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Short History of the BreedVizsla - Dogs & Dog Rescue

Vizsla are of Hungarian descent where they were raised as hunting and field dogs. A cousin to the Weimaraner and German Short Haired Pointer, the three breeds have a similar build but quite different personalities. AKC 'official' history can be found here.

Physical Description & Size

Vizslas are a medium-sized short-coated hunting dog with a unique rusty coloring; the coat is an attractive solid golden rust. This is a high-energy dog of power and drive in the field yet at the same time an extremely affectionate companion at home.
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Vizslas are eager to please and respond extremely well to training (especially field training). The more you train them, the happier they seem to be. Provided that they are regularly exercised, they are generally speaking low-maintenance - a tired Vizsla is a happy vizsla. Due to their affectionate nature, some Vizslas exhibit separation anxiety in their younger years.

Dog Care

Exercise: Vizslas make great running partners as this is a breed that needs huge daily doses of exercise. Off-leash play in a large open space with other energetic dogs is very effective however the best way to tire a Vizsla is with another Vizsla as they have a unique way of playing with others of the same breed. Swimming during the summer is also very popular with many Vizslas.

Grooming: Viszlas are extremely short-haired but don't let that foll you into thinking that they don't shed! There may be less of it, but the rust-colored hair is still there to be found when you least expect it. Regular grooming with a rubber brush helps to keep their minimal shedding under control and also reinforces the pack connection within the household.

Diet: Full grown vizslas normally average two cups of kibble, twice a day. Given their high energy levels, its hard to overfeed.

AKC Group

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Some quick facts from the American Kennel Club about the Vizsla include:
  • The Vizsla is also called a Hungarian Pointer.
  • At the end of World War I, the Vizsla was all but extinct.
  • The importation of the breed into the United States began in the 1950s.
  • The Vizsla was admitted into the American Kennel Club in 1960.
  • The Vizsla is a multi-purpose dog that is suitable for work on upland game, on rabbits, and for waterfowl retrieving.
  • The Vizsla is essentially Pointer in type with characteristics of Pointer and Retriever

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