7 Best Foods To Feed an Adult and Puppy Vizsla in 2020

Vizslas are well known for their incredible loyalty, their high intelligence, and their stunning brown coats. Year on year the breed is becoming more and more popular, at time of writing they are the 33rd most popular kind of dog in the USA. Due to this, we’re receiving more and more requests for information on them.

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One of the most common questions we are asked by our readers about Vizslas concerns their dietary requirements and recommended feeding schedules. So, by popular demand, today we are going to tell you what you should (and shouldn’t) be feeding your Vizsla (and how often you should be doing it).

Let’s get started.

What To Look For In A Good Vizsla Dog Food

Vizslas have a few dietary requirements that need to be taken into account when choosing a food. That being said, we will list some things to look out for (and some things to avoid) below.


Vizslas are well known to have reasonably sensitive stomachs and they suffer from allergies more so than other breeds. This isn’t an issue in all Vizslas and the majority of them will not have any problems whatsoever, but it’s certainly something you need to be watching out for.

There are no foods that are specific to the breed that is likely to cause an allergic reaction so watch out for the traditional allergens. Things like dairy, soy, chicken, and eggs are common offenders, grains such as oat and wheat are the worst.

Keep an eye out for any rashes, coat shedding, diarrhea, and excessive flatulence when feeding your pooch a new food. If you notice any symptoms you should switch foods immediately and then book an appointment at the vet to get your dog tested to find out what the allergy is (so you can avoid it in the future).


You may already know that dogs need a huge amount of protein in their diet. Almost all dog food on the market has a decent amount of protein in it so it’s something that is already taken care of for you. This being said, it’s always good to know a little bit more about the needs of your pooch – so we mention it in most articles.

Artificial Preservatives

Artificial preservatives are something we highly recommend you avoid feeding a dog of any breed. They are less common in decent quality foods, but you’ll still find them in abundance at the lower end of the market. The rule of thumb we like to use is that if we wouldn’t eat it for health reasons, then neither should our dogs (within reason).

It’s very rare you’ll find us recommending a food that contains artificial colors or preservatives (and none of the products we’re going to mention later contain them).

How Often Should You Feed A Vizsla

Adult male Vizslas when fully grown should weigh between 45 and 65 pounds, females should be a little lighter coming in at around 40 to 55 pounds. At around 55 pounds you should be aiming to feed your pooch around 1400 calories per day to maintain their weight.

Puppy Vizslas require a much higher calorific intake per day relative to their size. To give you an estimated amount when they weigh around 35 pounds they should be fed around 1100 calories per day. However, as always, you should stick to what the manufacturer of your food recommends as they are all different.

Feeding schedules are reasonably standard for Vizslas. Adults should be fed twice a day in most cases. Puppies can be fed between 3 and 4 times per day while they are still young. By the time they’re about a year old you should be aiming to have them down to two meals a day.

You may already know that Vizslas are a very emotionally sensitive breed that doesn’t respond well to harsh punishment and training. The recommended way to train them is through positive reinforcement instead of scolding (which usually means treats).

It can be a little too easy sometimes to give a few too many treats when training your pooch in this manner. Keep an eye on the number of additional calories that are being consumed by your dog when training them. If it’s getting a little bit excessive, consider reducing the portion size of their main meals to compensate for it.

Vizslas are renowned for being super easy to train thanks to their high intelligence. This combined with their extreme athletic prowess and stamina makes them a popular breed for competition and sport. The rigorous training involved in preparing for competitions takes up much more energy than would be expended by a normal pet. Be sure to bump up the daily calorie intake of your pooch if you’re planning on training them hard and having them compete.

The same is true if your Vizsla is going to be a working dog helping you hunt. Ensure they’re not going hungry by adding more calories to their diet on days that they are working with you (around 1500 calories per day).

Best Value Food for a Vizsla

American Journey Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Dry

We’ve scoured the internet to find what we think are the best foods on the market suitable for adult and puppy Vizslas (more on this later). To get our section of recommendations started we’re going to talk about what we think is the overall best value food for adult Vizslas.

We recommend this food as the best value product time and time again, but quite honestly not many products even come close in terms of cost to quality ratio.

The salmon and sweet potato mix from American Journey provides what we consider to be a premium quality food at a budget price point. They’re a well known, well-respected brand that goes above and beyond to squeeze as many nutrients into every product as possible without pushing up the cost.

For example, the salmon that makes up the bulk of the protein in this product is often considered to be one of the most expensive (and highest quality) ingredients commonly used in dog food. Many brands only use it in small quantities alongside other protein, but it’s found in abundance in this food. Salmon is well known for containing a whole heap of omega oils and amino acids that are great for keeping coats glossy, keeping shedding to a minimum, and keeping joints healthy too.

It’s a completely grain free food which is great for keeping allergies away and all of the carbohydrates come from complex sources (mainly sweet potato and chickpeas). At around $30 for a big bag, it’s great value for money, if you’ve not tried it yet – we highly recommend you do.

3 Best Foods to Feed An Adult Vizsla

In the next two sections, we are going to be focusing on foods that are specifically good for adult and puppy Vizslas (as their needs are very different from one another). Here are our top 3 food recommendations for adult Vizslas.

