Swimming In My Head…

diving in the deep end…

To Vizsla or not to Vizsla – that is the question.

vizsla-puppiesI’m actually looking for some interaction from others out in the blogosphere about their experiences with 3 different kinds of dogs.  We’ve decided we’d like to get a dog in a few months and know that if we get a pure breed, it’s going to cost us, hence the early planning.

So here’s what we want to know…we like Vizslas, German Shepherds or Golden Retrievers.  And here’s the setup…have a fairly decent sized indoor space (house – 3,000 sf), and both a front yard on a very quiet street and a small backyard with a pool.  Additionally, we have 2 cats that are 2 yrs and 5 yrs and nearly inseparable.  Live in Florida, so playtime outside is generally a year long thing.

We’ve done our internet research, we’ve watched Animal Planet “Dogs 101”.  Now, we want to hear from people that actually have these types of pets in their family.  What has been your experience?  What is your recommendation based on the outdoor/indoor space and cats?  What was training like?

Looking truly forward to hearing from anyone with experience…


November 18, 2008 - Posted by | Life In General | , , , , , , , ,


  1. My hubby grew up with Goldens and swears by them. We have a collie right now, but eventually we would like to get another dog…a golden. We also have two cats who adjusted fine to the dog. 🙂
    Hope that helps.

    Comment by goodbadandugly2 | November 18, 2008

  2. gbu2 – Thanks! That is very helpful actually…so far, we’ve been leaning toward Goldens…Question for you though – read something that of late, Goldens have been embroiled in a controversy of being the 3rd most ‘bitey’ dog. Have you heard anything like that?

    Comment by deek1973 | November 18, 2008

  3. Hey, thanks for the comment on my page…. 🙂
    I think that Goldens are actually pretty sweet…and my hubby said if they have the proper training then they shouldn’t be bitey…..so if you get a pup and train it right and do your research..which it sounds lik you have…you should be a-ok. Plus they are pretty loyal!

    Comment by goodbadandugly2 | November 18, 2008

  4. i agree with gbu2… i have a golden and she’s the sweetest dog on the planet. she did chew a little when she was a puppy but she grew out of that. goldens are always at your side and can be a little needy but we love our little (big) girl…plus, she and one of the cats are friends and actually play with each other…i don’t think you can lose with a golden

    Comment by wutupdogg | November 18, 2008

  5. Stop on over to my blog to find various links to other owners of the ginger nut kind. Vizsla’s are exceptional and I’ve also had goldens. But it all depends on how you intend for this dog to interact in your life.

    The main question is: What purpose will this dog have in your life? and how much time do you really have to devote to the new “toddler”. Will your K9 be a hunting companion? A jogging companion? Do you want to learn agility or other K9 sport? or just “have a dog”

    We wanted a companion that was active/go anywhere affectionate kind of K9 therefore we got a Vizsla and it was a perfect choice for us. But my expectation is that rain, sleet or snow these dogs get exercised wheter I feel like it or not. And if our schedules get to busy then daycare is provided as an outlet and that costs $$$$. Are you really prepared for a Vizsla?

    Comment by Delilah and Rocket's Mom | November 18, 2008

  6. wutupdogg – thx!!!

    Comment by deek1973 | November 19, 2008

  7. Delilah and Rocket’s Mom – I will definitely stop over at your blog and check it out! Thanks for the link.

    Thank you as well for the points to ponder. I gathered that these dogs are very active. We have the ability to spend a lot of time with them because we work out of home offices…I’m just concerned with the amount of space they would actually have to run, short of taking them to the ‘doggie beach’ everyday.

    Comment by deek1973 | November 19, 2008

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