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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OriginHungary flagHungary
Other Names
What other names does the Vizsla have?
Hungarian PointerHungarian Short-Haired PointerMagyar VizslaRövidszőrű Magyar VizslaHungarian Vizsla
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Vizsla Price and Availability

Price
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? How much money is a Vizsla?
$800-$1200
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.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Vizsla? How many Vizsla are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Vizsla is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Vizsla Size

Size
Is a Vizsla small, medium or large dog?

How big do Vizsla get?

Large
Weight
How much does the Vizsla weigh? How much should the Vizsla breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Vizsla?
Male: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Vizsla?
Male: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Vizsla? Vizsla height:
Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Vizsla?
Male: 24 inches (61 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Vizsla Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Vizsla have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FineDenseHardCoarseShortNo Undercoat
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Vizsla's coat?
GoldenRustRusset GoldDark Sandy Gold
Grooming
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 Pointer?
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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Vizsla need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Vizsla every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Vizsla Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Vizsla have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateEnergeticIntelligentProtectiveCheerfulGentlePlayfulQuietEasygoingCompanionableLivelyFriendlyEvenly TemperedTrainableWilling
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Vizsla? Is the Vizsla breed dumb or smart?
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 the first command 85% of the time or better.

The Vizsla is one of the top breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.

Trainability
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.
Playfulness
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:
Sensitive: Vizslas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Vizsla a good family dog?
High: 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 are considered 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 Pointer 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.
Barking
Do Vizsla dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Hungarian Pointer 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 the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Vizsla good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Vizslas are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Vizsla dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
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 its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Vizsla bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Hungarian Pointer? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Vizsla? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

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.)
Bite Force
Does the Vizsla has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Vizsla? How much bite force does a Vizsla have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Vizsla bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Vizsla, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
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?
It is not recommended to keep the Vizsla breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Vizsla indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
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
How long can a Vizsla be 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.

Vizsla Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Vizsla temperament with other people:
Vizslas are average friendly towards strangers.
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.
Child Friendly
Are Vizsla dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Vizsla temperament with 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? Can they be good with cats? Can the Vizsla breed live with a cat?
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?
Vizslas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Vizsla breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Vizsla breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Vizslas are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Vizslas good office dogs? Do Vizslas make good office friendly dogs? Can Vizslas be office dogs?
No
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 Pointer temperament with senior people? Are Vizsla dogs good for elderly owners?
Vizslas are usually recommended for elderly people.

Vizsla Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Vizsla dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Vizsla is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Vizsla breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Vizsla breed? Most common health risks of Vizsla:
CancerEpilepsyHip DysplasiaSebaceous Adenitis
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Vizsla breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Vizsla see the vet?
Average
The Vizsla should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Vizsla dogs live? How old can a Vizsla be? What is the age limit of the Vizsla? How many years can the oldest Vizsla live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Vizsla?

10-14 years
The average lifespan of Vizsla: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Vizsla breed hypoallergenic?
No
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? What is the activity level of the Vizsla?
Vizslas are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Vizsla 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 the Vizsla breed 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.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Vizsla need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Vizsla breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Vizsla? How much food should I feed my Vizsla?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
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 and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

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 of a 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 minimum 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 As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Vizsla be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Vizsla be an emotional support animal?

Yes

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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Vizsla is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Vizsla be a boat dog?

Yes

Vizsla breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Vizsla dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Vizsla Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Vizsla pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Vizsla breed is pregnant?

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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Vizsla breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Vizsla have? How many puppies can a Vizsla give birth to?
6-8 puppiesIf you want to contact a reputed breeder, here are our suggestions: Odorarius Kennel and Luxatori Kennel.

Vizsla Recognition

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

Vizsla Pros and Cons

Pros
  • 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 of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Vizsla has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • 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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Vizslas are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Vizsla breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Vizslas don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Vizsla breed in the home.
  • 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.

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.

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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 :)