Vizsla Dog Breed

The Vizsla is very social in nature and loves human companionship. The breed is full of energy, warm, sensitive and gentle.
By: PawCulture Editors
Vizsla Dog Breed

About This Breed

The Vizsla, occasionally referred to as the Hungarian Pointer or the Hungarie Vizsla, is a hunting dog originating from Central Europe. Sleek and slim yet muscular in appearance, this dog requires plenty of physical exercise and human affection.

Physical Characteristics

The Vizsla has certain physical characteristics that distinguish it from other dogs, such as its lightweight and muscular body and its coat color. The Vizsla covers ground stealthily and elegantly; its gait, meanwhile, is quick, enabling the dog to run and at very high speeds.

COLOR(S)

The breed is a golden-rust color.

COAT

Short and smooth. 

Personality and Temperament

ACTIVITY LEVEL

High

POSITIVES

The Vizsla is social in nature and loves human companionship. Most are full of energy, warm, sensitive, and gentle. 

THINGS TO CONSIDER

The Vizsla loves spending time outdoors and its temperament may vary. You are just as likely to see a timid Vizsla as an over-active or stubborn one. The breed also loves hunting birds and has an innate instinct to target them. 

Care

IDEAL LIVING CONDITIONS

Although the breed can survive outdoors in temperate weather, the Vizsla should be kept inside when it is frigid outside. It needs a soft bed to sleep and rest upon at the end of the day, but beware: a lack of exercise can cause a Vizsla to become restless. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

The occasional combing is enough to free this dog of its dead hair. 

Health

The Vizsla, which has a lifespan of 10 to 14 years, may suffer from hypothyroidism, dwarfism, persistent right aortic arch, tricuspid valve dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). It is also prone to minor health concerns like canine hip dysplasia, or major issues such as epilepsy. To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may run hip and thyroid tests on the dog.

History and Background

Many experts believe the Vizsla descended from the hunting and companion dogs of the Magyars, a people that settled what is now Hungary more than a thousand years ago. These hunters were in search of a breed capable of pointing out game and retrieving them in thick bushes.  

By the mid-1700s, the Vizsla earned the respect of the warlords and business elite. And though the breed did see a decline in numbers by the end of the 1800s century, it did see a resurgence of popularity in the 20th century. The Vizsla would finally receive official recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1960. Today the breed is not only popular as a hunting dog, but as a show-dog and pet, too.  

Vizsla dogs earned wide recognition among the warlords and business class by the mid 1700s. They faced a great deal of decline by the end of the nineteenth century, but fortunately, proper breeding helped to revive their numbers.