn’t find anything modern…and we’re talking about a very small breed of dog here so you’d think somebody would have tried.
Another option is that somebody did selective breeding with another breed of dog and got this miniature version. But I couldn’t find anything to substantiate that theory either.
So, the only explanation left is genetic engineering or something like it…right?
The other thing that’s really striking about these little pups is their color and markings. Vizslas normally have either brown, rust, or golden spots, and everything I saw online had the same color marking: dark brown with a very light brown head. That was pretty much for this section. Now let’s know more about Mini Vizsla in detail.
Mini Vizsla: History
Miniature versions of the Weimaraner have been around for a while. The goal of creating this “mini” version was originally to create bird dogs that were small enough to keep in city apartments and condos.
Some breeders tried to put together a Vizsla and Weimaraner mix, but soon realized they didn’t get what they were looking for. The worse thing about trying to inbreed Vizslas with Weimaraners is the fact that they are both double-coated dogs, which means you will get a lot of puppies with serious skin problems if you do it too much.
Most breeders then started breeding miniature pointers (which look like smaller versions of standard pointers) with Vizslas. The other method was to try mating smaller versions of the Vizsla to a Weimaraner or pointer.
The problem with this is that neither crossbreeding, nor inbreeding has been proved to create genetically healthier puppies. So no matter what these breeders are doing…it’s all just a guessing game. And guess what happens when you rely on luck? You get puppies with all kinds of genetic disorders, diseases, and deformities!
Mini Vizsla: Physical Appearance
The Mini Vizsla is a smaller version of the Vizsla. The breed standard weight range for adult dogs is 25 to 45 pounds, with an ideal weight of around 33 pounds. Females are typically smaller than males.
Mini Vizsla has characteristics similar to the Vizsla, including a short crisp coat that can be fawn, golden, red, or orange with white markings. They should have a dark brown nose and eyes, which are almond-shaped. They should have long, feathered ears that are straight or slightly rounded at the tips. Their necks are nicely arched and their chests are deep.
They typically have docked tails with a curve at the end which is similar to other pointing breeds. However, they can also be born with a full tail. The hair between the pads on their feet is usually white or lighter than the rest of their coat.
Mini Vizsla: Temperament
As with all dogs, the temperament of Vizslas depends on socialization and training. They are naturally good family pets because they are affectionate and loyal. However, early socialization is important to ensure these traits remain as the pup matures. They are good with children and get along well with other dogs.
When the Mini-Vizsla is adequately socialized, they can be great watchdogs. They will bark when strangers approach the home and should be supervised in homes with other small pets because of their hunting instincts.
If you are thinking about getting a Mini-Vizsla, consider adopting one from a shelter. If you want to buy a puppy, make sure both parents have health clearances and visit the facility where the dogs were bred and raised. Also ask for pictures of the pup’s parents and close relatives such as brothers, sisters, or cousins.
Mini Vizsla: Personality & Grooming
Mini-Vizslas are active, loyal, and love to hunt. They bond closely with their owners and make good family pets because of their affectionate nature. But they should be supervised around small children because their size makes them a little fragile.
They have a high prey drive so rabbits and squirrels may not be suitable household pets! This breed is very intelligent, so keep their minds occupied with plenty of games to avoid boredom.
Mini Vizslas do not need a lot of grooming but they should be brushed once or twice a week to remove dead hair and tangles. They are average shedders.
Their small size makes them more vulnerable to developing canine hip dysplasia and luxating patella (dislocating kneecap). Mini Vizsla may also be prone to hypothyroidism, epilepsy, and progressive retinal atrophy. They can also develop Von Willebrand’s disease, a bleeding disorder similar to Hemophilia. Always purchase from a reputable breeder and ask for health clearances from the parents.
Mini Vizsla: Training & Exercises
Vizslas are very trainable dogs. They can learn to play fetch, walk on a leash, sit and stay. Since they are highly intelligent, you will need to keep their minds occupied with plenty of interactive games or they may become bored and destructive.
Training should be conducted in a firm but gentle way. Using too much force may damage the dog’s sensitive personality. You can take them to training classes or teach them at home using positive reinforcement and treats.
Exercises should be short but frequent because Vizslas are high-energy dogs who can easily become bored. They need daily exercise such as running, hiking, or long walks. You should also play interactive games with them at home.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
On average, Vizslas can live 10 to 15 years. However, some have been known to live up to 20 years with proper diet and care.
The price varies depending on the breeder’s location, bloodline, and training. But you can expect somewhere between $1200-$2200
No, they are not 100% hypoallergenic but they do produce less dander than other breeds so they may be suitable for people with mild allergies.
Yes, they are affectionate and loyal family dogs who love to play with children. However, supervision is necessary when playing with small kids because their small size makes them fragile.
The Mini-Vizsla is a crossbreed between the Vizsla and the Papillon which results in the most loyal, loving, affectionate family dog. They are highly intelligent with an exceptional sense of smell so they excel at hunting games.
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