- SIZE: 5
- GROOMING:: 1
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 5
- WATCHDOG: 6
- BREED: Vizsla
- COLOR(S):Golden rust.
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.
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.
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.
The Vizsla is generally healthy, but has a tendency toward hemophilia and hip dysplasia. They do not tolerate cold climates.
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.
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.