Vizslas are gentle, energetic dogs that form strong bonds with their families. In fact, Vizslas have been known to follow their owners around the house… all day. They like to move about and play—sometimes at boisterous levels—but they easily adapt to family life and get along with everybody. They are especially good with children.
- 48 - 66 pounds
- 21 - 25 inches
Ideal Human Companions
- Active, sporty types
- Joggers and hikers
- Experienced dog handlers
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What They Are Like to Live With
Though attached to their owners, Vizslas are generally friendly with other people and pets. They are alert to movements and sounds around the house, of course, but they don’t make the best watchdogs.
Vizsla owners can expect a certain amount of tomfoolery around the house. These canines have some quirky habits, like hopping onto laps, digging big holes in the yard and stealing snacks. Also, keep an eye on your favorite shoes: They are notorious chewers.
Things You Should Know
Vizslas need proper training from an early age. Without it, they can be timid, excitable and somewhat rambunctious. With firm, steady direction, Vizslas will be much easier to handle. They also thrive on attention: Make sure they get lots of quality “face time” and affection.
These dogs might be too big and active for apartment living. They could easily feel confined in small spaces. Ideally, Vizslas should have long, daily walks and the occasional opportunity to run off the leash. Without enough exercise, they can go a little batty. If you’re a jogger or hiker, take your Vizsla along—they have loads of stamina to keep you motivated.
A healthy Vizsla can live as long as 15 years. Generally healthy, some can develop hip dysplasia, epilepsy, hemophilia and skin allergies. The Vizsla’s sleek coat is very easy to groom, needing only the occasional brushing to keep its glossy sheen.
The Vizsla—also called the Hungarian Vizsla or Hungarian Pointer—descended from ancient hunting dogs owned by Magyars who settled in Hungary hundreds of years ago. The perfect hunting dog for Hungary’s agricultural lands, these dogs were quick, crafty and careful. They also had an excellent sense of smell. Recent crossbreeding with the Weimaraner and the German Shorthaired Pointer created the wiry and refined version we see today.
The Look of a Vizsla
Vizslas are smooth, handsome, medium-sized dogs covered in short, golden brown coats. Their broad, clean-cut heads have tapered muzzles, brown noses and distinctive lines down the forehead. Their silky ears hang close to the cheek, and their eyes blend with their rusty-gold coat colors. They have long, muscular necks that slope down to broad shoulders, deep chests and short backs. Their tails, usually docked at the halfway mark, are carried horizontal. Overall, Vizslas have an aristocratic but hardy look.
Talk About Vizslas
Affectionate and lankily clumsy
I love my two Vizsla rescue doggies, a brother and sister. These two came into my life at the best time and have been my buddies through thick and thin. While they aren't conducive to sleeping in, their companionship is one that I treasure!
They are definitely "Velcro" dogs as they love being with me all the time and are extremely affectionate. Having the bed to myself is not an option with these two!
They are beautiful, with a sense of "Bambi on ice" as they are at times clumsy with their lanky legs. I always receive compliments on how striking they are when we are out walking or at the local bark park.
~Laurie, owner of two Vizslas
Walks are great, but chasing the ball is better
Vizslas are the most affectionate, loving dogs anyone could possibly ever want. They love everyone, but they have a strong protective instinct with strangers or when someone comes to the house or rings the doorbell.
I take my vizsla camping and she loves it. She is the best watchdog.
Vizslas need a lot of exercise, and they do need to run and play, but if you have a fairly large yard they love for you to go out and throw the ball a couple times a day, go for rides in the car, and just generally be with them almost all the time. Walks are great, too, but chasing the ball is better. My vizsla is the best companion dog I have ever had, and they are clean and smell good, too!
~Jan M. B., owner of a Vizsla
Beautiful, loving velcro dog
I absolutely love my Viszla. She is the most affectionate dog I have ever known.
Even though she sheds (you'll need to get a good pet vacuum), more importantly, she does not have an odor. I take her with me almost everywhere I go and she loves riding in the truck. We've even taken her on several overnights and she does well in a hotel room.
I would recommend this breed to anyone who has time to spend exercising them. We walk daily and she has the run of our fenced-in yard. She loves everyone.
~Ken M., owner of a Viszla
Loving, affectionate, and very clean
Our Red Lab/Vizsla mix is the most affectionate dog we've ever had. He's a total Velcro dog, follows us everywhere. He's so wiry, always jumps up ready to go.
He acts like a cat, always grooming himself, Vizslas are notorious for doing this --they're extremely clean. He's very protective of us and his home. He could probably be a bomb dog because he'll smell and find anything! We love him so much.
~debbie c, owner of a Vizsla mix