Vizsla

Vizsla
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Hungary
Group: Sporting, Gun Dog
Height: males 22-24 in., females 21-23 in.
Weight: males 45-60 lbs., females 40-55 lbs.
Life span: 11 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes, if socialized early
Good with other pets: yes, if socialized as pups

What are the origins of the Vizsla?

The Vizsla can trace its ancestry back more than 1,000 years to the hunting dogs of Magyar tribesmen living in Central Europe. It was a favorite with Hungarian noblemen who bred it with the best qualities of the pointer and the retriever. The Vizsla was saved from extinction after the two World Wars by caring people and arrived in the U.S. in 1950 where it soon became a popular breed.

What does the Vizsla look like?

The Vizsla is a medium sized, lean, muscular dog. Height is 21-24 inches tall and weight about 40-60 lbs. depending on gender. The long ears are pendant and round at the tip. The nose is brown and eye color blends with coat color. The tail is docked to 2/3 its length. The coat is short and smooth. Color is solid shades of golden rust, sometimes with a small white spot on the chest or white toes. The Vizsla’s coat needs weekly brushing and a bath every other month. Ears should be checked regularly.

What is the temperament of the Vizsla?

The Vizsla is a highly intelligent, sensitive dog that trains easily with a firm, but gentle hand. It needs early socialization with children and supervision with toddlers. It is a hunting dog and socialization with other pets needs to begin early. The Vizsla is a high energy dog and needs vigorous exercise and room to run to avoid getting into mischief. As an owner, you must be willing to spend time and energy with this dog. The Vizsla likes living indoors with the family, so keeping it outdoors in a kennel is not advisable.

What are the uses of the Vizsla?

Bred for hunting, the Vizsla still participates in the sport. Highly trainable, the Vizsla is an outstanding sporting dog. There are a very affectionate, loving addition to the family.

Possible Health Issues

Epilepsy, von Willebrand’s Disease, entropion, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, cancers

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