Hungarian Vizsla

Noble and graceful, you can't help but look at a Hungarian Vizsla and think ROYALTY. Medium-sized with a smooth short-haired coat, the Vizsla gives the impression of great stamina and certainly lives up to it! Hungarian Vizsla are active dogs who love long walks and big fields.

Country of Origin
Hungary
Colour
A solid colouring of russet gold. It's very impressive. Some may have a little white on the chest and feet.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
Dogs should measure between 58-62cms at the withers and bitches should ideally measure between 54-58cms at the withers. They weigh between 20-30kgs.
Health
Vizslas can end up with hip dysplasia, a bone development problem, and Hypothyroidism, an Endocrine disease. Also been known to have eye problems such as Entropion and Ectropion. Male Vizslas can have retained testicles or cryptorchidism, sometime one, sometimes both.
Life Span
14 -15 years
Intelligence
The Vizsla is highly intelligent and should be quite easy to train as long as you're consistent and firm. No, not that firm! Vizslas are eager to please and will be quite put out if they don't get things right. It's important to be gentle when training as they don't respond well to criticism.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

Hungarian Vizslas are not fussy eaters. They have a good appetite but aren't the kind of dog to tap their food bowl expectantly every half hour. If you are wanting to train your Vizsla to be a gundog then they will need a higher protein diet, as all working dogs should.

Feeding Cost
$15-$20 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Exercise. And plenty of it. The Vizsla thrives on activity and will simply mope if left in a kennel. Your Vizsla will need long walks and LOTS of room, making them perfect for country living. Vizslas are happiest when spending time with the family.
Ailments
Vizslas can end up with hip dysplasia, a bone development problem, and Hypothyroidism, an Endocrine disease. Also been known to have eye problems such as Entropion and Ectropion. Male Vizslas can have retained testicles or cryptorchidism, sometime one, sometimes both.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

Short-haired and smooth, a few strokes with a firm bristle brush and the Vizsla will be groomed and gorgeous. During summer, bath time should be every two weeks. When we reach the colder months, only bathe your Vizsla once a month. If you're after that shiny coat look, simply rub them down with some toweling or chamois to bring out the golden sheen. 

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
Moderate
The origin story of the Hungarian Vizsla started long, ago and far away.... Actually it's a bit of a mystery. Some say their ancestors existed centuries ago and others say they're a 20th century kind of dog. If you're a fan of the "ancient lineage" story, there are some preserved prints that date back almost 1000 years that capture Magyar hunters (early settlers in Hungary) with dogs and falcons. These dogs look very similar to the Vizsla of today, so much so that they're often referred to as the ‘Yellow Turkish Hunting Dog’. When Magyar hunters went to other countries they took their dogs with them, which led to the mixing of breeds and improved the Vizslar's genetic ability as hunters. Vizslars remained a popular hunting dog but were almost wiped out by the two World Wars! It's believed that it only exists today because some were smuggled out during WWII. (Scandalous) With the help of selective breeding, the 1930s saw the development of the wire-haired Vizslar which boosted popularity because the longer coat made them better suited for colder climates and hunting in icy waters.


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