Vizsla overview- Owner Should Know

Vizsla Overview


Vizsla Information

Other NameHungarian Pointer, Magyar vizsla, Hungarian Vizsla
Build TypeMedium
Life Cycle13-15 years
CharacterGentle, Loving, Affectionate, Loyal, Energetic, Quiet, Calm
HeightMale: 22-27 inches
Female: 20-25 inches
WeightMale:40-80 pounds
Female: 40-76 pound
ColorGolden, Red, Rust, Golden Red, Rust Golden
Average price1000 US$


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Natural hunter Vizsla is not just satisfied to point the hunter for a prey, rather they are vigorous till retrieve it after hit. This breed is distinguished more for its nose sensitivity to smell scents at long distances. Additionally they are fearless, well behaved and intelligent with great care, affectionate to younger ones, respectful to elders and cheerful with co-workers at home. It would ensure harmony in house environment when Vizsla dogs are grown together with other pets. Eager to be involved in family yet protective and reserved, they possess some traits of watchdog.

Hunter companion and pointing dog Vizsla is short but fine coated medium sized, lightly build dog breed. They are not only recognized as bird pointing but to retrieve the dispatched quarries. Physique and mind correctly matches on-field requirements for hunting dog, to stay along the master for prolonged durations this dog possesses flexibility, strength and stamina with speed in right combinations. Keen look, sharp and sturdy body with golden rust colored coat sparkle its attraction in both at hunt and show ring. The stride is light, ground covering, flawless with graceful drive and reach, the overall expression is dignified, alert and amiable.

Vizsla is Hungarian origin dog initially accepted as gundog. The Magyar hordes are the native users of this breed which are judiciously credited for development of Vizsla breed. In a result of deep exploration, graved pictorials of 10th century had depicted a dog as a prominent companion that is much similar to Vizslas. This loyal companion sporting dog is believed to be the best all-rounder pointer as well as retriever dog. The breed spread across the world including USA after World War –II, the AKC has recognized the dog in 1960s and placed in the category of sporting dog breed. Apart from ancient application, the breed is more appreciated as a warm family companion at present.


The Vizsla dog breed is calm, firm and affectionate breed, well going with children, affordable with other canine at home but after socialization, challenging in housetraining due to its stubborn trait and self-sufficient. Younger kids would be at risk while in close vicinity due to its large size, supervising such events. Excellent runner needs extensive exercises to satisfy its physical and mental stimulation. They tend opt all destructive temperaments when left idle or moved away from family.

Minimal grooming is required, occasional brushing would prove enough. Short coat is merely a protection to weathers rather this breed would survive in warm climates living outside but needs shelter in cold seasons, keep them indoors, preferably with soft beds and warm clothing.

Smelling sensitivity would distract the dog to follow and chase, keep in close-fenced yard or leased when not on hunt, a wide yard is preferred to exercise activities. As a general rule, socialization of dog should be commenced 

from its puppyhood including familiarization to all possible pets inventory at home, society and surroundings. Training is only an issue of great concern which off-course resolvable with great affection, patience and commitment. Exercise authoritative control over dog to hold dominance.

Owner Should Know

  1. The Vizsla dog is slightly challenging and tough in training, committed and reward based training is always proven fruitful, never try violence and harsh dandling during housetrain rather it will spoil the dog.
  2. The Vizsla dogs shed minimal but round the year, occasional brushing to remove dead hairs is satisfying, the dog is naturally well groomed.
  3. Confined, cordoned and apartment living are not affordable for such energetic and lively breed. The dog needs a wider yard to exercise its activities.
  4. As a puppy, they tend to shy or timid, socialize them in early age, mostly love swimming thus retrieving over land and in waters is the second application.
  5. Although healthy breed still prone to hip dysplasia.


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