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The Vizsla is an energetic sporting breed and is a good family dog. This native of Hungary is highly responsive but can be an independent thinker.

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Physical Characteristics
  • Medium build
  • Coat: Short, smooth hair
  • Coloring of a rusty-gold
  • Pendant ears
  • Self-colored nose
  • Rust-colored eyes
  • Height: 21-24 inches
  • Weight: 45-65 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 13-15 years
  • Energetic, affectionate, alert, responsive, loyal
  • Interaction with people: Good with mature children; good companion dog; protective of family
  • Interaction with animals: Good with other dogs and family cats, but not other small pets
  • Training: Intelligent and sensitive but independent. Responds best to gentle but firm training.
Medical Conditions
  • Cancers (including lymphoma)
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Ophthalmic disorders (including progressive retinal atrophy and entropion)
  • Sebaceous adentitis (skin disorder)
  • von Willebrand's Disease (blood disorder)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • Not recommended for apartments
  • Needs a fenced and secure yard
  • Needs long daily walks or jogs
  • Needs plenty of opportunity to run off leash in a safe area with close supervision
  • Easy to groom
  • Average shedder
  • Brush with firm-bristle brush
Other Facts
  • "Vizsla" means "pointer" in Hungarian
  • Also called the Hungarian pointer
  • After World War II, when the Russians took over Hungary, they viewed the Vizsla as a symbol of the aristocracy
  • In response to the Russians and in an effort to save as many dogs as possible, Vizlas were smuggled into other European countries and the U.S.
Breed History
  • Originated in the Middle Ages in Hungary
  • Likely originated from the Transylvanian hound and the Turkish yellow dog
  • Bred for hunting
  • Breed was almost extinct after World War II
  • Aristocrats in Hungary owned the breed
  • Brought to the U.S. in the1950s
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Vizsla Club of America For breed rescue opportunities, visit VCA Rescue
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