Height: 53 - 64 cm (21 - 25 inches)
Weight: 22 - 30 kg (48.5 - 66 lb)
Life Span: 12 years
Temperament: Fearless & lively
Country of Origin: Hungary
AKC Group: Sporting
Other Names: Magyar Vizsla, Drotszoru Magyar Vizsla
The Hungarian Vizsla is loyal, affectionate, sporty and intelligent. Hungarian Vizslas have become more popular in recent years and can adapt to country or city life. They get on well with children, other dogs and household pets. They will bark at strangers, but that is usually all. The Hungarian Vizsla likes to please it's handler and shouldn't be difficult to train.
Occasional grooming with a rubber brush will keep the coat looking at its best.
The Hungarian Vizsla needs plenty of exercise and also needs it's mind occupied for it to be both physically and mentally healthy. Most of these dogs enjoy retrieving, hunting and playing in water. Hungarian Vizslas should have regular opportunities to run and play off the lead.
It is presumed that the Hungarian Vizsla came to Hungary about 10 centuries ago with the Magyars. Back then an all-round dog was needed and the Vizsla served that purpose. They were used to hunt the hares in the grain growing areas, as the Vizsla's color worked as excellent camouflage. The aristocrats possessively guarded these dogs in those days and made it difficult for anyone to get one. It is believed that the Short Haired Pointer had some influence with the Vizsla's evolution, as they are very similar in appearance.
General Appearance: Strong, noble and alert.
Color: Russet gold. White on the chest and feet is permitted.
Coat: Smooth, short, dense, glossy with a greasy feel.
Tail: Set low, customarily docked and carried horizontally.
Ears: Set low, rather long, rounded V-shape, thin and hanging close to the cheeks.
Body: The back is straight, short and muscular. The belly is slightly tucked up and the croup is straight and sloping. The withers are well-defined and the brisket is deep but not too broad.
These dogs are also known as the Hungarian Setter. Hungarian Vizsla's do feel the cold as they don't have an undercoat and should not be kept in a cold environment.
Hungarian Vizsla - Dog Breed Profile
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