At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 48 - 66 lbs.

Height: 21" - 24"

Life Span: 12 - 15 years

Hungarian Shorthaired Vizsla

Also know as: Vizsla, Hungarian Shorthaired Pointing Dog, Rövidszörü Magyar Vizsla

Group: Miscellaneous

Origin: Hungary (Middle Ages / 1850s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Hip dysplasia

Special Needs
Exercise: 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.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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