Vizsla

45-55 lbs
21-23"
Hungary
Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Drotszoru Magyar Vizsla

The Vizsla originated in Hungary and was used in falconry. Falconry involves training birds of prey for hunting purposes. The Vizsla hunted with the bird of prey to help capture birds, rabbits and other small mammals. There are writings dating back to the Middle ages which document falconry and the Vizsla. The breed is muscular, medium in size and has a beautiful rust colored coat which is a single coat with a slick-like appearance.  The Vizsla is a high energy breed, enjoying exercise and activities with his owners.  The Vizsla Club of America recommends a minimum of 45 to 60 minutes of vigorous daily exercise. The Vizsla requires very little grooming.  Occasionally, he should be brushed with a bristle brush. The Vizsla should only be bathed when needed.

Purpose
pointing, falconry, trailing
Date of Origin
middle Ages
Ancestry
turkish yellow dog, transylvanian hound, weimaraner

Vizsla Health

Sketch of Vizsla
Average Size
Male Vizsla size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 55-60 lbs
Female Vizsla size stats
Height: 21-23 inches Weight: 45-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lymphoma
  • Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Bacterial and Viral Infections
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Heart
  • Thyroid Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests

Vizsla Breed History

 The name Vizsla is Hungarian for pointer.  The Vizsla was the hunting dog of the nomadic Magyar tribe which lived during the 10th century. Ancient writings and primitive stone etchings confirm the Magyar hunted with falcons and the Vizsla. The Vizsla’s ancestors are believed to include the Transylvanian Hound and the Turkish Yellow Dog, which are both extinct breeds. The Vizsla breed was a companion and hunting dog to the nobles and aristocrats of Hungary.  They were not available to the “common” people. When the use of guns became more popular, the Vizsla was used more as a retriever. The breed was almost extinct after World War II. The Vizsla was associated with the aristocrats and nobles of Hungary.  Therefore, when the Soviet army took control of Hungary, there was the fear that the breed would be all killed. To help save the breed some individuals smuggled the Vizsla out of Hungary into other European countries. The Vizsla came to North America in 1950. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1960. A Vizsla named Pete was part of the search-and-rescue teams after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York. Pete received the first Vizsla AKC Award for Canine Excellence for his rescue work. Vizslas are wonderful family pets and they also make excellent therapy dogs, service dogs and search-and-rescue dogs. They have acquired the nickname "Velcro Vizsla" because they are loving and literally attached to their owners.

Vizsla Breed Appearance

The Vizsla has a noble appearance and is a well proportioned dog. His rust colored coat is short, smooth and dense.  The Vizsla has no undercoat and should not be left outside during the winter months. His skin is tight fitting without folds. The breed is lean with defined and strong muscles. They are an athletic medium-sized dog. The head of the Vizsla has a chiseled look. The muzzle is long and square-shaped with a brown nose and strong jaws. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. His lips are tight fitting with no flews (pendulous flaps). The eyes of the Vizsla are brown, alert and very expressive. The ears are large, pendant in shape and hang down on the side of his face. The tail is usually docked to 2/3 length.  Their paws are rounded, thick and webbed. The typical gait of a Vizsla is elegant with a light-footed trot.

Appearance of Vizsla
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Vizsla eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
brown Vizsla nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Vizsla coat
Fawn
red Vizsla coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Vizsla straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Vizsla Breed Maintenance

Vizslas are very easy to groom; weekly brushing is sufficient. The Vizsla lacks an undercoat and sheds very little. This makes him a hypoallergenic breed. With no undercoat, he may need to wear a coat on winter walks and should not be left outside. Bathing is only necessary if they get dirty or muddy. The pendant ears should be check weekly for wax build-up, mites or redness.  The ears should also be cleaned regularly with a veterinarian approved ear wash. His teeth should be brushed at least once per week to help prevent tartar buildup and gingivitis. Nails should be clipped monthly. The Vizsla is a very high energy dog and needs daily exercise. Dogs that are active need a high-grade, nutritious dog food. The first ingredient on the label should be a meat, not a grain or byproduct. Many Vizsla breeders recommend a raw diet and instead of one large meal the Vizsla should be fed twice a day. The Vizsla does better in a house which has a yard to run and play in. They thrive being close to people; therefore, he should not be housed outside.

