Vizsla

  • SIZE: 5
  • GROOMING:: 1
  • EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
  • GOOD WITH DOGS: 5
  • WATCHDOG: 6
  • BREED: Vizsla
  • COLOR(S):Golden rust.

DESCRIPTION

 The Hungarian Vizsla is a sleek, muscular, medium-sized hunting dog with a beautiful rusty-gold colored short coat. In Hungarian "Vizsla" means alert and responsive. It is robust but lightly built. In the past few years this breed has become a popular work, show and companion dog. This is an active, energetic working dog with enormous stamina. It is reliable with children and will quickly adapt to family life. The Vizsla is a fine retriever with an excellent nose, and is a good small game and bird hunter and pointer - even on marshy terrain. 

TEMPERAMENT

 he Vizsla is loving, demonstrative and gentle. It is somewhat willful and distractible, but smart and trainable. It makes an excellent gun dog and watchdog. It is easy to train, as it loves to please its owner. This dog is sensitive; it needs to be handled gently; it needs a patient, firm hand. Harsh training techniques can ruin this dog; consistency in training is the best. The Vizsla needs to be socialized at an early age to get the dog accustomed to noises. This breed is reliable with children, able to adapt quickly to family life, and is generally good with other dogs. The Vizsla is energetic and athletic; it must receive sufficient exercise or it may become destructive or neurotic. This breed is gentle, friendly and makes an excellent family dog. This dog has many talents such as: tracking, retrieving, pointing, watchdogging and competitive obedience. It needs plenty of opportunity to run, preferably off the leash, and a lot of regular exercise. The Vizsla has two cousins, one with hard-wire hair called the Wirehaired Vizsla and the other a rare longhaired Vizsla. The Longhaired Vizsla can be born in both smooth and wire litters, although this is quite a rare occurrence. The Longhaired Vizsla is not registered anywhere in the world but there are some to be found in Europe. 

GROOMING

 The coat is short, dense and straight. It is easy to keep in peak condition. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder. 

HEALTH

 The Vizsla is generally healthy, but has a tendency toward hemophilia and hip dysplasia. They do not tolerate cold climates. 

EXERCISE

 The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla is an energetic working dog with enormous stamina. They need to be taken on daily, long, brisk walks or jogs. In addition, it needs plenty of opportunity to run, preferably off the leash in a safe area. 

TRAINING

 The Vizsla needs both socialization and obedience training at an early age. Owners of this breed must make their authority clear right from the start. They are eager to please and quick to learn. The Vizsla displays their talents in the areas of tracking, pointing, retrieving, and competitive obedience. Harsh methods of training will ruin this breed. They need firm, fair, and consistent training. 

Vizsla

  • SIZE: 4
  • GROOMING:: 2
  • EXERCISE NEEDS: 7
  • GOOD WITH DOGS: 8
  • WATCHDOG: 6
  • BREED: Vizsla
  • COLOR(S):Golden, Red Golden, Golden Rust

DESCRIPTION

Vizsla is easily recognized by his sleek golden-rust coat. They can stand between 21 to 24 inches at the shoulder and are the picture of a lean, light-footed hunter’s companion. The long, silky ears frame a facial expression that is sensitive and loving around the house and intense when at work.

As a hunter expected to work closely with humans, Vizslas form a tight bond with their owners and hate to be left alone.

Athletes of many talents, Vizslas excel at various sports and activities. They are eager and graceful trotters of great stamina, making them ideal jogging or biking companions. An expert on the breed tells us, “If you don’t have the time to encourage this breed’s full use of its brain, you’re wasting a good dog.”

TEMPERAMENT

GROOMING

Vizslas have a short, sleek coat with no undercoat, so they don’t require complicated grooming. They do shed, and occasional brushing with a rubber grooming brush is helpful. When they get especially dirty (or when they roll in something smelly), they will need a bath with lukewarm water, a good-quality dog soap, and thorough rinsing. It is important to keep the toenails short, either with a clipper or with a grinding tool. Ears should be checked frequently for dirt, wax build-up, or signs of irritation. Regular use of a mild ear-cleaning product will help prevent problems. To keep teeth and gums healthy, regular cleaning is recommended; use a product formulated for dogs (not human toothpaste).

HEALTH

Vizslas are generally a healthy breed. A typical lifespan is about 12 to 15 years. As in all breeds—and in mixed breeds—cancers are a concern. Responsible breeders screen their stock for health conditions such as such as seasonal allergies; eye disorders, including melanosis or entropion; hip dysplasia; epilepsy; and ear infections. Careful breeders do their homework ahead of time for the best odds of producing sound, healthy pups.

Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation

EXERCISE

Vizslas were bred to be active hunting dogs, and they need both physical and mental exercise. Individual dogs’ needs vary, but, in general, owners should plan on a minimum of 30 minutes of active exercise daily—and some dogs will need more than that. In addition to leash walks and games of fetch, most Vizslas need opportunities to run hard off-leash on a regular basis. Mental exercise is as important as physical activity, so training should be part of their routine. Vizslas can be excellent running or jogging companions, with the caveat that young dogs should not run long distances until they reach maturity at about 18 to 24 months. Older Vizslas typically remain active and playful.

TRAINING

Vizslas need consistent, positive training, starting in puppyhood. They are highly intelligent, curious, and sometimes manipulative, so owners need to establish solid communication and teach good behavior. Untrained Vizslas are hard to live with. They can find many creative ways get into trouble if they don’t have a “job.” Fortunately, they typically love training and thrive on the attention they receive. This is a sensitive breed, so early and ongoing socialization is important to make sure the dog has the confidence to enjoy various activities. With good socialization and consistent training, there are countless ways to have fun with these versatile dogs, including field trials, hunting tests, conformation, obediencerallyagility, dock diving, barn hunts, lure coursing, scent work, and tracking.