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Description: "Vizsla" means alert and responsive in the Hungarian language. They have become popular work, show and companion dogs in the past few years. Robust but lightly built, they are great jumpers and if bored will try to escape from a yard that does not have a sufficiently high fence. Vizslas are the happiest when they have something to do. The Vizsla will adapt to city living, but will require long walks and human companionship as they have enormous stamina. Somewhat sensitive, they need to be handled gently. They are reliable with children and will quickly adapt to family life. Vizslas are medium sized dogs which usually have short, fine hair all over. There is a variation of the breed which has wirehair. Vizslas have long thin ears that are rounded on the ends, and somewhat wrinklable skin. They are almost completely solid gold rust to sandy yellow in color, but sometimes may have patches of white on the chest and feet. They often have a docked tail, and they are lean muscular dogs. The Vizsla makes an attractive pet, both inside and out!
Other Names: Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Drotszoru Magyar Vizsla
21 - 23.5 inches; Males: 22.5 - 25.5 inches.
golden rust, various shades of gold and sandy yellow; small white marks on
the chest and feet are acceptable.
Vizslas are gentle, responsive, and alert. They are good natured, lively,
and affectionate. They can be sensitive but they are excellent hunters. They
are quite versatile and trainable, making them an ideal gundog, hunting dog,
whatever dog you want! They are good with children, get along with other animals,
and are quite obedient. Vizslas, although versatile, do not adapt to dramatic
changes easily. They can do well in hot desert areas, however, as they originally
started out in a hot central plain of Hungary.
Watch-dog: High. "Alert"
is their middle name, or first name in this case. "Vizsla" in Hungarian means
"alert and responsive".
Care and Exercise: Brush
the Vizsla's shorthaired coat with a firm bristle brush regularly and dry
shampoo them occasionally. Keep the nails trimmed and in good condition. It
is best to give them plenty of opportunity to run off leash and regular daily
walks as they are an energetic breed that needs exercise to feel both physically
and mentally happy. They need plenty of exercise, and owners are warned not
to create a lazy dog out of your Vizsla pup.
Activity: Indoors - Low.
Outdoors - High.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, skin problems, allergies, cancer, eye problems, thyroid disorders, von Willebrand's disease and epilepsy.
Life Span: 11 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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