Brushes for Vizsla
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Vizsla requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Vizsla Temperament

The Vizsla is called the "Velcro" dog because he literally attaches himself to people. Even though he is medium in size he loves being a lap dog. He is also an athlete that enjoys daily exercise and fun activities such as hiking, runs, swimming, flyball, tracking and hunt tests. Because of their robust energy, they do better with older children. Unfortunately, if the Vizsla does not get daily exercise, behavior problems may occur (biting on furniture, scratching at doors, excessive barking).  Vizslas are affectionate and intelligent but they can also be stubborn and shy.  Puppies should be socialized early with people, children and other dogs. Like all puppies, the Vizsla breed when small, loves to chew on things, so they will need plenty of toys. Vizslas are very vocal, and will whine, grunt, moan and bark to let you know how they are feeling.  Because they have a sensitive temperament they do not do well with harsh commands. They thrive with positive reinforcement training. The Vizsla is a wonderful dog for an active family that enjoys partaking in energetic, fun activities during the day and relaxing with a lap dog in the evenings.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Vizsla Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Vizsla Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Vizsla at six months
Male Vizsla size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female Vizsla size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Vizsla at 12 months
Male Vizsla size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Vizsla size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 35 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Vizsla at 18 months
Male Vizsla size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 57 lbs
Female Vizsla size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 50 lbs

