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Hungarian Vizsla

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The athletic, loyal and sensitive Hungarian Vizsla is a European gundog with ambiguous roots. With descendants tracing back over a thousand years, the breed is known today as a loving companion, who needs plenty of exercise and a plethora of attention.

Where I'm From

A hunting companion for early Hungarian settlers over a thousand years ago, is a popular theory behind the Vizsla’s origins. When it comes down to it, as is the case with many dog breeds, it is extremely hard to nail down the exact beginnings of this ginger canine.

What is known from etchings and historical documents, is that a breed similar in appearance to the Vizsla, was used as a hunting companion by these Hungarian settlers, known as the Magyar. How close this iteration was to the breed of today, is up for debate.

In more recent history, the Vizsla, similar to other breeds, was almost decimated by the two world wars, where they were utilised as messenger dogs. Post World War II, the breed was finally standardized after being introduced to the United States in the 1950’s.

Today, the dog isn’t used as much for their pointing and retrieving, but their companionable nature hasn’t been lost, seen now as an affectionate member of the family.

What I Look Like

A difference between the Vizsla and other canines is the limited variety in appearance. Before they were standardised, colour variations could be found if you looked hard enough, since however, there is really only one look. The beautiful golden rust that the Vizsla is synonymous for is accompanied by an eye colour that can be found in various shades of brown.

A short and shiny coat is most common, however, in an effort to create hunting companions who can weather colder conditions, a wirehaired variation has recently been developed.

How I Act

Energetic, affectionate, intelligent and sensitive really sums the Hungarian Vizsla up.

Extremely high energy, these guys require at least an hour of exercise everyday. Whether you break that into multiple sessions, or one long play, you will find that without an outlet for the Vizsla to exert itself, you will end up with a vocal and possibly destructive dog. When exercised correctly, you won’t find a more loyal, loving and dependable companion than this Hungarian hero.

Highly intelligent, the Vizsla is capable of being trained from an early age, which is recommended if you want to raise a manageable mate. When it comes to training, always use positive reinforcement and plenty of praise. Ruling with an iron fist will get you absolutely nowhere with this sensitive soul.

As with any breed, early socialisation will turn your Vizsla into a social butterfly amongst humans, felines and canine pals. This friendly nature will develop into unrivaled affection towards devoted owners, including kids.

Looking After Me

Disregarding their thirst for exercise, the Vizsla is a fairly low maintenance dog. They eat as much as you would expect from a medium sized pooch and their weight is fairly manageable due to their lean frame.

Grooming wise, their short coat requires a weekly brush and wipe down to remove any stray hairs. Nails will need a trim occasionally, just keep an ear out for the click clack on floorboards to know when. As is the case with most breeds, if you start the grooming regime at a young age and make it a positive experience for them, they will learn to embrace rather than dread this activity.

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Cockatiel plucking her feathers

Hi! I hope you can help me with my cockatiel, I write from Spain and here they aren't that common so vets don't know much about treating them. I have a 5 years old female cockatiel and she is very affectionate, 2 years ago I had to spend a couple of months at a hospital and my parents during that time were either working or visiting me, so she felt lonely and started plucking her feathers. Even after I went back home she continued with this behaviour and hasn't stopped. I took her to different vets, they told me to give her small amounts of a syrup that was meant for calming itching and an antibiotic in case it was something producing an itching, but neither worked. I also tried a spray called "Pluck-no-more" with the same results. In case she was lonely we got her a mate, but it may be also female since they don't pay attention to each other at all. She rubs her cloaca on the perch often but the other tiel ignores it (the pet shop said it was male but they said the same with her and then she laid an egg...). The layer that covers the feather while growing (not sure of the name in English) doesn't grow normally, looks more like bland plastic than a hard cover like the ones on my other birds pin feathers (besides her, I have another cockatiel and a lovebird). Is as if the feathers on the plucking areas aren't growing correctly. The areas she plucks are under the wings, the part where wings join the body, and the body area that is covered by the wings while resting. While plucking she lets out small cries. The fluff covers these areas so by just looking at her isn't easy to tell, unless you watch her while preening. I let her play outside of the cage very often, but lately she can't fly well and I think it may be caused by the loss of these feathers. As I said, vets in this area are more specialized in cats and dogs and know little about parrots, so I hope you can advise me since these birds are native to Australia. Is there some kind of balm or spray I can apply on her skin to soothe it? Some medicine I can ask my local vet to use? I love her and it hurts seeing her in pain everytime she preens. Any advice would be much appreciated. Greetings from Spain!