The Hungarian Vizsla Dogs

Description: The Hungarian vizsla dogs are also called Magyar pointers, and they are medium-sized dogs with a short, dense, close-lying golden rust coat. The tail is semi-docked on the back.

vizsla dog

This dog is a born hunter, robust, but rather elegant and affectionate. The breed claims to be the first documented sporting breed in the world, in a chronicle dating from 1235 to 1270.
Almost extinct after the Second World War, the lovers saved some exemplars and brought them to America and England, and the breed was revived.

Group: Sporting.

Physical characteristics:

Height: Dogs 22-24 inches (56-66 cm.). Bitches 20-23 inches (52-58 cm.)
Weight: Dogs 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg). Bitches 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
The short-haired is a little bit smaller than the wired haired. Variances less than 3 cm are permitted.

Temperament: The vizsla dogs are, by definition, sensitive family dogs. They thrive in a loving environment, specially if they can take part in all activities. Very affectionate, the Vizsla does not make a good guard dog because of its loving nature. In the field, it is a perfect hunting dog, picking up scents, retrieving and going wherever necessary fearlessly.

At home, even if boisterous sometimes, it becomes a gentle and well-mannered aristocrate, good with children, protective with its family. The vizsla dog can give lots of love, and requires lots, too. Unlike us, the dog displays its affection. It is also named the "velcro-dog", for its tendency to stay in close contact with the master, all the time, if possible. Many of them even sleep in bed if allowed.
Being active and loving to be challenged, the vizsla dogs are never fat. Unstimulated, they become destructive and start stealing food from the table. They just love water, and part of their daily exercise will be done in a pool wherever available.

Health: Generally a healthy breed, the Hunagrian vizsla can stand well both hot and cold weather and, being used to the water from an early age, it is very resistant.
They vizsla dogs might suffer from food allergies, skin conditions and they don’t stand well anesthesia during surgery.

Maintenance/Grooming: The Vizsla is an average shedder, easy to be groomed with a firm brush. It needs to be bathed if it is a hunting dog, otherwise a dry shampooing would do. The nails must be trimmed, to prevent limping.

Training: The hungarian vizsla is versatile, easy-going and very adaptable. They are family dogs and perform well within a family. Even if it is a tracking dog, when hunting it tends to stay near the master, not wandering and running around like the little terrier. Taking this into account, training is easy with an intelligent dog willing to show its affection.
Properly trained, it can be a therapy dog and, as well, a hearing/seeing eye dog.

Breeding, puppies: The litters are not large. Being a hunting dog, it is important to get the puppies used to water, to the car and to the noises of the forest or the field, otherwise they might become shy and non-daring as adults.

Varieties: The breed comes in two different coat types, smooth-haired and wired-haired, but the official standards consider the two breeds as separate.
By selective (or should I say non-selective) breeding there are some wooly-haired vizsla dogs. Sometimes, you can find this variety of long haired dogs in both smooth-coated and wired-coated Vizslas.

Famous dogs: Well, oddly enough, the most well-known Vizsla among Hungarians it is not a dog, but…a search engine. Its name is Altavizsla, named after its elder sister, Altavista.

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