Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Vizsla demonstrated the desired traits of a Gun Dog and is known by its nick name the "Hungarian Pointer". The origin of the Vizsla dog breed was in Hungary where its ancestors date back to antiquity
Vizsla Breed Group and Dog Type - Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1943): The Vizsla is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1943). There are two types of Vizsla the original short-haired variety, also known as the Hungarian Pointer, and the sturdier, wire-haired Vizsla, which was developed in the 1930s.
Other names for the Vizsla: The Vizsla is known by the nickname of the "Hungarian Pointer". Other names for this breed of dog include the Hungarian Pointer and Magyar Vizsla
Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Vizsla" derives from the Hungarian word meaning "pointer". Also refer to the Wirehaired Vizsla.
Vizsla History and Origin: The country of origin of the Vizsla breed was in Hungary and the ancestors of the breed were the hunting dogs that were used by the Magyar tribes in the "land of the Huns". The Magyars ruled a vast territory in Hungary under Attila the Hun (406–453). Stone carvings dating back over 1,000 years show Magyar tribes hunting with falcons and dogs that closely resembled the Vizsla. The Vizsla was used by the Csikos, the mounted horse-herdsman, for hunting on flat, open country of the Great Hungarian Plain.
The courageous Vizsla exhibited the agility, caution and alertness required to hunt a variety of dangerous animals including the wolves, wild cats, jackals, the curly-haired wild boar and the scimitar-horned cattle (called the Hungarian Steppe cattle).
The versatile Vizsla was trained to point and retrieve on both land and water The magnificent Vizsla became the favorite hunting dog of the Hungarian aristocracy and warlords who closely guarded the breed and kept the bloodlines pure. The Vizsla was known as the "Gift of Kings" and presented only to royalty and honored guests, retaining the exclusivity of the breed.
The jealously guarded Vizsla nearly reached the point of extinction but after World War II (1939 - 1945) Hungarian emigrants brought the Vizsla dog to western Europe and the United States as an excellent Gun Dog (Bird Dog). The Vizsla breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1960.
Vizsla Height: The Vizsla breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 22-26 inches (56-66 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 20-24 inches (51-61 cm).
Vizsla Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg).
Vizsla Coat Type: The coat type is described as a short, smooth, dense coat.
Vizsla Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include golden rust colors.
Vizsla Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Vizsla are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited dog grooming needs of the Vizsla are therefore considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming with casual brushing and combing. Dog Grooming needs should also include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the eyes, ears, nails and teeth.
Vizsla Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 6-8 puppies. Vizsla puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Vizsla puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Vizsla Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Sweet-tempered, Energetic, Affectionate, Protective and Lively.
Vizsla Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Vizsla requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day.
This medium sized dog has a quick, lively, graceful gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.
Vizsla Diet: A fully grown Vizsla should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Vizsla Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Vizsla breed include Skin Problems, Epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Vizsla dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: Yes (Refer to Hypoallergenic Dogs).
Vizsla Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Vizsla breed is 10-14 years.
Vizsla Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Vizsla breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Vizsla names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Garritt *** Kenzi *** Barend *** Flash *** Larz *** Jelle *** Pieter *** Willem *** Kenzi *** Bram.
Vizsla Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Vizsla names are Jinxy *** Jenna *** Lena *** Sabine *** Brandy *** Lilly *** Wilma *** Molly *** Anika *** Kiki.