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Old 12-12-2013, 05:37 PM
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As a kid I secretly liked Viszlas. I say secretly because in our area we were Weim enthusiasts and the Viszla circle were our rivals lol. Kinda like Pepsi vs coke. In all honesty in all the performances I've seen out of both breeds I do think they are equally good dogs I have seen a few duds of either breed.
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Both breeds are beautiful dogs. I'd probably go with a viszla since it's easy to find petite dogs. With that said, it looks like we're not staying in the country so this is pure fantasy as it turns out. Sigh.
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FWIW we had a couple Weims that did ok in town.

Idk how small you could find them though, the ones I'm talking about were some real bruisers, about 85-90 lb a piece...females do run considerably smaller but I'm not sure how small, as we never had any.

ETA: Also FWIW, I don't live on a farm or in the country either, but I will be getting a Draht. Neither the breeder nor any breed enthusiasts are worried though, as it sounds my energy outlets will be more than sufficient. If you tire the dog out enough, he will just need enough room to sleep at home
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German Shorthair pointer, I have been a pheasant hunter for quit a few years, I"m on my 3rd pointer, All my dogs performed well in the field with minimal training, They will hold a point til the cows come home, When they flush with a command you can almost see the dissapointment when i miss, I never have to pull burrs out there coat because of short hair and don"t shed much. The best part is they are a super family dog and don"t have a mean bone in there body, But they need a big yard to run. If they cant burn off there energy they will get a little ancy. They love the water, I have a pool that she is in most of the day in the summer. First thing in the morning she goes right to the pool, She was swimming at just 3 months old like a pro, But all 3 of mine did also. But this just my opinion
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I'm not sure if it's because our vis was older or what but he was great and the weim has always been the laziest dog on the planet. Absolutely worthless as a hunter.

We took these 2 to Japan with us and they did really well. They've been country and city dogs. They prefered the country but they did well in Japan. They just didn't like it when a mob of school children swarmed us in amazement. Dogs that big don't end up in Japan. Anyway, our weim is blue which obviously isn't breed standard but he's also 113lbs. He's massive.
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I know this is an ancient thread but I just wanted to reply once more because I've been strongly leaning toward a viszla for next-dog. Or a small standard poodle. There are some great breeders in Ontario for each breed. It's actually easier to find a small viszla than a standard poodle - viszlas seem like they can be more compact actually, and more "square" in proportion (even though spoos are supposed to be square).

I suspect a spoo would be a little easier to satisfy in terms of exercise, and I adore spoo faces. Non-shedding would be nice, but I also like the idea of a dog that requires very little grooming.

Might someday get one of each, probably when we're back in the country. Or just do another rescue lol!
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