A robust, noble-looking, medium-sized dog, the adult male Hungarian Vizsla stands at 57-64cm and the adult female at 53-60cm. They weigh 20-30kg. The short, dense coat is smooth and comes in an eye-catching reddish-gold colour.
- Category size: Medium
- Grooming requirements: Once a week
- Shedding: Little
- Allergies: No
- Noise: Usually quiet
- Dog Group Kennel Club: Gundog
- Alone: Less than 1 hour
- Other pets: High
- Stability as a guard: Medium
The Vizsla dog breed is a long-established breed, dating back centuries. Carpathian stone carvings thought to be 1,000 years old have been found, showing a nomadic Magyar hunting with a falcon and a dog that closely resembles the Vizsla. Following two world wars, the breed almost died out, but dedicated breeders managed to revive the breed with dogs that were smuggled out of Hungary. Today, the breed is not only a popular HPR (hunt, point, retrieve) dog; he is also a much-loved companion.
A larger-than-life character, the Hungarian Vizsla makes a fun, lively, loving companion for those who can give him the time and attention he needs. A sensitive dog, he enjoys being active and learning new things and revels in training, provided it is fun and rewarding. He is naturally protective of his loved ones.
The Hungarian Vizsla is generally a healthy breed. The most common breed specific problems are a swallowing disorder and epilepsy.
The Hungarian Vizsla needs at least two hours of daily exercise a day. As you'd expect, given his HPR background, retrieve games (on land and in water) are popular with him, though he is versatile and has been successful in many canine pursuits – from the field to the agility ring.
Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.
The short, smooth coat is dense and quite greasy, and needs very little maintenance – just a weekly brush.