Owning a Vizsla has brought along a barrage of questions from curious admirers who are nursing the idea of owning one themselves. A majority of them inquired about the cost of owning a Vizsla breed.
Initially, it was tough to provide an accurate, estimated range of costs. This was because until the questions started coming, I hadn’t given much thought to the cost I was incurring, taking care of my Vizsla.
If I was to have a definite and guiding answer to these questions, I had to get accurate estimates. I started recalling all expenses I had spent ever since I purchased my Vizsla. I have been able to draw up a proper estimate for owning a Vizsla after having productive discussions with other Vizsla owners.
So how much will a Vizsla puppy cost you? Getting a purebred Vizsla puppy from a reputable breeder will cost you anywhere between $1,500 and $2,200 on average. Prices may vary with location. Puppies that need to be flown to your location will incur extra fees as much as $300 upwards, depending on the terms of agreement you have with the breeder.
The Average Cost of a Vizsla Puppy
The cost of a Vizsla puppy ranges between $400 and $3,000. This includes Vizsla puppies that are both well-bred and those that are not. While shopping for a Vizsla puppy, be careful not to interpret a high price tag as a sign of quality as there are breeders that are greedy enough to charge you excessively for poorly trained puppies.
While prices may vary, as earlier stated, depending on location, I have outlined several factors that can affect the average cost of a Vizsla puppy. These factors ranging from bloodlines to the breeder’s reputation have been outlined below:
- Bloodline: Vizslas are raised as pointers and retrievers. Expectedly, a Vizsla puppy from a prestigious bloodline is going to cost a premium if it has the excellence of its ancestors’ genes. If the puppy comes from a bloodline of a Vizsla that has won a show or competition, it will cost more.
- Breeder Reputation: The more reputable the breeder you contact, the more expensive the Vizsla puppy you hope to purchase will be. Well-known breeders tend to put in a lot of time, effort, and resources, and this translates to an increase in price. Contacting breeders with a kennel full of show winning dogs equates to been quoted a high price.
- Kennel Club Papers: Vizsla puppies certified by the Vizsla Club of America belong to an elite class of puppies bred under strict and standardized processes. They cost more than other Vizsla puppies that are not certified by a reputable kennel club. If only the parents are certified, it will be slightly less costly.
- Disease Testing: Breeders regularly conduct tests on the puppies to ascertain their health. A healthy Vizsla puppy with no history of diseases is likely to cost you more dollars than a Vizsla puppy that would have you issuing cheques to the veterinary doctor regularly for treatments.
- Vaccines: Breeders give Vizsla puppies DHPP vaccinations between 6 to 12 weeks old. This vaccination protects them from the risk of being infected by distemper, parainfluenza, parvovirus, etc. Healthy puppies like this often come at a high price.
- Tail Docking and Dew Claw Removal: These are very common, and almost all breeders will automatically do these things to their Vizsla puppies unless a customer specifically requests not to.
Types of Vizsla Breeders: What Are Their Prices
Breeders are individuals responsible for the care of dogs. Anyone can tag themselves as a breeder as long as they have a canine in their care, but dog breeders do differ from one another following some factors. Some are highly ethical, while some barely operate on the fringes of ethics and primary care.
It is also vital that you know the types of breeders to make an informed choice in your canine search. What are the best types of breeders? Which kinds of breeders should you avoid getting your Vizsla dog from, and why? I have outlined all the types of breeders below, together with their average prices.
A puppy mill is a breeding establishment housing a large number of dogs. They breed any kind of dog, as evidenced by mills consisting of a wide range of different varieties. These dogs are kept in kennels or cages where they spend the rest of their days.
They are mainly concerned with breeding for profit, and as such, the female dogs reproduce continually in mass and commercial quantity. These litters are sold for a profit at pet stores. It is often said that almost all dogs found in pet stores across the country come from puppy mills.
As a result of the varying breed in the mills, puppy mills breeders have little or next to no knowledge of particular breeds. They are equally not interested in breed research and improvement.
Dogs in puppy mills are not in the best health condition. They are prone to poor health care and grooming and little human socialization. The cages or kennels are not regularly cleaned and, at times, overpopulated.
Though puppy mills are usually overcrowded, not all canine establishments with numerous dogs should be considered as puppy mills. The difference between both is in the housing and quality of care the dogs receive.
Puppy mill breeders do not belong to breeding clubs. The dogs do not partake in any dog-related activity are therefore not fit physically.
Based on professional advice I got around, purchasing a dog from a puppy mill should be avoided at all cost. Although they are the cheapest option, they come with underlying health and physical problems due to the environment they have been brought up.
Although these dogs may be registered to the American Kennel Club in certain situations, it does not guarantee its status as they may not be active members. If you decide to go ahead, do not be surprised by the health issues your dog may experience. After all, it has been not receiving the best care.
