Vizsla Guide

Sporting Dog Breeds


Strong, driven, and biddable, Vizslas are treasured dogs both in the show ring and in the hunting field. This breed combines the best traits of pointers and hunters in a robust but lithe frame. While they're avid hunters, what Vizslas want most in the whole world is to be by your side as much as possible.

Originally from Hungary, this medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 45-65 pounds and lives an average of 10-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting group.


FAST FACTS
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Hunting
Origin: Hungary
Breed Group: Sporting
Average Lifespan: 10-14 years
Size: Large
Bark Factor: Moderate

AKC RANKING 45

FAMILY gundog, pointer, versatile hunting dog

AREA OF ORIGIN Hungary

DATE OF ORIGIN Middle Ages

ORIGINAL FUNCTION pointing, falconry, trailing

TODAY'S FUNCTION pointing, pointing field trials

AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 22-24 Weight: 45-65

AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 21-23 Weight: 45-65

OTHER NAME Hungarian vizsla, Magyar vizsla, Hungarian pointer, Drotszoru Magyar vizsla

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Energy level Medium energy

Exercise needs Medium

Playfullness Very playful

Affection level Very affectionate

Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly

Friendliness toward other pets Very friendly

Friendliness toward strangers Very friendly

Ease of training Moderately easy to train

Watchdog ability High

Protection ability Not very protective

Grooming needs Low maintenance

Cold tolerance Low tolerance

Heat tolerance Medium tolerance

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BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A VIZSLA'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Vizslas are SO EXCITED about everyone and everything. They are attentive, affectionate family members who are playful but gentle with children. That said, it's still always best to supervise any dog with children. This breed can be protective, but generally speaking is happy to meet strangers on two legs or four.

WHAT IS VIZSLA BEHAVIOR LIKE?

This is a very active breed. These dogs would love to be your daily running or jogging partners. Find some way to channel this dog's boundless energy or she will make her own fun. (Your Vizsla's idea of a good time might involve excavating your rose bushes and feasting on your couch. It'll be easier, cheaper, and way more fun to just take her running with you.)

Vizslas are a gentle breed. They make alert but calm housedogs as long as you make sure they've gotten enough exercise. Games are a great way to both stimulate their active minds and exhaust their busy bodies. Vizslas are particularly good at memory games.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A VIZSLA?

Vizslas are quick learners and people-pleasers; they're a biddable breed that responds well to training. They also lose their focus quickly, though, so keep training sessions short and fun. Be patient, gentle, and consistent with your furry friend. Reward good behaviors with affection, praise, and treats.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO VIZSLAS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Their short, sleek coats are relatively easy keepers. As such, Vizslas have very few grooming requirements. Plan for weekly brushings. They don't have much of a doggy odor, so bathe only as needed. This breed is an average, seasonal shedder.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO VIZSLAS HAVE?

As a breed, Vizlas are generally healthy. Some are susceptible to eye disease, autoimmune disorders, or hip dysplasia.
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IDEAL FAMILY

ARE VIZSLAS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?

The American Kennel Club doesn't list Vizslas among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.

Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after you've been playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, and so produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog as large as a Vizsla!

WHAT IS A VIZSLA'S BEST DAY?

Your Vizsla really just wants to be with you as much as caninely possible. Of course, as a natural-born hunter, she also would prefer that you be in motion — maybe running — as much as you possibly can be. Plan to take your pup with you on your morning run along the river, or for a hike in the woods before sunset. (Be sure to check for ticks after!)

SHOULD I ADOPT A VIZSLA?

Vizslas have way too many ants in their metaphorical pants to ever make good lap dogs. They're more comfortable in warm weather than in cold climates. If you want to bring a Vizsla home, you absolutely must have a well-fenced, traffic-free area for them to run off-leash every day. They make sweet, devoted, and gentle housemates so long as they get enough exercise — but keep in mind that “enough” exercise for a Vizsla is a lot. If you can keep up with her, though, this dog will take the fast track to your heart.

Have you decided that a Vizsla is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.

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