Vizsla Dog Breed

The Vizsla, also known as Hungarian Pointer, is one of the oldest hunting breeds of dogs in the world. It originated in Hungary centuries ago where it was bred for great stamina and excellent scent ability and used to hunt game on the open plains. The Vizsla is a high-strung dog with a tremendous amount of energy. They are best suited for life in rural or suburban areas with a lot of space. Vizslas get along with children and other animals.

Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer

What Makes Vizsla So Special? Lively, intelligent, very affectionate and easily trained, Vizsla loves his family, including children. The dog is an outstanding game pointer and retriever. In Hungary, Vizsla was known also as "Yellow Pointer". The Vizsla has an great reputation mainly for his outstanding quality as hunters' companions. Vizslas need to be close to people and do not make good kennel dog. They cannot tolerate harsh treatment and usually take a long time to get over hurt feelings. Vizslas come in two varieties: smooth coat and wirehaired. The tough wiry coat of the wirehaired is of dark yellow color, about 1 1/4-1 3/4 inches in length. Tails can be docked or undocked. Vizslas also make excellent guide and therapy dogs. Because of his easy going nature and his adaptability, he can easily be kept as a companion dog in the house.

Country of Origin: Hungary

Utilization: Game pointer and retriever

Registration FCI Classification: Group 7 - Pointing Dogs; Continental Pointing Dogs (with working trial); AKC Classification: Sporting Group

Size: Medium (21-24 inches at shoulders)

Colors: AKC Standard: Solid golden rust in different shadings. White on the forechest, preferably as small as possible, and white on the toes are permissible. Solid white extending above the toes or white anywhere else on the dog except the forechest is a disqualification. FCI Standard: Various shades of russet gold and dark sandy gold (semmelgelb)

Litter Size: 7

Life Span: 10-12 years

Grooming Requirements: Minimal

Shedding: Little


Social skills: Gets along with other animals quite well.

Suitability for Children: Vizslas love children.

Exercise Needs: Very high. Vizslas need plenty of daily exercise (90 minutes daily would be ideal for this high energy dog).

Train Ability: Very easy to train, but needs gentle approach.

Health & Behavioral Issues: Vizsla seems to be a very hardy dog with only a few health disorders: hip dysplasia, sebaceous adenitis, corneal dystrophy and hemophilia.

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