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Vizsla Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Vizsla so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Vizsla have? The dog breed also known as...
Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Short-Haired Pointer, Rövidszőrű Magyar Vizsla
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group
Is Vizsla recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Vizsla recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Vizsla breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
How much does the Vizsla puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Vizsla price:
If you choose to purchase the Vizsla, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Vizsla for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Vizsla gets to a happy place.

Vizsla History

The Vizsla can trace its history back to the 1000s, to Hungary in the Central part of Europe. The first finding of the Vizsla was a stone etching showing a smooth-coated dog accompanying a Magyar huntsman from the 10th century. There have been multiple records from the 1300s describing dogs very similar to the Vizsla from Hungarian nomadic tribes. It is believed that these nomadic tribes introduced the breed to the region, to the Carpathian Basin. Another early finding is a chapter on falconry, in a manuscript originating from the 14th century, which depicts a Vizsla-like dog while hunting.

The Vizsla became more and more highly esteemed and valued as time marched forward. First, the Hungarian aristocracy cherished the breed as their hunting companion for the dogs’ excellent hunting and retrieving capabilities and for their outstanding intelligence. By the mid-1800s, the breed has proven itself to be a reliable and effective multi-purpose gundog. At that time, the breed also competed really successfully in pointing competitions in Hungary earning themselves respect and more fanciers. By the end of the 19th century, the Vizsla was recognized as a distinct breed, with excellent scenting abilities. The breed was able to work effectively individually, or in packs with their masters, which made them very popular and sought-after by most of the hunters.

The Vizsla’s planned breeding started at the beginning of the 20th century, in 1920. During the 1930s, the pure-bred Vizsla was cross-bred with the German Wire Haired Pointers, in order to create another breed. Breeders intended to develop a breed that was better suited to cold climates and working in the water with a thicker coat while keeping all the excellent and desirable characteristics of the Vizsla. Thus, the Wire Haired Vizsla was born, which is now accepted and registered as a distinct breed. After the First World War, the breed suffered a blow to numbers. According to the documents, there only were a dozen specimens left in the Austro-Hungarian Empire at that time. Moreover, unfortunately, followed by the ravages of the Second World War, the Vizsla was got to the edge of extinction. Thanks to the breed’s community, they managed to revitalize and preserve the breed. Later, in the early 1950s, the breed was smuggled out of Hungary and was exported to the United States of America, with the help of a U.S. State Department employee. The breed quickly made into the American hunters’ hearts, thus four years later, in 1954 the Vizsla Club of America was founded. In 1960, the AKC (American Kennel Club) gave the breed their recognition. In 2010 a Vizsla named Charity to become the first dog in the AKC’s history to win the championship in five different sports, which proves how versatile this breed really is.

The Vizsla’s exterior appearance was slightly changed over the centuries, from having longer muzzles and a bonier skull to a more hound-like look, with longer ears. Hungarian nobles and breeders worked on refining and perfecting the breed and set the type of the modern Vizsla. The breed is now more popular than ever both among the hunting community and among the ordinary men who keep the breed as family companions. The Vizsla is also employed as a rescue and search dog, as seeing-eye dogs, and as sniffers. After 9/11 happened in New York City, Vizslas were brought to Ground Zero, to the scene and to help in the search and rescue of victims. The breed is also represented in pop-culture, there is even a whole Hungarian cartoon show based on the life of Frakk the Vizsla, The Nightmare of Cats.

Vizsla General Appearance

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Vizsla size:
How much does the Vizsla weigh? Vizsla weight:
Male: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Vizsla? Vizsla average weight:
Male: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
How tall is the Vizsla? Vizsla height:
Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Vizsla average height:
Male: 24 inches (61 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Vizsla Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Vizsla have? What does this canine coat look like?
FineDenseHardCoarseShortNo Undercoat
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Vizsla's coat?
GoldenRustRusset GoldDark Sandy Gold
How to groom the Vizsla and how often?
Effortless: The Vizsla requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Vizsla is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Vizsla dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Hungarian Vizsla? Vizsla shedding level:
Vizslas shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Vizsla Characteristics

What kind of personality does the Vizsla have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateEnergeticIntelligentProtectiveCheerfulGentlePlayfulQuietEasygoingCompanionableLivelyFriendlyEvenly TemperedTrainableWilling
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Vizsla? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Vizsla is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Are Vizsla dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Vizslas are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
The Vizsla is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Vizsla sensitivity:
Vizslas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Vizslas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Hungarian Vizsla need? Vizsla social needs:
Vizslas are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Vizsla dogs bark a lot? Why does my Magyar Vizsla bark?
Average: The Vizsla barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Vizsla good as a watchdog?
Vizslas are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Do Vizsla dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Vizslas are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Vizsla bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Hungarian Vizsla? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Vizsla? Why do dog bites happen?
The Vizsla has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Vizsla do?
Vizslas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Vizslas need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Vizsla to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Vizsla roam?
Vizslas have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Vizsla have high prey drive?
Vizslas have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Vizsla good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Vizslas are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Vizslas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Vizslas do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Vizsla dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Vizsla Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Vizslas are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Vizsla dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Vizsla and children:
Vizslas are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Vizsla dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Vizslas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Vizsla good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Vizsla dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Vizslas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Vizslas good office dogs? Do Vizslas make good office friendly dogs? Can Vizslas be office dogs?
Vizsla is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Vizsla dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Hungarian Vizsla temperament with senior people? Are Vizsla dogs good for elderly owners?
Vizslas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Vizsla dogs get along with other pets? Are Vizsla dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Vizslas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Vizsla breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Vizslas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Vizsla be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Vizsla is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Vizsla be a therapy dog?
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Vizsla breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Vizsla be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Vizsla is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Vizsla be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Vizsla is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Vizsla be a boat dog?
Vizsla breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Vizsla be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Vizsla is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Vizsla Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Vizsla dogs have health problems?
The Vizsla is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Vizsla breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Vizsla breed? Health risks of Vizsla:
CancerEpilepsyHip DysplasiaSebaceous Adenitis
Life Expectancy
How long do Vizsla dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Vizsla be?
10-14 years
Is the Vizsla breed hypoallergenic?
Vizslas don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Vizsla have?
Vizslas are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Vizsla dogs require per day?
Vizslas need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Vizslas don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Vizsla need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Vizsla risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Vizsla has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Vizsla's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Vizsla has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Vizsla drool?
The Vizsla is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Vizsla could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Vizsla. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Vizsla Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Vizsla: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Vizsla have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Vizsla have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppiesIf you want to contact a reputed breeder, here are our suggestions: Odorarius Kennel and Luxatori Kennel.

Vizsla Pros & Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Vizsla is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Vizslas are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Vizsla requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Vizsla is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Adaptability: Vizslas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Vizslas are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Vizslas are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Boat Dog: Vizsla breed usually likes being on a boat.
  • Hypoallergenic: Vizslas don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Vizslas are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Mouthiness: Vizslas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Vizslas have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Vizslas do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Vizsla is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Vizslas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Vizsla Comments, Reviews & Questions

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  • Danny

    Nov 3, 2020, 11:56:26 PM:

    I have a vizsla and have been around many vizslas. I have to disagree with some of it. Vizslas are VERY affectionate towards dogs and people. I don't know what they were thinking with giving that 3 stars.

  • Bonnie

    Jul 10, 2019, 7:53:42 AM:

    Thank you :)