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Vizsla Dog Breed Info & Pictures

The Vizsla is a medium sized hunting dog most commonly recognized for its golden rust coat. The head is wide between the ears, with a moderate stop and a muzzle that is deep and square. The eyes and nose should match the coat, and should not be any color other than brown; the Vizslas expression is keen and inquisitive. Ears are long and silky, and hang near the cheeks. The neck and body are lean and muscular, giving the dogs body a light but powerful appearance. The legs are strong and sturdy: forequarters are straight and hindquarters are well developed with angulated hocks and stifles. The tail is carried level and docked one third off; feet are compact and catlike. The coat lies close to the body and is dense, smooth and short. The coat is solid in various shades of golden rust; occasionally, one will see some white markings on the dogs chest.

Vizsla Fast Facts

Sporting
11 - 14 years
Hungary
Dark Ages
50 - 65 lb
45 - 60 lb
22 - 24"
21 - 23"
Veeshla, Vishla, Visla, Viszla or Vizla.
Drotszoru Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla

Temperament

The Vizslas temperament is similar to that of most hunting dogs: playful, alert, social, and active....

The Vizslas hunting roots are undeniable, and nothing makes it happier than a day in the field. The dog will retrieve and point naturally, and it also enjoys following the various scents it detects. Around the house, the Vizsla is gentle and affectionate, and thrives on the love and attention of its family. These dogs are well mannered in the house when given the chance to exercise properly, but if left inactive they will become neurotic and destructive. The Vizsla is intelligent and takes well to training, but it can be stubborn at times; consistent, firm training should overcome this.

Caring For a Vizsla

The Vizsla is a naturally active breed that needs vigorous exercise every day....

A brisk walk is good but not ideal; allowing your Vizsla to run at full gallop around a field for 30 minutes to an hour every day is preferable. The Vizslas innate friendliness toward people means aggression should not be an issue, but proper socialization is still a must. Introduce your Vizsla pup to strangers, children and other dogs as much as you can in order to cultivate the sweet personality the breed is known for. The Vizsla is able to live outdoors in moderate climates, though this is certainly not encouraged as the dog is much happier indoors with its family. The dog is not terribly cold resistant, however, and should always be kept inside on chilly nights. Coat care is an afterthought; an occasional brushing and an as-needed bath should do the trick. The Vizsla is moderately susceptible to epilepsy; less common problems include canine hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and lymphosarcoma.

Vizsla History

Breed History

The Vizsla originated in Hungary during the late Dark Ages, or approximately the 9th century AD....

The Magyar tribes who settled in this area had used hunting dogs for centuries, and Hungarys pastoral fields would greatly influence the evolution of the Vizsla into the breed we recognized today. Hungarian art from this period features dogs resembling the Vizsla, and manuscripts from the 14th century detail the dogs uses. Throughout the Middle Ages, Hungarian nobles favored the Vizsla for its exceptional nose as well as its ability to point and retrieve in dense groundcover. These desirable qualities made the Vizsla a popular choice for breeders looking to modify other dogs, and traces of the Vizsla can be seen in such modern breeds as the German Shorthaired Pointer and the Weimaraner. After a thousand years of faithful service in central Europe, the Vizsla began to decline during the 19th century. The breed was seemingly forgotten amid increased use of newer, more specialized breeds, many of which were partially descended from the Vizsla. The breed was teetering on the brink of extinction during the early 20th century but it managed to resurge, thanks in large part to Hungarians fleeing their homes during World War II. The Hungarian exodus introduced the Vizsla to the world, and it was not long before the breeds numbers were on the rebound. The Vizsla was brought to the United States in 1950 and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960. Today, the Vizsla is a popular choice for both hunters and families looking to add a loving pet to their home.