The variety of dog breeds that we can find around the world is extensive. There are many types of canines that have different characteristics that allow them to be unique. We can not only highlight the physical appearance of an animal of this type (color, body texture, etc.) but also in terms of its personality and temperament.
In addition, we can also highlight that many dogs differ from each other by the abilities they present. Some have excellent skills to be used as firefighter, police, or therapy dogs, while others can be used as hunting dogs. It all depends on the characteristics and attributes they present.
One of the most interesting dogs that have most of these characteristics is the Vizsla. It is a canine known primarily for its hunting skills and high energy level. They are dogs that need to get a lot of exercise every day together with their owners or members of their human family. They love to run, jump, swim, play or do any other physical activity together with their loved ones.
However, the Vizsla is not only known for its hunting abilities. This type of dog is an excellent pet because of the personality it presents. It can be very loving and friendly to its owners, members of its human family, strangers, and even other animals.
It is important to note that these canines suffer from separation anxiety, which is a disorder that affects Vizslas and other types of dogs, causing them to experience excessive anxiety and sadness. That can have negative effects on the mental health of the pet. That is why it is important that its owners spend a lot of time with it.
Are Vizslas Considered as Pointers?
As we said at the beginning, there are a great variety of dogs that have different qualities to carry out specific activities. If we want to know if a Vizsla is a pointer, the first thing we must understand is what a pointer dog is.
A pointer is a type of hunting dog that is characterized by the hunting instinct that makes it point or show its snout in the direction where the prey is. That way, the hunter can know where to move and aim his weapon. It should be noted that this type of animal has a good sense of smell.
A Vizsla is a pointer as it has the ability to point its snout at its prey. In fact, this canine is also called the Hungarian Pointer. As we have said, this animal presents extraordinary hunting abilities along with a developed sense of smell, making life easier for its fellow hunters. Importantly, both types of Vizsla are pointers: The Hungarian Vizsla and the Wirehaired Vizsla.
The Vizsla was used in the past to develop other dog breeds such as the Wirehaired Vizsla, Weimaraner, and German Shorthaired Pointer.
Why is that important? During the history of the Vizsla, this breed of dog had quite difficult moments in which it was on the verge of extinction. Some of those historical events were the Turkish occupation, World War I, and World War II.
After the latter, only 12 surviving Vizslas remained and thanks to the help of many breeding groups who love these dogs, they managed to save this breed through those that we have mentioned above (Wirehaired Vizsla, Weimaraner, and German Shorthaired Pointer) along with other pointer breeds.
The Vizsla as a Pointer and Retriever
The Vizsla does not only present characteristics of a pointer. This canine was also created and developed to be a retriever. It is a multi-purpose dog that is suitable for work on upland games, on rabbits, and for waterfowl retrieving. It is a natural retriever that can carry out its task both on land and in the water comfortably.
One of the advantages of this type of dog is its versatility to combine its pointer and retriever duties to effectively fulfill its hunting tasks.