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Hungarian Vizsla

Dog Breed - Hungarian Vizsla

Description

The Magyar or Hungarian Vizsla is a dog breed originating in Hungary.  Primitive stone etchings over a thousand years old show the Magyar hunter with his falcon and his Vizsla.  This breed is one of the smallest of the all-round pointer-retriever sporting breeds. Through the centuries this breed has held a unique position for a sporting dog; that of household companion and family dog.

 

Temperament

The Vizsla is a natural hunter.  This breed is easily trained. They are lively, loyal, gentle mannered, affectionate and sensitive.  This breed is sometimes referred to as a “velcro” dog because of their loyalty and affection. They thrive on attention, exercise and interaction.  Highly intelligent, they enjoy being challenged and stimulated. If they do not get enough attention and exercise they easily become destructive or engage in obsessive-compulsive behaviour such as persistent licking. They only bark if necessary or provoked. They are also fearless and possessed of a well-developed protective instinct.

 

Appearance

Height:  22-25 inches (56-63.5 cm)

Weight: 45-66 pounds (20-30kgs)

The Hungarian Vizsla is a medium-sized dog with a short coat of distinguished appearance and bearing. Other breeds are often mistaken for Vizslas, and Vizslas are often mistaken for other breeds such as the Weimaraners and Redbone Coonhound, however it is slightly smaller.  The nose of the Vizsla will always have a reddish color that blends with the coat color.  Their coat is typically a solid golden rust colour in different shades.

 

Grooming

The Vizsla only needs to be bathed occasionally and brushed or rubbed down once or twice a week. Nails need to be trimmed on a regular basis.

 

Life Expectancy

12-15 years.

 

Health Concerns

The Hunagarian Vizsla is considered to be a robust dog.  However they may be prone to hip dysplasia, digestive problems, and some eye conditions.  Idiopathic epilepsy is becoming more common in this breed.

 

Suitability

This dog is a loyal companion and makes for a great family pet.  Their lack of undercoat also means the Vizsla is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than many other breeds.  This lack of undercoat also means the Vizsla is susceptible to the cold and should not be left outside for extended periods.  They require daily exercise to remain healthy and happy.

 

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Children's book and cartoon character, Clifford the Big Red Dog is based on a Vizsla

 

 

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