Meet the Breed: The Vizsla

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Overview:

  • Height: 22"- 26”
  • Weight: 40-60 pounds
  • Historical function: Hunting
  • Modern function: Hunting, active companion
  • AKC classification: Sporting

Physical Characteristics:

The Vizsla is a medium-sized athletically-built dog with an appealing golden-rust colored coat. Although muscular and robust, the build is refined. The body is slightly longer than it is tall. The skull is slightly domed, moderately spaced between the ears with a medial line going down the forehead. The ears are silky, long, rounded and thin, hanging down close to the cheeks. The muzzle is deep and squared. The eyes and nose approximate the color of the coat. The tail is thick at the base and is customarily docked to 2/3 of the original length in the U.S. but has been outlawed in Europe. The coat is short, thick, tight fitting and lacks and undercoat. The coat comes in various shades of rusty gold. 

History of the Breed:

The Vizsla originates in Hungary where they were documented as early as the 10th Century. The breed was favored and selectively bred by noblemen and used for hunting with falcons. The word 'vizsla" means pointer. This breed nearly became extinct after the two World Wars.  

Temperament:

While suitable as a hunting companion, the Vizsla also has a reputation for being a wonderful family pet as well with their trainable, loving nature. They are very active, however, and must have daily exercise to prevent neurotic or destructive behaviors. May be a little too rambunctious for toddlers but makes an excellent companion for most children. 

  • Best suited for: Active families, joggers, hikers and hunters. Loves a good run in a safe open space. 
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog prefers having at least a moderate-sized yard that is safely fenced. Not suitable for an apartment. 

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy, self-cleaning coat does not smell. Sheds moderately. Brush with a firm bristle brush. Dry shampoo occasionally or bathe rarely with a mild shampoo. 
  • Exercise needs: Daily 2-mile walk or 1-mile run. This dog has enormous stamina. 
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to hip dysplasia. 

Breed Club Links: Vizsla Club of America, Inc.

BaxterBoo.com Perfect Pairings: Due to the single coat of this breed, a coat may be required in cold weather. We recommend our Ruffwear Fleece that seems to fit the Vizsla's body style. 

Have any stories about a Vizsla? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This entry was posted by Mary.
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