German Shorthaired Pointer Vs. Vizsla – The Great Gundog Debate

So, you’re looking for a new family addition and field-ready gundog. You have narrowed it down to a German Shorthaired Pointer and a Vizsla, how do you decide? Well, this should help you make that choice.


My German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) is a very versatile dog. His name is Hank, and he owns all the characteristics of a family-friendly dog breed, kids’ loving and hunting-ready.

Over the years, Hank has developed the behavior that differentiates him from the other breeds. Most of the characteristics help him hunt easily, swim, and play very energetically.

Here I describe the difference between German Shorthaired Pointer and Vizsla and how to take care of both breeds correctly.

GSP Vs. Vizsla’s Temperament and Focus

If you own one of these dogs, you probably know these dogs’ temperament and behavior patterns. Both are affectionate and enjoy the attention.

Both are also willing to please and like to snuggle. The difference lies in their energy level and exercise requirements. GSP has a higher energy level and requires more exercise than Vizsla.

My GSP needs activities to stay fit and healthy.

He also gives his contribution during the hunting activities. He can easily spot a rabbit, raccoon, or game bird. His extensive ability to find an animal gives him a special place during hunting.

Vizsla also has a prey drive, but it is not as accentuated and specific as the prey hunt in GSP.

When it comes to instincts and behavior comparison, GSPs and Vizsla are not dominant nor alpha breeds. They are family-oriented, and they are not independent.

Vizsla has an average focus when it comes to focusing on commands, while GSP has an advanced focus and patience. This ability is ideal because you can teach them new skills.

Aggression is average in GSP, while the aggression in Vizsla is below average. Chasing is high in both breeds, while the following of commands is on the side of GSP.

He listens to commands on an intermediate level, which is very common for this type of dog. Vizsla follows the orders on the below-average level.

GSP Vs. Vizsla’s Weight and Size

When it comes to the weight and size of the two dogs, the German Shorthaired Pointer is the larger one. Male dogs usually have 55-70 pounds, and female dogs have 45-60 pounds.

At the same time, Vizsla’s male dogs weigh 45-60 pounds, and female dogs’ weight is between 40 and 55 pounds. This makes them very different in size and energy level.

GSP Vs. Vizsla’s Hair and Care

GSPs have a dense coat, while the coat in Vizsla differs in a variety of the breed. It can be dense, fine, hard, coarse, short, or without an undercoat.

The colors of the coat are very versatile in both breeds. GSPs are roan, liver, white and black, while the Vizslas are golden, rust, russet gold, or dark sandy gold.

Grooming in both breeds is minimal because they require none to minimal care.

GSP Vs. Vizsla’s Other Characteristics

If we consider other characteristics of the two breeds, we need to mention adaptability and affectionate behavior. Friendliness towards strangers is average in both breeds.

They will be moderately friendly without showing aggression but also without revealing too much affection. You can meet with your friends in the company of your dog, and the dogs will react normally.

When my Hank approaches a stranger, he is always ready to sniff around but has no desire to be over-friendly.

Children are always welcome if you have one of these dogs. Both GSP and Vizsla are kid-friendly dogs, and they love playing with them.

They will not hurt or ignore a little kid even if the kid doesn’t want to play with them. They will approach the kid with great affection.

Cats and GSPs are not usually good friends. GSPs used to chase cats, and they do not like the company of this animal.

There is something in their basic instinct that makes them chase the cats whenever they see them. On the other hand, Vizslas are much more cat-friendly, and their behavior towards these animals is much better.

If you already have a cat as a pet, it is better to have a dog like Vizsla. These dogs will live with your cat in a much more peaceful environment.

The situation changes if your cat and GSP are raised together. If this is the case, they will have a better relationship with each other. Cats and GSPs can live together only in particular conditions.

When it comes to dog friendliness, both breeds are very dog friendly towards other dogs. They like to approach the other dog, play or have a sniff.

They are very curious and require some attention when they are in the company of other dogs. Both breeds are not aggressive, and they will usually investigate the situation on their own.

If they find something interesting, they will play or have fun with the other dogs.

Why Choose GSP or Vizsla?

If you wonder which type of dog is better for you, there are a few factors to consider. Both GSP and Vizsla are hunting dogs, and they are not suitable for small apartments or living conditions that are not adequate for them.

They like to be outside. They want to run, swim and have energetic activities. At the same time, they are both kids’ friendly and family-oriented.

Vizsla is a smaller dog that requires minimal grooming and care. They are very versatile, and people consider them very family-oriented.

On the other hand, GSPs are bigger dogs, and they are born to run.

They enjoy outdoor activities and hunting. You can easily bring them outside during your hunting session, and they will spot prey easily. This makes them an ideal hunting breed.

You can choose a German Shorthaired Pointer if you want an energetic dog that is ready to hunt.

You will need to teach them the basic skills and they will be happy to apply the skills at an adequate moment.

There are also some other characteristics of GSPs that are mentioned above, such as family friendliness and kids friendliness.

Your GSP will be an ideal choice if you want a versatile dog with a great ability to learn and listen to the commands. My GSP is my best friend. I am sure that your GSP will be your best friend too.


An Owner and a huge fan of GSP's! I have owned my GSP for 7 years now and learned so many things along the way to share with you all about German Shorthaired Pointers!

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