- AKC recognized in 1960
- Lifespan: 12-14 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: High
- Recommended Crate Size: 42” dog crate*
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Vizsla is a symbolic dog of the Hungarian nation.
The ancestors of the breed are the hunting dogs belonging to the Magyar tribes around the 10th century. The people in the tribes hunt with their dogs and falcons.
The Vizsla has been endangered several times in the past. The first round was when they were overrun by other breeds, English Pointers, and German Shorthair Pointers. The second time was after World War II. Fortunately, their number rose back to prominence again in Hungary.
The Vizslas are bred for hunting. They are amazing at hunting fowl in all kinds of terrain such as fields, forests, and even water. You can expect them to be an excellent swimmer. In addition, they are also great as pointers and retrievers.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Vizsla in 1960.
These high energy dogs are known as affectionate, gentle, and loyal. They always love to follow their owners since they need to be with someone. That is not surprising because their hunting instinct requires them to be close with hunters. They will sit on your laps or serve as your foot warmer. This habit earns them another nickname as velcro dogs.
The Vizsla is quick to learn things and they are independent dogs. That means they have their own mind and can be stubborn at times. Hence, you need to train them patiently. And, you must not use any force or harsh methods to them as they are quite sensitive. Early socialization is very important. Otherwise, they can become very shy or extremely excited or easily startled.
The Vizsla is a medium-sized dog with a strong yet lightly-built body. They are lean dogs with such defined muscles.
Their physical characteristics often make some people mistaken them for other breeds like Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Redbone Coonhounds, and Weimaraners.
The height of male the Vizsla is 22-24 inches with a weight of 55-60 pounds. Females have a height of about 21-23 inches with a weight of 44-55 pounds.
Their coat is short, smooth, and dense. The standard color of its coat is solid golden-rust in various shades. Some breedings have a solid rust coat.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
The coat of Vizslas sheds throughout the year. However, they only require weekly grooming with the occassional bath to keep them looking great.
For your information, this breed is very clean and has little to no odor at all. That’s because they often clean themselves like cats.
The Vizslas are very energetic. You need to provide them exercises like jogging, playing fetch, and doing dog sports. You must do it every day for approximately 40-60 minutes a day.
Pet Crates Direct recommends a 42” dog crate* for most adult Vizslas.
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