The Vizsla dog breed has an ancient history as a hunting dog originating in central Europe or more specifically, Hungary.
The expertise of this breed is in pointing and retrieving small game both on land and in water. The name Vizsla translates as "pointer".
During World War I and II, this breed greatly decreased in number, almost to the point of extinction in Hungary. Fortunately, other fanciers in Germany, Austria, and Italy kept the breed going.
The Vizsla dog breed is sleek and regal looking with a slim, yet robust body, a muscular head and long low set ears. He is of medium height with a striking short-haired coat. His expression shows alertness and intelligence.
Although this dog has a commanding presence which some people may view as less approachable, the truth is, he is a beautiful companion dog with a very loving and sensitive nature.
Height: 22 to 24 inches
Weight: 40-62 lbs.
Colors: Solid Russet Gold in different shades
The Vizsla dog breed has a close-lying short coat that is smooth, dense, and very striking in the color.
Wiping down the coat with a chamois along with a modest amount of brushing with a curry brush will keep the coat in good order.
The folded over ear anatomy of this breed makes them more prone to trap dirt as well as attract parasites.
examination and gentle cleaning is recommended to prevent problems, but stick to only what you can see and avoid going deeply into the ear canal.
Vizsla dogs are known for their intelligence and trainability. They are calm, gentle and sensitive in nature.
In fact, their sensitivity is so keen that they will pick up on your moods and match their demeanor to them...so be careful how you act around them! If you're jolly most of the time, no worries!
This breed is very affectionate and needs to live inside and be part of the family. They also have very protective traits and make fine watchdogs.
Training your dog is best done by taking advantage of his smartness using a creative approach along with consistency and patience.
The Vizsla dog breed is easily bored with rote learning so try to add a lot of
variety to keep routines both challenging and interesting.
Vizslas need a lot of exercise on a regular basis to keep from becoming overly nervous and high strung. If they don't
get it, plan to have really high walls around your property to contain them.
Even then, some Vizslas have the capacity to jump an eight-foot wall without any problem, if so inclined.
Sufficient exercise is the
key to prevent this.
If you're a jogger or runner, this would be an ideal way to exercise your dog. While the Vizsla has
considerable stamina, be sure to break him in gradually to the pace and distance.
Vizslas also love to interact by playing games, so try to fit some fun time into their day.
Another good way to take advantage of this dog's strength and intelligence, would be to enroll him in a class for field trials. This will allow him to excel while using his natural abilities.
Although the Vizsla dog breed likes to stay close to his family and live inside, their athletic traits would be well suited to living in a rural setting with acreage where he has room to run and play.
Mind you, a rural home would need to have secure fencing.
Vizslas are affectionate and like to play. They would do best with older children who are more mature, have respect for pets and won't take advantage of the gentle nature of this breed.
Young children would likely be overwhelmed by the Vizsla's exuberance.
Adult supervision is always recommended in interactions involving children as would be the case with any breed of dog.
The exercise requirements and energy level of Vizsla dogs would not be the best fit for families that enjoy a more sedentary lifestyle.