The average price of a Vizsla puppy from a puppy mill: $300 – $800
Another type of breeder is those known as backyard breeders. The term ‘backyard’ is not used to refer to where the dogs are kept as not all breeders in this category keep dogs in the backyard. Breeders in this category have little knowledge or experience.
They mainly decide to go into breeding because they want to make some extra money, birth a puppy for a friend or family that wants one. Some even do it as some form of experiment, letting their kids witness the beauty of canine birth.
One major issue with this kind of breeder is that they do not take enough time to educate themselves or seek professional advice before embarking on the breeding journey.
Since backyard breeders lack experience, they do not consider genetics when breeding. They also do not carry out appropriate testings on their dogs. Some end up lying about the amount of knowledge they have just to keep a prospective buyer interested.
Positively, they do not keep a large number of dogs. As a result, dogs bred in a backyard system are sure to receive a lot of attention, love, and human interaction.
Despite this, though, they barely involve in dog-related activities since most backyard breeders do not prioritize joining the local breeding club.
Backyard breeders are always willing to sell to almost anyone with money. They are quite reliable, although some can be compared to puppy mills on a smaller scale. You should take great care in choosing a backyard breeder to purchase from as a number of them inflate prices.
As earlier stated, some backyard breeders do not pay adequate attention to dog health. Make sure to inquire about the dog’s bloodline and health history if you must purchase from them.
The average price of Vizsla puppy from a backyard breeder: $800 – $1,500
Reputable Vizsla Breeders
Purchasing a Vizsla from these types of breeders is highly recommended. They are professional breeders who treat breeding as a business and pay attention to what others may ignore.
As prominent breed club members, they foster breed development and improvement by collaborating with other experienced club members. They have extensive knowledge of breeds and with an appropriate plan, and they cater to the dogs in their care with utmost love and care.
Partaking in dog activities is a significant feature of reputable breeders, and the health effects of these activities reflect on the general health of the dogs in their care.
You should note that this type of breeders place a considerable emphasis on prospective buyers possessing certain qualities and are very selective of buyers. They love to receive feedback on dogs, even after-sales.
Dogs purchased from reputable breeders could cost you a lot more than the other breeders. A majority of their dogs have had to pass standardized tests and, as such, are of high quality. Even the females are limited mainly to birthing a significant amount of litters before been allowed to rest.
If you can afford a reputable breeder, please, by all means, do so. Your dogs will be gotten at much better health, and as an added advantage, you can always call upon a reputable breeder for advice and guidance, and they will be willing to help you.
Most breeders also offer to take back the dog if you suddenly become incapable of caring for any dog purchased. With a couple of papers to sign and resolve, you should be holding a healthy Vizsla puppy in your hands.
The average price of a Vizsla puppy from a reputable breeder: $1,500 – $2,200
Initial Costs of Vizsla Ownership
Getting a Vizsla dog into your home would require you to spend money to create a much-needed conducive environment for your Vizsla. Most importantly, getting a dog license should be top of your list. A license shouldn’t cost more than $20, although it may cost more in your state.
Spending on a crate is a necessity (I think so). This would become your Vizsla’s den in the months to come. A safe place, his home within a home.
You are also going to spend on dog food, a proper leash, and collar suitable for your Vizsla. A puppy pen and an accompanying bed are also essential for when you’ll leave for work.
Crates vary with size and could cost between $25 and $500. For a Vizsla, I recommend you get a 42-inch crate. Dog food costs about $80 per month. Dog leashes and collars come at a cost between $10 and $30.
Vaccinations are necessary for the first month, and price varies from doctor to doctor, and on the average, judging from my experience could cost as much as $150.
Other additional costs would take up a sizeable chunk of your budget. Housing a dog comes with having to make several items available in addition to the initial cost.
Dogs love treats and toys, and you must keep some around during the early days of the dog’s stay at your home. This will help the dog settle in. Bowls and waste bags, carpet cleaners and bowls, and most fundamentally, worming medications are all essential.
Depending on the ingredients involved in their make, treats could cost you an average of $20. Getting dog toys from a good dog store could cost you an average of $35. I didn’t have to buy toys as a graceful church member gifted me the ones her late dog used to play with.
Dogs are likely to mess up your carpet in the early days as my Vizsla dog did with mine. So, getting a carpet cleaner would save you a lot of stress. A good carpet cleaner should take about $50 out of your budget. Waste bags and bowls cost an average of $50.
|Type of Expense||Cost|
|Quality Puppy Food||$80|
|Leash, Collars, and Bowls||$65|
|Carpet Cleaner, Waste Bags, and Other Supplies||$60|
|Initial Veterinarian Visit||$60|
|Deworming, Tick, and Flea Medications||$65|
My First-Year Expenses Owning a Vizsla Puppy
The first year I spent with my Vizsla puppy was a tough one. I had no experience whatsoever and made the fatal mistake of consulting people who were not experts. As a result, I kept spending on both necessary and unnecessary materials.
