(aka: Hungarian Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Short-haired Pointing Dog)
The Vizsla is large in size, and has a thoughtful and intelligent expression. He has a study, athletic build, and a close fitting, smooth coat. The coloring of the Vizsla is golden rust. These dogs weigh in at around 45-55 pounds for females, and 55-65 pounds for males. The height of the Vizsla is around 20-23 inches for females, and 22-25 inches for males.
Alert, responsive, and gentle, the Vizsla is a dog with great stamina, plenty of energy, and a friendly attitude. His name literally translates to 'alert and responsive' in Hungarian. These are adaptable dogs, and are well suited to both experienced and inexperienced dog owners. These dogs do thrive on the attention, interaction, and companionship of their owners, and some may find them quite clingy. This is not the right choice for those with little time to dedicate to a pet. The Vizsla has high energy levels, and does need a good amount of exercise, preferably interactive play and activity. He is quick and agile, which means that a secure and safe area must be provided for play and exercise if he is not on a leash. The Vizsla can be a chewer, especially when bored, so appropriate toys are a good idea. Also, bear in mind that without the necessary physical and mental stimulation and interaction that he needs he can get bored, and this can lead to destructive behavior.
The Vizsla is a quick learner and an intelligent dog, so training shouldn't prove too much of a challenge. He is eager to please and responsive, faring well in obedience training. He can be easily distracted and independent, so a firm yet very positive method is important when training. In order to promote a stable and confident temperament early socialization is advisable. The Vizsla will generally bark to raise an alarm, and can make effective watchdogs. Their size can also act as a deterrent for potential intruders. These dogs get along fine with strangers and other animals, as well as with children. The Vizsla is an ideal pet for an active owner with the time to dedicate to a loving pet.
For those with little time to dedicate to grooming, the Vizsla is the ideal choice, as he is a low maintenance dog. You can simply brush his coat occasionally to keep it smooth and in good condition. He is a medium shedder, and therefore may not prove ideal for those with allergies.
he history of the Vizsla begins with the Magyar horde, a warlike, nomadic tribe, wandering all across Central Europe until settling in Hungary. A depiction of the breed first appears in the 10th century followed by closer renditions and a written reference in the Illustrated Vienna Chronicle, a 14th century manuscript. The breed's survival was secured by the involvement of several barons. They liked the breed and admired its ability to hunt. Early breeders included the Batthyany, Nadasdy and Zay families. They and the land honed the Vizsla's hunting skills into a fine art, testing and perfecting the ability to scent, point and retrieve.
After World War I, concerned parties made a concerted effort to ensure the breed remained unique and survived the century. The Hungarian Kennel Club (MEOE) established strict breed standards. All seemed assured. World War II, however, eradicated much of the breed, destroying the studbook registry. A breeding colony had to be established.
The AKC admitted the breed into its registry in 1960. By 1971, the breed began, again, to receive serious international recognition. Since then, the Vizsla has become a recognized competitor at hunting trials and specialty shows as well as at various other dog shows worldwide.
A happy family is one in which the Vizsla is well trained. This does not simply apply to teaching your dog to be a pointer and a retriever. Vizslas, like all dogs, need to be taught the basics-socialization with humans and other animals, toilet-training, not to jump and other obedience and behavioral survival skills. Fortunately, Vizslas are intelligent. They respond quickly to a consistent and even-handed effort.
Vizslas like to please. Although they mature slowly, they learn quickly if you do not bore them. When you decide to toilet train your puppy, remember, either you have to be with him or her to prevent a mess, or you will have to crate. Simplify things by establishing regular feeding and walking routines. Let the puppy out to the same spot to relieve. Take the puppy out when you see it circling or around half-an-hour after eating or immediately after the puppy gulps down a lot of water.
The sooner you undertake socialization training with your dog, the better the chances you can avoid anti-social behavior. Start by introducing the puppy to humans and other animals, including dogs and cats. This will prevent aggression and shyness with strangers. Make sure you use a motivational or reward-based training method. This works best with Vizslas. Reinforce positive behavior. Vizslas are intelligent dogs who like to please.
Vizslas are also retrievers. This means they constantly put any and everything in their mouths. Provide them with an astounding array of toys to chew on. Allow them to carry their favorite toys everywhere.
The basic nature of a Vizsla assures an owner that training can result in a high level of obedience. If you wish, you can train your Vizsla to compete in a number of classes, competitions and trials including obedience, field and conformation.
There are a number of health problems linked to this breed, including entropion, SA, epilepsy, PRA, HD, seizures, cancer, thyroid problems, and cancer. The parents of the Vizsla puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates, and you should also ask about a skin punch for sebaceous adenitis (SA).