We love a Hungarian vizsla. They’re fun, full of energy and great company but most people know very little about this beautiful breed. Therefore we gathered a little background info to help you decide if they would be the ideal partner.
Vizslas are medium sized dogs traditionally used for hunting. They are known as pointing dogs for their ability of sniffing out game and signaling to their owners. Pointers were selectively bred for hundreds of years and the hunting instinct typically appears at a relatively early age. They are lean, robust with strong jaws and come with either smooth or wired hair a beautiful rust color. We assume that their ancestors have been hunters who settled in the Central European basin, what’s known today as Hungary.
The Hungarian vizsla personality
The Hungarian vizsla has been bred to locate, point and retrieve game and has very high energy levels. It is not to say that all vizslas would be great at hunting but these pups need a lot of exercise as they are very energetic. Therefore, if you lead an active lifestyle, travel, hike and spend a lot of time outdoors then this breed is the perfect choice for you. They are ideal family dogs who are affectionate and take training easy, behaves really well around children and other dogs.
In a nutshell
- Personality: Calm and gentle while relaxing with family, can have an exuberant personality when hunting
- Energy level: High energy levels, very active
- Barking: Barks when necessary
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Trainability: Responds well
- Height: 58-65 cm
- Weight: 25-30 kg
- Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
- Health problems: Arthritis, joint problems
The ideal owner of this breed is someone who wants a dog to live in his or her home and be included in family activities, especially outdoors. Vizslas love their family and want to be involved in their lives. They are happiest with a job to do, eager to please, and are easy to train with positive reinforcement.
So I hope this has helped you clear up a few things and please, remember to leave a comment or a question if you have one! If you are interested in dog parenting best practices, make sure you check our top tips! If you are still interested in these beautiful dogs, here is an organization that can help you in adopting or fostering. Thank you for reading!