Taste of the Wild High Prairie Grain-Free Dry

Taste of the Wild High Prairie Grain-Free Dry

The word wholesome has become a bit of a buzzword in the dog food industry in recent years. Many brands claim to provide wholesome food, but few actually do (Taste of the Wild is one of the good ones). The protein in the mix is found from real deboned chicken (not chicken meal) which contains a bunch of fats, oils, and vitamins to keep your pooch in tip-top condition.

There are no artificial colors or preservatives and they’ve added things like zinc to stop shedding and keep coats glossy. The complex carbohydrates in the mix come from brown rice to provide energy (but there is a small amount of oats in the mix too).

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Deboned chicken is a great protein source
  • Pro – Dogs love the taste
  • Pro – Added zinc
  • Con – Contains oats

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Original Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal & Chicken Meal Recipe

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Original Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal & Chicken Meal Recipe

Another great food we came across is Wellness’s Core product that provides everything your dog needs to be healthy in an extremely balanced product. The protein is mainly derived from poultry (chicken, turkey, and chicken meal) which can cause allergic reactions in a very small number of Vizslas – but it’s uncommon. However, poultry is also one of the most easily digestible protein sources too, which means your pooch will absorb more nutrients pound for pound of food. It’s completely grain free, it’s packed full of antioxidants and probiotics, and it even contains Yucca Schidigera extract to reduce the smell of your pooches “droppings”.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – High nutrient absorption
  • Pro – Great protein sources
  • Pro – Yucca Schidigera makes stools smell better
  • Pro – Grain free
  • Con – One of the most expensive foods on this list

Merrick Lil’ Plates Grain-Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe Small Breed Dry Dog Food

Merrick Lil' Plates Grain-Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe Small Breed Dry Dog Food

This excellent food from Merrick is another one of our regular recommendations. It’s a premium food with a slightly higher price tag than other foods on the market. However, if only the best will do for your pooch, this is a food you should seriously consider. It uses real chicken as a protein source (not chicken meal) and is 100% grain free. All of the carbohydrates come from complex sources (sweet potato) and the added natural antioxidants and probiotics (from tomato and blueberry) aid your dog’s digestion.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Super high-quality ingredients
  • Pro – Chicken protein
  • Pro – Natural probiotics and antioxidants
  • Pro – Reputable brand
  • Con – Could be a little cheaper

3 Best Foods To Feed A Puppy Vizsla

Puppies need different nutrients in different ratios compared to their older brothers and sisters. With that in mind here are 3 foods we highly recommend that will provide your pooch all they need to grow up to be big and strong.

Solid Gold Wolf Cub Bison & Oatmeal Puppy Formula

Solid Gold Wolf Cub Bison & Oatmeal Puppy Formula

With a name like “Solid Gold”, this product is setting expectations pretty high right from the start. However, we feel they meet them easily with this super high-quality premium food. It’s America’s first completely holistic dog food that is packed full of the vitamins and minerals that a growing pup needs. The main protein source comes from bison with a sprinkling of fish meal as an added bonus. The carbohydrates are high quality (brown rice) and the added calcium has been carefully balanced to provide the optimum amount for healthy natural growth.

It’s not a cheap food, but if you’ve got the budget for it we think that it’s one of the very best dry foods for puppies in the world right now.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Holistic food
  • Pro – Quality protein sources
  • Pro – Balanced calcium
  • Pro – Complex carbohydrates
  • Con – It’s not cheap

Merrick Grain-Free Puppy Real Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe

Merrick Grain-Free Puppy Real Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe

The second product on this list from Merrick is just as good as the first. It’s specifically designed for puppies and contains all the nutrients they could possibly need to become big and strong. All of the ingredients in the food are super high quality, the protein comes from chicken and the carbohydrates come from sweet potatoes and chickpeas. Fruits like apples and blueberries are added to the mix for probiotic and antioxidant goodness and it’s completely grain free too (which is great for allergies).

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Grain free
  • Pro – Quality ingredients
  • Pro – Probiotics
  • Pro – Great brand
  • Con – Could be a little cheaper

Instinct by Nature’s Variety Raw Boost Puppy Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food

Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Puppy Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food

The final product on our list of recommendations today is Instinct by Nature’s Variety. It’s another well-rounded food that’s going to provide your pup with a tasty balanced meal. Something we really like about this product is the quality of the chicken that’s used as the main protein source. It’s all made from organic free-range poultry (which about as cruelty-free as chicken gets).

70% of the ingredients in this food come from real animal products and the remaining 30% come from high-quality vegetables, minerals, and herbs for optimal nutrition. It’s made in the USA and contains heaps of antioxidants, and oils to promote a healthy coat and a happy stomach.

Pros And Cons

  • Pro – Free range high-quality chicken
  • Pro – Made in the USA
  • Pro – Large quantity of animal products
  • Pro – Lots of antioxidants and essential oils
  • Con – None


So there you have it, everything there is to know about feeding a Vizsla.

As long as you keep an eye out for allergies they’re a reasonably easy dog to feed a balanced diet to. We highly recommend our value pick (as it really is great value), but any of the products on this page are more than worthy of your consideration.

Carlotta Cooper

Carlotta is a long-time contributing editor for the weekly dog show magazine Dog News. She's also the author of The Dog Adoption Bible, the Dog Writers Association of America Adoptashelter.com Award winner for 2013. In addition, she's written Canine Cuisine: 101 Natural Dog Food & Treat Recipes to Make Your Dog Healthy and Happy.

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  • b lowest protein food for dog. He is a rescue, 4 years old. needs food with lowest protein because of to much nitrogen in the urine. Really need your help.

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