(Hungarian Short-haired Pointing Dog, Rövidszörü Magyar Vizsla) The alert Vizsla is a smooth-coated, elegant breed. Their russet gold, sleek coat is close to their muscular bodies. Like the rest of their frame, their long legs are also muscular but their round paws are surprisingly petite for a medium-size dog. Vizslas heads are semi-round Their noble head is semi-round with a long, square muzzle ending in a soft brown nose which blends in to the color of its coat. Like its coat and nose, the Vizsla’s lively, attentive eyes are also a light brown hue. Its slightly round ears are long and hang down to the tip of their neck. At the other end of their body is their long tail which is often docked.
Vizslas are sweet, yet active dogs. They love playing, so they are good with children but are sometimes too much for small children. However, they need lots of exercise and activities to keep their mind active. Plus, the breed must receive training because they will become extremely disobedient and destructive otherwise. These dogs can also become easily excited and neurotic without such training. Vizslas like playing with other dogs but are unreliable around small animals because of their strong hunting instincts. They can be very stubborn, even with proper training, and will not always listen. Despite their potential faults, they are highly intelligent and are good companions for active families.
Vizslas are a strong and hardy companion almost entirely free from genetic diseases. Hip dysplasia is the most serious health concern, but it rarely occurs in the breed. The Vizsla can be expected to easily reach 15 years of age.
Vizsla, which means “pointer” in Hungarian, originated in Hungary. The hunting breed was a likely ancestor of the Transylvania Hound and the Turkish Yellow Dog but was later mixed with the German Shorthaired Pointed. While the breed was popular for hunting, it nearly became extinct. Then during the Russian occupation of Hungary after World War II, the Hungarians feared their Vizslas, which were considered symbols of nobility and wealth, would be slaughtered so many of the dogs were smuggled out of the country to safety. In fact, that is how the breed ended up in the United States. Today, they are used as companions, hunters, and as obedience trial participants regularly.
Vizslas are rather easy to keep looking nice. They need to be brushed, preferably once a week. Trimming their nails is another requirement for owners. The hardest part of caring for Vizslas is making sure they get plenty of exercise. They need time to run and to go for long walks. However, they need more than just physical exercise; they also need mental stimulation, including playing games or letting them do what they were bred for - hunting. Vizslas will be happy and healthy if they get exercise but if that need is unfulfilled they will become destructive and often unstable.
Vizslas are perfect for a bustling family. Owners must have time to spend exercising and training Vizslas. They have enormous amounts of energy and will try to release that energy in the house, so they not do well in an apartment. They need a yard or other area where they can run off-leash safely. Their lively and rambunctious attitude may not be suited for small children or the elderly. However, they do great with children and other dogs, but it is not a good idea to have small animals around them because of their strong hunting instincts.
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- My 6month old vizsla was purchased as a family pet (to which he is perfectly suited!) but ...
My 6month old vizsla was purchased as a family pet (to which he is perfectly suited!) but I've noticed as he's grown that his tail was docked too short as a puppy (my inexperience perhaps but I didn't notice when I collected him at...Asked by Anonymous - 1 answers
- How often should we bath our vizsla?
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I am hoping that someone has some advice for me! Leo, our 7 month old Vizsla, has been throwing up over the past few days...probably a total of 4 times in 3 days...what could be the cause of this? He has always been a grazer eater,...Asked by Anonymous - 5 answers
- How much should an 8 week old Vizsal pup weigh?
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