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Vizsla: Breed Temperament, Exercise Needs & Health (Hungarian Vizsla)
Group: AKC Sporting,
AKC Ranking: 43
Also Known As:
Hungarian Vizsla, Hungarian Short-haired Pointing
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Vizsla is a Hungarian
hunting dog descended from the Transylvanian
hound and the Turkish yellow dog. More recently
the German Shorthaired Pointer and the Pointer
have been added into the mix. The name ‘vizsla’
in Hungarian means ‘pointer.’
The Vizsla is a retriever
and scent hound that is used for finding
small game and birds.
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A General Appearance
of the Dog
The Vizsla is a medium-build,
muscular hunting dog with a sleek coat and
a wedge-shaped head with a long, tapered
muzzle and long ears that hang from high
on the head.
The most striking feature of the
Vizsla is how powerfully muscular it is. One-third
of the tail is docked. Dew claws on both front and
back are removed.
When it runs, it covers a great
deal of ground but in a graceful and smooth movement.
The Hungarian Vizsla has a solid
rusty-gold coat in shadings with no markings or
other colors. (A bit of white on the chest or toes
is sometimes seen.)
The Vizsla coat is short, smooth,
and dense. It lies against the skin. There is no
Male: 22 to 24 inches
Female: 21 to 23 inches
Males: 46 – 60 lbs
Females: 40 – 55 lbs
Temperament of the Dog
The Vizsla is a natural hunter
whose nose is great and whose desire is equally
great. He is lively but gentle and affectionate.
He has a well-developed sense
of protectiveness in regard to his family and his
possessions. The Vizsla enjoys family life and gets
very excited with more activity. They generally
do not get along well with other animals as they
see them as prey – do not get a Vizsla if
you have rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.
Vizslas are very energetic and
athletic and need a great deal of exercise or they
become destructive and neurotic.
Vizslas need good socialization,
especially with a variety of people and noises.
The Vizsla needs to start training
early with someone who is patient and firm. He distracts
easily so short, intense training sessions are needed.
He wants to please his owner but sometimes does
not seem to understand exactly what he is to do.
Without training, he is difficult to handle. He
can be willful (stubborn). He probably will cause
problems with chewing.
Spend some time with this breed
and with a variety of dogs in this breed before
getting one. Ask a lot of questions of those who
have or raise them. Many tend to be very high strung
and excitable. Many are stubborn and hard to handle.
Be sure you know what you are getting before taking
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
Vizslas will want to be in the
house, but may drive you crazy with their constant
movement. They need plenty of outdoor activity.
Are they suited to homes
They are gentle and reliable with
children. They love to play with older children.
They may be too excitable and energetic for toddlers
and young children. This is definitely not a calm
dog except when he is sleeping. He can be quite
nervous, prancing all around and stepping on children
and toys without meaning to do it.
How Active is the Breed?
Vizsla is a very active breed.
It is not recommended for apartment life. It is
active indoors as well as outdoors and needs daily
runs. It may drive you crazy with its constant movement.
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
These high energy, high stamina
dogs are always in motion. They absolutely need
at least a couple of daily long, brisk walks. They
would prefer long jogs or runs. Do not allow them
off leash outside of a fence or you may never see
They need a yard with a tall,
Without sufficient exercise they
become very nervous and destructive and display
a wide variety of behavioral problems.
The short coat of the Vizsla is
easy to groom. Use a firm bristled brush about once
a week. He may need a bath occasionally.
Nails should be trimmed monthly.
They may not like this, so handle their feet often
when they are young, using a firm touch.
Vizslas are prone to hip dysplasia.
Breeding the Dog and any
This breed often needs help in
the form of a Caesarean section when whelping.
Life Span: The
life span of the Vizsla is 12-15 years.
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National Breed Clubs
British – Hungarian Vizsla
Club - http://hungarianvizslaclub.org.uk/
US –The Vizsla Club of America - http://clubs.akc.org/vizsla
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC,
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