By the time I came around to seeking professional advice as regards housing my Vizsla, medications, and general care, I had spent a considerable fortune.
I remember spending about $1,000 on different medicines and vaccines that I found out over time were not even necessary. Many of those expenses could have been avoided if I had sought professional help from the start.
|Type of Expense||Cost|
|Purebred Vizsla Puppy||$1,600|
|Flea and Tick Medication||$200|
|Additional Veterinarian Expenses||$190|
“Other Equipment” includes items like a leash, crate, doggie door, dog waste bags, bowls, bed, carpet cleaner, puppy pee pads, etc.
Monthly Cost of Owning an Adult Vizsla
The monthly expenses incurred on an adult Vizsla are nothing compared to what it would cost to take care of a Vizsla pup. Food supplies should cost you no more than $80 per month.
Treats and toys will come in at a combined $45. This would bring a monthly total of $166. Medications are not regularly administered as I would assume, your Vizsla, like mine, is healthy.
A health insurance plan is also recommended and would cost you an average of $30 per month, depending on who your insurer is. If you decide against having health insurance, I would advise you to create an emergency fund for your dog.
This would save you the stress of having to source for funds when your Vizsla suddenly falls ill or in need of some urgent medical procedure.
|Type of Expense||Cost|
Lifetime Cost of Owning a Vizsla
Vizslas have an average life span of 13 years. As earlier stated, you’ll need $166 to cater for your Vizsla monthly on average, which will cost you $1,992 each year after the first year. And working with that, it will be easy and straight forward to arrive at the total expected cost for a lifetime period.
Admittedly, you may not even own a Vizsla throughout its lifetime, but this puts you in an informed position. Since it will cost you $4,530 for the first year and $1,992 in the following years, then your total estimate for 13 years will be $28,434.
Other Potential Expenses
Some expenses can be avoided even though they look crucial. If your budget is minimal, do not put yourself in a precarious position, trying to pay for services you can skip without consequences.
- Training: Dog trainers are professionals who you can employ for $150 per hour for private home training. You can also register your dog in a puppy class nearby. Dog training is not deemed necessary amongst dog owners, especially if you are a private owner.
- Day Care or Pet Walking Services: Dog walking is a good way of letting your dog exercise and be fit. Some services offer walking sessions for owners that are unable to do so. This could cost about $15 to $55 per day. Alternatively, if you must, it will be cheaper to ask a friend or a family member to help you walk your Vizsla pet.
- Shipping: If your Vizsla has been purchased from a breeder outside your area or in another country, the breeder may incur shipping fees. This will cost you an estimate of $250, but some breeders are open to negotiations. A better option would be to pick it up.
Finding a Cheaper Vizsla
Finding a cheaper Vizsla would most likely end up with you having an unhealthy Vizsla. The most common way of getting a Vizsla at a more affordable price is through rescue centers and adoption centers.
Although an adopted Vizsla may be cheap, you should ask questions to find out more about its history before purchase. You can also get cheap Vizsla from owners who might be relocating to another country and wouldn’t want to take the dog for whatever reason. You can find a whole lot of adverts on social media and auction sites.
You can also try importing a Vizsla dog from Europe, although when the cost of importation and vaccination is factored in, it doesn’t look like a cheap option anymore.
How to Find Products That Work for Vizsla
Finding the right product for your Vizsla is key to ensuring good health and living. Vizslas require slightly large crates because they are medium-sized. A small crate would not fit, and a larger crate would not only be expensive but too large and ultimately a waste of money when a medium crate can suffice.
Puzzle toys are the perfect choice for Vizsla dogs, especially puppies. It helps in mental stimulation. A high-quality bed like the orthopedic ultra-plush bed is of excellent quality and will help ease body aches and joint pain.
Whatever product you want to purchase for your Vizsla, ensure you do extensive research to determine if it is suitable for your dog. They may be dogs, but they have their preferences that should be adhered to.
In my experience, visiting the local club to ask for guidance helped me even though I am not a member.
My Final Thoughts
If there is anything I must alert you to, then it must be the possibility of being scammed. Puppy scams are becoming more rampant, especially on the internet. Puppy scammers are not breeders, but they take advantage of a buyer’s need for a dog. This is why due diligence is strongly advised.
There are thousands of dog ads on the internet. There is also a huge possibility that some have been placed by people whose intention is to fleece you with no purpose of offering a dog in return.
There are signs you should look out for in a potential puppy scammer. I have listed some below:
- If the offer sounds too good to be true, you should look away.
- No contact number
- No visitations allowed
- Poorly constructed grammar
- Lack of a physical address
- The urgency to ship right away
The best way to avoid puppy scams is to visit the breeder. It’s hard to be scammed if you visit the breeder, and you see a dog that meets your approval.