The Vizsla!

The Vizsla, also known as the Hungarian Pointer, is a slender, short-haired hunting dog with a reddish or golden coat. It has thin, silky ears that are set low and hang down close to the cheeks. Its clipped tail is carried erect. The Vizsla was developed centuries ago in Hungary and only gained popularity in the United States during the 1960’s. It was considered a prized possession of land owners particularly the aristocracy due to its hunting abilities and its regal appearance.

Some Quick Facts:


Life Expectancy:
13-15 years

Energy Level:
Average.

Living Conditions:
Very flexible, but needs outdoor outlet for exercise.

Barking:
Average.

Exercise Needs:
Daily 30 minute walk or 20 minute run.

Breed Group:
Sporting

Size:
Medium

Height:
21-24 inches

Weight:
40-60 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Solid golden rust in different shadings.

National breed club:
The Vizsla Club of America

Vizsla Skills

Vizslas are outstanding hunters. Being sturdy and light-footed, they are known for their exceptional skill in hunting upland game birds as well as waterfowls and small fur animals. The grace and intensity of their hunt is worth watching as they point and retrieve. They are also strong swimmers.

Vizsla Personality

Having a name whose literal meaning is alert and responsive; Vizslas are true to their name. They make extraordinary family pets or hunting dogs as they are quite friendly, affectionate and loyal. Vizslas prefer to be treated as a member of the family and appreciate being close to their owners. Training a Vizsla is very easy due to its natural intelligence and eagerness to please. They do not respond well to severe discipline as they are quite sensitive by nature.

Exercise Needs

Exercise should be part of the Vizsla’s daily activity. It should include walking and running preferably with companions and toys to avoid boredom. It should be noted that a bored Vizsla is prone to destructiveness. They should be provided with a variety of places to exercise off leash as a small fenced backyard may not be sufficient to their needs.

Living Conditions

Vizslas can live in practically any environment as long as they have enough exercise, a warm, dry place to stay with lots of love and attention. This breed loves warmth as manifested in its frequent basking in the sun.

Grooming Requirements

A Vizsla’s beautiful and soft coat requires little maintenance. It is basically a clean dog with very little odor. However, they do shed but it can be controlled by rubbing the dog with a non-cotton sweater to pick up loose hairs.

Health Issues

Vizslas are considered an extremely healthy breed although some are prone to skin and/or food allergies. They are also susceptible to hip dysplasia. Hemophilia, Von Willebrand’s Disease, tail defects and epilepsy are the less common genetic diseases in Vizslas. Extreme care should be taken with the use of anesthesia during surgery as this breed is particularly sensitive to this drug.

If you liked this dog…

...you might also find a Weimaraner worth considering as the breed was developed to combine the qualities of bird sense, speed, courage and high intelligence, which is similar to a Vizsla. However, a Weimaraner is bigger and heavier than a Vizsla.

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