Hungarian Shorthaired Vizsla
Size: Medium / Large
Weight: 48 - 66 lbs.
Height: 21" - 24"
Life Span: 12 - 15 years
Health Problems: Hip dysplasia
Origin: Hungary (Middle Ages / 1850s)
Also Known As: Vizsla, Hungarian Shorthaired Pointing Dog, Rövidszörü Magyar Vizsla
Category: Companion Dog, Hunting
The Hungarian Shorthaired Vizsla requires long walks, romps or games. This breed needs plenty of outside space to run and play. A natural retriever, this dog loves a game of fetch. If the Vizsla does not get enough exercise, it will become bored and may be destructive or neurotic.
Affectionate, sensitive, reliable and obedient, the Vizsla has a gentle nature toward its family. However, this breed is fearless when protecting its owner. The Vizsla can be strong-willed, easily distracted, and tends to be a "chewer." This breed requires patience and consistency in discipline from its owner. Its intelligence makes is fairly trainable, but untrained dogs can become difficult to control. The Vizsla is generally good with children and other dogs.
Compatibility with Kids
Generally good with children.
The Vizsla was first established in the 1500s by crossing the Yellow Turkish Dog with a now-extinct breed, the Pannonian Hound. It was originally used as a pointing and retrieving dog for falcons and other birds. The shorthaired version of the Vizsla was developed in the 1850s, and the wirehaired version was created in the 1930s. Today, the Wirehaired Vizsla is still an excellent hunter and family pet.