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Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Vizsla vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Vizsla vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon" Compare Rhodesian Ridgeback and Vizsla. Which is better: Rhodesian Ridgeback or Vizsla or Wirehaired Pointing Griffon?
Name Rhodesian Ridgeback Vizsla Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
OriginsZimbabwe Hungary France Netherlands
Group Hunting Dogs Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank413065
Reviews310
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Other Names African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Short-Haired Pointer, Rövidszőrű Magyar Vizsla Korthals Griffon, Griffon D39;arrêt à Poil Dur, Korthals
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of The US American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club
Price $900-$1200 $800-$1200 $600-$800

General Appearance - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Vizsla vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Size Large Large Medium
Weight Male: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg) Male: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg) Male: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) 55 pounds (25 kg)
Height Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) 20-24 inches (50-60 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 24 inches (61 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm) 22 inches (55 cm)

Hair & Care - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Vizsla vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Coat Dense Fine Dense Hard Coarse Short No Undercoat Rough
Colors Golden Red White Gray Wheaten Golden Rust Russet Gold Dark Sandy Gold Brown Gray Chestnut
Grooming
Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Vizsla requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal.
Vizslas shed moderately.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Vizsla vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Temperament Dignified Loyal Sensitive Intelligent Mischievous Strong Willed Affectionate Energetic Intelligent Protective Cheerful Gentle Playful Quiet Easygoing Companionable Lively Friendly Evenly Tempered Trainable Willing Gentle Proud Vigilant Loyal Trainable Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Vizsla is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
Vizslas are easy to train.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful breed.
The Vizsla is a highly playful breed.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Vizslas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Vizslas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed.
Vizslas are a social breed.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
Average: The Vizsla barks occasionally.
Average: The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
Vizslas are average watchdogs.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Rhodesian Ridgebacks can't provide protection for their territory.
Vizslas are average defenders.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Vizsla has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Vizslas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Vizslas have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Vizslas have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Vizslas are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Vizslas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Rhodesian Ridgebacks do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Vizslas do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Vizsla vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Stranger Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards strangers.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are kid-friendly dogs.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards cats.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Vizsla is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Vizslas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Vizslas are generally with other pets.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Vizslas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Rhodesian Ridgeback breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Vizsla breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Vizsla vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Health Issues
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Vizsla is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Dermoid Sinus Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Cancer Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Sebaceous Adenitis Ear Infections Ectropion Entropion Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-14 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Vizslas are high energy dogs.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Rhodesian Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise.
Vizslas need a lot of exercises.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Vizslas don't need too much sleep.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Vizsla has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Vizsla is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Vizsla vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 6-8 puppies 6-8 puppies 6-9 puppies

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