Vizsla Owner Experiences

Amor
8 Years
3 People
House & Yard
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He enjoys long walks. He loves playing and catching a ball. He is calm and friendly. He is never agressive.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
4 Years
People
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casual walking
marking territory
sniffing out treats
communicating with walkers
I have worked with one Vizsla. They are a breed one commonly crosses paths with, but beyond those types of interactions I never really knew much about them, or how to pronounce the name of their breed anyway. My limited interactions have proven to be a great introduction to the breed. They look and behave quite similarly to Labradors: they are also just as suited for human companionship and city life. They are very calm and their positive attitude is contagious. They like to sniff around like other dogs, but this one showcased an ever-ready sensitivity to sound, which I have seen bypassed in most Labradors. The Vizsla is independent, astute but not aloof. They are one of many breeds who prefer to chime in and dictate the pattern/pathway of a walk, to customize it for their comfortability. They are excited to be out and about but if they cross a familiar path, they will use it to their advantage, most likely to form a short cut to the way home. This particular Vizsla I have in mind would sit on her own, either to let me know her walks didn't usually go in a certain direction or simply to allow herself time to adjust to the ever changing sounds of the city. They are quite articulate under pressure (of sounds, of temperature) and this showcases their commonly high intelligence. They make for truly wonderful companions.
10 months ago
4 Years
People
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Running
Fetching
Viszlas are very friendly dogs and range from mild-mannered to hyperactive. They need lots of exorcise and love running and fetching as they are hunting dogs. The Viszlas I have cared for are extremely loving dogs and love nothing more than to cuddle and get belly rubs. One demanded I hold it like a baby. Sometimes they can be real clowns and make funny noises. Viszlas have real personality and can definitely be your best friend as long as you give them lots of walks though they would prefer to run with you.
10 months ago
8 Months
People
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Pastimes
Playing chase
Sniffing
Running
Jumping
power walking
The vizsla I walk is a sweetie, and SO energetic. He’s a little high maintenance, but he is still a puppy! He needs a little training because he has so much energy and hasn’t harnessed it yet (pun intended). He’s a little difficult to get undger control when he knows he’s going for a walk! He’s so friendly though and wouldn’t hurt a fly. It’s great to walk him because I get an hour long power walk in!
10 months ago
15 Weeks
People
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Running
Ball chasing
Cuddling
chewing
kissing
The vizsla I have walked is very young. I was his first wag walker and he warmed up to me pretty quickly. He was just 10 weeks old the first time I walked him. Due to him just leaving his litter mates his mom was worried about separation anxiety. He hadn’t made a mess when I arrived and he peed and pooped while we played. He loved playing tug and chasing his tennis balls and chewing my fingers. He was so soft and cuddly and gave me lots of kisses. When I left he bowed as I much and did not want me to leave. I finally did and I felt so bad. The second time I walked him was about 3-4 weeks later and he had grown so much. He didn’t recognize me at first but then after a moment realized who I was and we got to playing right away. He again didn’t want me to leave bad I hated leaving but I enjoyed our time playing ball chase and cuddling. He is a sweet pup and I hope I get to walk him once more.
10 months ago
1 Year
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I have only had the opportunity to walk one Vizsla breed of dog throughout my time at wag, but it was an unforgettable walk! From the moment I walked into the owner’s home, the Vizsla was extremely friendly, inviting, and genuinely excited to see me and go for a nice long walk! The Vizsla was trained well to put on her leash and wait patiently before going on her walk. As with many other dog breeds, the Vizsla was very responsive to most commands and was obedient if there was a treat in front of her. While on her walk, the Vizsla did tend to pull a good deal of the time. Because of their build, the Vizsla was a very strong dog, so the pull was somewhat difficult to handle at first. The Vizsla was very high energy and wanted to walk very quickly. In between fast walking, I tried to run a bit with the pup because she loved the exercise and that way she would not pull as much if we were only walking. The Vizsla I walked was only about a year old; therefore she was full of energy and still learning right from wrong behaviors. This particular Vizsla was very sly when we crossed paths with any food particles on the ground; she was quick to eat anything edible in sight, so I had to keep a very close eye on her. Although she had some unbroken tendencies, this breed of dog was so loving and loyal. I felt very protected while I was walking with the Vizsla. Additionally, the pup received multiple compliments on how beautiful she and her coat was. The Vizsla has a very short coat that does not require as much maintenance as other dog breeds; therefore, her coat was nice and shiny. During our walk, the Vizsla encountered other dogs that were walking with their owners. The Vizsla was not aggressive towards the dogs, but would pull tremendously to go near them because she was excited and wanted to make friends! Vizslas are quite friendly to humans and their doggy counterparts alike! If one is considering buying a Vizsla pup, they must be sure they are able to provide the love and needed exercise and attention that the Vizsla craves and needs. Without such stimulation, some Vizslas may become restless and destructive. With proper care and attention, Vizslas are loving, energetic, and loyal companions that are fit for most families!
10 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Running
Kisses
Jumping
Belly rubs
Very good experience right off the bat super friendly wanted to jump up to say hi and give kisses, super energtic. Once outside wanted to smell everything and run around lol had a ton of energy accompanied by a really playful demeanor! Not aggressive toward other dogs but small animals did catch his eye
10 months ago
4 Days
People
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Play
cuddle
Explore the city
Vizslas are velcro dogs and love keeping close and cuddling with you. They also have tons of energy and need to explore everything. Vizslas do best when their given a job i.e. fetching a ball or guiding a walk. Ultimately they're just big balls of energy that want to be cuddled & loved.
10 months ago
1 Year
People
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Run
Tug-of-war
Dog Parks
Vizslas are wonderful, loving, happy dogs. They're incredibly energetic -- one of the most "go go go" breeds I've encountered during my days as a dog sitter and dog walker! They're always super excited to get leashed up and go outside on a walk. They love fast paced activities including running, tug-of-war, fetch and playing with other pup friends. They're generally friendly with other dogs and very good with people. They're gorgeous dogs and require minimal upkeep in terms of grooming due to their short coats. With lots of energy comes to need for lots of exercise to keep them fit, happy and stimulated. I would imagine they could become destructive and bored if not exercised enough. Not the best breed for a small city apartment, but if given enough free reign to run around they can do well. Overall, a very fun and sweet breed of dog.
10 months ago
8 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Sniffing
Walking
Extremely friendly and love humans. Most i walk are kept in crates because they can have too much energy and many are well trained as a way to harness their energy and outlet it. Overall happy playful dogs
10 months ago
1 Year
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This one particular vizsla I walked was very high energy, pulled a lot and was very strong. Was not yet trained on a leash and made the walk un enjoyable for some of it since he pulled me the entire time. But very sweet and very lovable. Lots of hugs and kisses when I met him and before I left
10 months ago
5 Years
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A very pleasant walk very friendly very well behaved very well trained lots of fun on the walk with this dog
10 months ago
2 Years
People
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Tracking
Fetch
Hunt
Swim
Run
Boat ride
Vizslas are awesome. They can be very vocal. They like to talk, bark or just make a bunch of noises. They love to fetch. The vizslas I walk would run and fetch all day if I’d let them. They’re very sweet. They can be a little overbearing and if they’re not trained well can sometimes jump on people or be too forward with other dogs.
10 months ago
2 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
petting
Walking
Vizsla's are such friendly animals! They love to keep a quick pace on the walks but are never pulling too hard. I did walk a Vizsla in the snow and they had to wear two coats and boots. The owner said that they do not do well with weather extremes, so this was something I kept in mind in the future when walking other Vizslas was to clarify if a coat or extra layers was needed.
10 months ago
2 Years
People
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saying hi
pulling
This Vizla mix was STRONG. And pulled. A LOT. So it was a heck of a workout for me! But still a very sweet and kind dog. When kids walked by I got nervous about the dog possibly jumping on and knocking them down so held him tight, but he seemed as if he wanted to say hello and would have been friendly. Other people and other dogs were also triggers, but still only because he wanted to say hi.
10 months, 1 week ago
5 Years
People
Health
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Energy
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Tug-of-war
Fetch
I’ve walked three vizslas and they all thrive on affection. Enjoy positive reinforcement and love walks. The really like to play and love humans. They can be unfriendly to other dogs especially if they feel the pack space is being invaded. They want to be around their owners as much as possible. Very sweet temperaments. Always wagging their tales as they are very interested in their surroundings.
10 months, 1 week ago
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