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Vizsla vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Kooikerhondje Comparison - Dog breed selector: Hungarian Vizsla or African Lion Dog or Kooiker Dog? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Vizsla vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Kooikerhondje" Compare Vizsla and Rhodesian Ridgeback. Which is better: Vizsla or Rhodesian Ridgeback or Kooikerhondje?
Name Vizsla Rhodesian Ridgeback Kooikerhondje
OriginsHungary Zimbabwe Netherlands
Group Gun Dog Hunting Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank3041413
Reviews861
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Other Names Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Short-Haired Pointer, Rövidszőrű Magyar Vizsla African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound Kooiker Dog, Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2018 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. Not recognized by FCI.
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
United Kennel Club
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
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Rare Breed Association
Foundation Stock Service
Price $800-$1200 $900-$1200 $600-$800

Vizsla vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Kooikerhondje General Appearance Comparison

Size Large Large Medium
Weight Male: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) Male: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg) 20-40 pounds (9-18 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg) 30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 24 inches (61 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) 15 inches (38.5 cm)

Vizsla vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Kooikerhondje Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Fine
Dense
Hard
Coarse
Short
No Undercoat
Dense Waterproof
Wavy
Thick
Straight
Colors Golden
Rust
Russet Gold
Dark Sandy Gold
Golden
Red
White
Gray
Wheaten
White
Red
Orange
Grooming
Effortless: The Vizsla requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Kooikerhondje doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Vizslas shed moderately.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal.
Kooikerhondjes shed moderately.

Vizsla vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Kooikerhondje Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Affectionate
Energetic
Intelligent
Protective
Cheerful
Gentle
Playful
Quiet
Easygoing
Companionable
Lively
Friendly
Evenly Tempered
Trainable
Willing
Dignified
Loyal
Sensitive
Intelligent
Mischievous
Strong
Willed
Alert
Intelligent
Loving
Territorial
Cheerful
Lively
Going
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Vizsla is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Kooikerhondje's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Vizslas are easy to train.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
Kooikerhondjes are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Vizsla is a highly playful breed.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful breed.
The Kooikerhondje is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Vizslas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Kooikerhondjes are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Vizslas are a social breed.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed.
Kooikerhondjes need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Vizsla barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
Average: The Kooikerhondje barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Vizslas are average watchdogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
Kooikerhondjes are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Vizslas are average defenders.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks strongly protect their territory.
Kooikerhondjes strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Vizsla has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Kooikerhondje has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Vizslas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Kooikerhondjes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Vizslas have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Kooikerhondjes have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Vizslas have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Kooikerhondjes have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Vizslas are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
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.
Kooikerhondjes are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Vizslas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Kooikerhondjes adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat 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.

Vizsla vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Kooikerhondje Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Vizslas are average friendly towards strangers.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Kooikerhondjes are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Vizslas are kid-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
Kooikerhondjes are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Vizslas are average friendly towards cats.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Kooikerhondjes are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Vizslas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Kooikerhondjes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Vizsla is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Kooikerhondje is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Vizslas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Kooikerhondjes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Vizslas are generally with other pets.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Kooikerhondjes are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Vizslas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Kooikerhondjes 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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 Yes
Vizsla breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Rhodesian Ridgeback breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Kooikerhondje 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.

Vizsla vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Kooikerhondje Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Vizsla is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Kooikerhondje is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cancer
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Sebaceous Adenitis
Dermoid Sinus
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Cataracts
Epilepsy
Hereditary Necrotising Myelopathy
Kidney Issues
Luxating Patella
Myositis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Vizslas are high energy dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Kooikerhondjes have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Vizslas need a lot of exercises.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise.
Kooikerhondjes need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Vizslas don't need too much sleep.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Kooikerhondjes are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, divided into two meals. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Kooikerhondje can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Vizsla has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Kooikerhondje has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Vizsla is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Kooikerhondje is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Vizsla vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Kooikerhondje Reproducibility Comparison

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 5-7 puppies

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