Characteristics and Temperament
Vizslas are midsized, hunting dogs with a brownish golden color in its short-haired coat. It has no black marks. This breed has a height from 20 to 26 inches tall and a weight from 40 to 60 lb. Their lifespan is from 11 to 15 years.
This breed is recognized by its intelligence, loyalty, pointing abilities, and high energy. The Vizsla dog is generally friendly, loving, active, and gentle. This dog is great for families with children, active single people, and houses with yards. They have a lot of energy. It is hard t keep up with a Vizsla.
Vizslas become easily attached and protective of its family, especially to its master. They constantly follow their master to wherever he or she goes. They enjoy being around children. Vizslas cannot be left alone for long periods of time because they will feel bored and frustrated and this will get them to howl, bark, destroy things, etc. They are usually quiet and barks only under certain circumstances.
You can give your dog a comfortable bed to sleep near you and members of your family. They should be kept indoors because they are sensitive to cold weather and other elements. Besides, they dig a lot in the garden when they do not exercise enough and they are left alone.
Your Vizsla puppy requires chewing toys to play with. Otherwise they will start chewing everything: furniture, shoes. etc. Let your puppy play with puzzle chew toys that have a treat inside when you are away in order to control this need that the dog has.
The origins of the vizsla dogs can be traced to the 10th century, wth the Magyars. They became popular in the Hungarian nobility until World War I, when they almost became extinct. The Hungarian Kennel Club tried to ensure the breed’s survival but after World War II, the breed again became almost extinct. Hungarian immigrants in the United States preserved the species in the 1930’s. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in the 1960’s. Today they are highly regarded for their hunting abilities.
The vizslas are a very old breed and it is hard to determine from which breed it came from. Several breeds have been developed from the Vizslas. like: the Weimaraner, the Wirehaired Vizsla, and the German Shorthair Pointer.
This breed has a lot of energy and your dog will start destroying things if you do not exercise it every day. You need to take your Vizsla puppy out for one hour everyday, using a leash. It can walk, jog, or run. It also needs a closed space to run, move around, and do other activities. Running and jumping obstacles in the back yard can be a great exercise. The fences of the yard must be at least 6 feet tall, or the dog will jump out and escape. In order to avoid gloat, it is important not to exercise your Vizsla dog during a three-hour period (an hour before it eats and two hours after you feed it).
Because of their high intelligence, Vizsla puppies are very obedient and they can be easily trained. They can be trained to retrieve and point, toilet training, survival skills, socializing and obedience. The training should start since the dog is still young. They can be taught commands using rewards, like treats.
Vizsla dogs are sensitive and get stressed with harsh training and punishments. This makes them shy and aggressive. If you want to let an expert do the job, the Vizsla Club of America can train your dog. It also has competitions for our puppy to enter.
This is the site of the vizsla Club of America:
You can enroll your dog in training classes from organizations like Trupanion and in trail competitions, like those of the American Kennel Club. You might need to dock the upper 1/3 of the god’s tail and remove all four dewclaws to avoid injuries. In case you do, let an expert perform the operations.
This is the site of Trupanion:
This is the site of the American Kennel Club:
Vizslas have a thick, short, siky, clean, almost odorless, and easy to care coat. They need to be groomed only about once a week and require a regular bath. They do not shed a lot.
Vizslas are considered a healthy breed. They could have eye and stomach problems and other diseases, like: epilepsy, hip dysplasia, hyperthyroidism, Von Willegrand disease, and hemophilia.
The Vizslas require high quality food to avoid illnesses. The food must have animal based protein. It must not include corn and grains. They can eat meat, chicken and lamb.