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The Vizsla is a handsome, medium sized,
muscular and lean hunting dog with a short
golden rust coat. The breed originated in
Hungary and the earliest known references
are found in art work dating from the tenth
century. Vizslas were only owned by nobleman
who apparently were committed to keeping
this breed pure. These efficient dogs were
used for many purposes which included pointing
and retrieving as well as hunting small
and large game.
The number of Vizslas like so many other
breeds suffered greatly during World War
II. There were never many Vizlsas to begin
with because they were limited only to aristocracy,
however, enough were smuggled out of Hungary
to save the breed. Vizlas were brought to
the United States in the 1950s and were
used as bird dogs. Today these gentle natured
dogs are best known as a wonderful family
pet or companion. The Vizsla was recognized
by the American Kennel Club in the Sporting
Group in 1960.
The height of a Vizsla when measured the
shoulder is between 21 - 24 inches (53 -
61 cm). Females are slightly shorter than
The weight for a Vizsla can range between
45 - 60 pounds (21 -27 kg). Females weigh
slightly less than males.
Type: Vizsla's have short,
wiry coat. Grooming of the coat is easy
- all that's needed to keep it in good condition
is an occasional brushing and bath. The
Vizsla is a light shedder and its coat has
very little odor.
The color of the Vizsla's
coat can be different shades of golden rust.
Vizlas are very sweet natured, gentle and
affectionate. They're smart and do very
well with training. Vizlas are eager to
please, but they are also sensitive, therefore
harsh training methods should never be used.
Both training and socialization are necessary
and should start at a young age. Vizlas
thrive on human companionship and should
never be left alone for long periods of
time. They are nicknamed Velcro Dogs for
a reason - they want to be with you and
will follow you everywhere you go. Vizlsas
have a ton of energy and need daily exercise.
Running, long walks and playing fetch are
all great for your Vizsla's physical and
mental well being. If this breed is not
sufficiently exercised every day, they will
become bored and find other and often destructive
ways keep busy.
Concerns: Vizlsas are generally
healthy, but are prone hip dysplasia. Other
less common health issues: epilepsy, hemophilia,
tail abnormalities, and Von Willebrand's
disease. The average life span of a Vizsla
is 12 to 15 years.
• Vizlsa means pointer in Hungarian.
• Vizlsas have excellent vision and
an extremely keen nose.
• Vizlsa dogs are nicknamed Velcro
Dogs because they become so attached to
their owner and always want to be with them.
AKC: Sporting Group
ANKC: Gundogs Group 3
CKC: Sporting Dogs Group 1
FCI: Group 7 Section 1 Continental Pointing
UKC: Gun Dogs