Breed Rating (2 Reviews)
This breed comes from Hungary, where it was used as a hunting dog. They are excellent at tracking and pointing games for guns. They also have retrieving capabilities. Due to their slightly smaller, slimmer frame, they cover the undergrowth well at surprising speeds. They love to swim. After World War 2, the breed began to spread across the world and soon became a popular pet and working dog. They were called either the Vizsla or the Hungaraian Pointer.
The Vizsla was bred to hunt alongside their owners, and as a result love to be around people. They don’t fare all too well if left alone for long periods of time. They are an easy going and gentle breed, sometimes even timid. They are affectionate to the extreme, even being given the nickname “velcro dog” as they stick to you and seemingly never want to leave your side. They make for good pets and they get along well with children, other pets and even strangers.
This is a very active breed that will require a good amount of exercise each day. A quick walk on a lead will not be enough for them. They need the chance to run around, they’ll gladly spend all day running around if you give them half a chance. Recall needs to be trained as they can sometimes wander off in search of game. They can be sensitive to harsh words and a positive, kind approach to training is needed. Physical affection works very well with this breed. They are well suited for active families and make for a good jogging partner.
It takes a long time for this breed to mature, usually 3-4 years. They have a short coat that needs regular brushing to remove any loose/dead hairs. Despite having a slight build, Vizslas are muscular and lean. They need more exercise than most breeds to keep them both physically and mentally stimulated.
Vizslas are loving and playful dogs. They have heaps of energy and will need the chance to burn it all off. Incredibly loyal and affectionate, this breed is bound to make the perfect companion for any owner/family.
Possible health problems include canine hip dysplasia (CHD), elbow dysplasi, epilepsy, cancer, progressive retinal atrophy (degeneration of the retina which can lead to blindness), eyelid problems, cataracts, glaucoma, bloat, allergies and blood clotting disease.
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 10 - 14 years
- Weight: 40 - 66 lbs
- Height: 21 - 24"
- Rare: No
- Coat: Short
- Grooming Requirements: Once a week
- Town or Country: Country
- Minimum Home Size: Large House
- Minimum Garden Size: Large Garden
- Breed Type: Gun Dog
- Size: Large
- Energy Level: High
- Exercise Required: Over 2 hours