ABOUT THE BREED
The Vizsla's ancestors were hunters and companions for the Magyar, a nomadic tribe that eventually settled in what is now known as Hungary. He is believed to be descended from the ancient Transylvanian Hound and the now-extinct Turkish yellow dog. Later, the German Shorthaired Pointer and Pointer were added. The Vizsla is most associated with the Puszta region in Hungary, a central area with diverse agriculture and a variety of game. Life in this vast terrain helped to create a dog with a superior nose and hunting ability suited to all weather extremes.
The breed suffered greatly after World War II, almost becoming extinct. Owning a Vizsla was considered a bastion of aristocracy, something that was not favored by the Russians who took control of Hungary after the war. Much of the modern breed is based on dogs taken out of the country by owners who emigrated to other areas in Europe and abroad.
When the Vizsla arrived in the United States during the 1950s, hunters were impressed with his hunting prowess, particularly his stamina in hot weather. An all-rounder, he searched diligently, not ranging too far, marking and retrieving from land and water. Paired with his friendly disposition, he was easy to keep as a family companion, too
The Vizsla is a muscular dog with incredible stamina and endurance. They are a medium-sized dog, with males standing 22 to 24 inches at the shoulder, females 21 to 23 inches. The weight range for the breed is 45 to 65 pounds, with the females being smaller.
The Vizsla has appropriately been nickname as the ‘Velcro dog’. While most dogs are generally affectionate, they get extremely attached to their human. The Vizsla is a loving dog who’s family friendly and tolerant with children and other pets.
Like every dog, Vizslas need early socialization. Exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences, when they are young. Socialization helps ensure that your puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.
Vizslas are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Their lifespans can range from 11 to 15 years. Not all Vizslas will get any or all of these diseases, but it is important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed.
Canine Hip Dysplasia
Progressice Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Exercise, exercise, and exercise! Vizslas are lively, athletic dogs who thrive on exercise. Without regular opportunities to hunt, they require several vigorous walks a day. They make great jogging or biking companions. While these puppies are sweet, they can be very destructive and hard to handle if they do not get to let some of that energy out.
While the people-oriented Vizsla needs a yard to play in, they should live in your home with you, not outside.