This Hungarian Pointer is the descendant of the hunting dogs used by the Magyars. The kings and warriors in the earlier times used to train Vizsla to hunt their favourite prey. Vizsla is also known to retrieve people who lost their way. The existence of Vizsla dates back to 10th century and the etchings found at the excavation sites of Hungary supports this fact. This dog breed worked as a messenger dog during World War I. The look and structure of Vizsla has changed over a period of time and the American Kennel Club recognized this breed in 1960.
Vizsla are little aggressive towards children below 6 years of age. Though stubborn, it likes to get trained under human supervision. Its learn ability, obedience and enthusiasm works in its favour in sports. It cannot be left alone as it can turn violent and start to bark. It needs to be socialized at an early age.
- Activity level: 4/5 (highly active)
- Intelligence level: 3.5/5 (quick learner and needs constant training)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (curious, but dignified)
- Friendliness: 2/5 (can be aggressive towards domestic pets and small children)
- Vocal: 4/5 (highly expressive while barking)
With a body longer than its height, the gentle looking Vizsla has an athletic appearance. Its short coat of fur coming in golden rust shades makes it look adorable. The Vizsla holds the tail horizontal to the ground and wags. Some Vizsla have the tail docked to two-third of its size which makes it unique and noticeable.
- Fur: The Vizsla has a short and smooth coat growing close to its body that comes in various shades of golden rust.
- Eyes: The eyes are medium sized and come in various shades of brown.
- Body structure: Vizsla has straight front legs and cat like feet. This dog can run, jog and swim fast owing to its body structure.
- Facial features: The skull is lean, muscular and wide between ears. The muzzle tapers from the nose downwards. The nose colour is in contrast to the coat. The Vizsla has long ears hanging close to its chin.
- Weight: Males weigh between 50 - 60 pounds while females weigh around 40 -55 pounds.
A Vizsla can inherit several diseases from its unhealthy parents. Diseases like hypothyroidism, dwarfism, PRA, cardiac problems, hip dysplasia and lymphosarcoma can attack a Vizsla pup easily. Genetic tests, CERF to check PRA, OFA tests for hip dysplasia, OFA thyroid screening etc. should be conducted periodically to identify the diseases to ensure its longevity as its average life span is only 10-14 years. Good food and ample exercise is also required to keep it pepped up.
The 25 inch tall Vizsla requires little grooming as it is an average shedder. It requires a weekly brushing of its fur. Its nails need to be trimmed twice a month. Brushing its teeth every alternate day and cleaning ears is also a good way to keep it hygienic. 3 to 4 cups of dry dog food divided into 2 portions is the ideal meal for Vizsla.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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