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Vizsla AKC Group: Sporting
Height: Male: 22 - 25 inches, Female: 21 - 24 inches
Weight: Male: 45 - 66 pounds, Female: 40 - 55 pounds
Colors: Solid golden rust; copper brown, russet gold, sandy gold
AKC recognized in: 1960

The Vizsla is a dog held in high esteem in Hungarian history. The earliest ancestors of the Vizsla were the favorite hunting dogs which the Magyars used during the 10th century. Magyar hunting tribes lived along the Carpathian Basin during this golden era. It was but natural for a Magyar hunter to be seen with his falcon on one hand and his Vizsla on the other.

Also referred to as "Yellow Pointers", these dogs are robust but lightly-built. Medium-sized and short-coated, they have that distinct bearing of a hunting dog. Purebreds are uniquely and attractively colored in solid golden rust.

In appearance, it closely resembles three breeds; the German Shorthair Pointer, Weimaraner, and Wirehaired Vizsla.

Greatly favored as hunting dogs and trusted companions, the Vizsla were preserved purebred for centuries by lords, barons, and other aristocrats. They were referred to in many writings, the earliest of which could have been recorded from the time of King Lajos or Louis the Great in 1357.

A survivor, the Vizsla made it through near extinction phases after the Turkish Occupation, the Hungarian Revolution, and the Russian Occupation. It has also survived the perils of World Wars I and II.

From the remaining dozen true-type progenitors sprung the Vizslas of today. They have spread from Hungary to Austria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Poland, and Italy, as well as the United States.


Vizsla Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance two paws
Ease of Training three paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements five paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals four paws
Friendliness: Other Pets four paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability three paws
Watchdog Ability three paws

A pointer and a retriever, it is in the Vizsla's blood to be a hunter of fowl and game. Therefore, expect it to have a good nose and be highly trainable. Lively and fearless in action, they are loyal and protective over their owners.

Sensitive and mild mannered, these gentle dogs are also very demonstrative about their affection. Once an elite sporting dog, it now holds the prestigious position of being home companion and family dog.

The Vizsla is a very high energy dog. It is also extremely demonstrative of its affection, so expect many face licks whenever she can!

Vizslas are generally easy to train, since they are highly intelligent and eager to please. They must be with their people though, so consider again if you have to leave her alone for long stretches, as she can become destructive during her lonliness.

Health and Exercise

The Vizsla has a life span of between 10 and 14 years.

While the Vizsla is generally a healthy dog, they are susceptable to certain health problems. These problems include:

  • Hip Dysplasia - Where the thigh bone does not fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to severe lameness or arthritis. A dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia should never be bred, as this is an inherited condition.
  • Hypothyroidism - a thyroid gland disorder causing it to produce an abnormally low level of hormones. This can lead to low energy levels and obesity. This can be treated with a daily medication.
  • Epilepsy - A disorder that can result in severe or mild seizures.

One of the main assets to a Vizsla is its beautiful coat. It is characterized as smooth, dense, and short without an underlying woolly coat. This lack of a protective undercoat means that you must keep your Vizsla indoors during low temperature days, except for exercise and daily walks.

A thorough brushing once a week should be all it takes to remove the minimum amount of shedding the Vizsla does. An occasional wipedown with a damp cloth will all but eliminate the need for a regular bath. In this case three or four times a year is all that is needed.

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