Dog Profiles - Description of Vizsla


Description: Vizsla means alert and responsive in the Hungarian language. The Vizsla has become a popular work, show and companion dog in the past few years. Robust but lightly built, he is a great jumper and if bored will try to escape from a yard that does not have a sufficiently high fence. He is the happiest when he has something to do. The Vizsla will adapt to city living, but will require long walks and human companionship as he has an enormous stamina. Somewhat sensitive he needs to been handled gently. He is reliable with children and will quickly adapt to family life.

Height: 22-25 inches

Weight: 45-55 lbs.

Colors: Russet gold; small white marks on chest and feet acceptable.

Coat: Short, dense and straight.

Temperament: Gentle, responsive, alert. Usually gets along with children. Usually gets along well with other household animals. Good hunting dog and family pet. Good watch dog, poor guard dog.

Care and Exercise: Brush his shorthaired coat with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo occasionally. Keep nails trimmed. Plenty of opportunity to run off leash and regular daily walks as he is an energetic breed who needs exercise to feel both physically and mentally happy.

Training: Basic training should be introduced as a puppy. Early contact with people is needed. Easy to train as they try to please their owners. Harsh training techniques can ruin this dog, consistency in training is the best. Learning Rate: High. Obedience: High. Problem Solving: Medium.

Activity: Indoors - Low, Outdoors - High

Living Environment: Best suited for country living. He does not do as well in a city or suburban life but will adapt if sufficient exercise is given. Owners need to make their authority clear from the beginning. Would make a great companion for a hunter or a jogger.

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, skin problems and epilepsy.

Life Span: 11-14 Years

Litter Size: 6-8

Country of Origin: Hungary

History: Also known as the Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Vizsla or Magyar Vizsla, the Vizsla may trace his ancestry back to the Magyars who invaded Hungary from the east. Descended from the Turkish Yellow Dog, the Transylvania Hound and Weimaraner. He was once used to hunt the vast plains of Hungary where game birds and hare lived. He was only known in Hungary until after World War II.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 7), KC (GB), UKC