Originally from Hungary, the Vizsla is a medium-sized, short-coated hunting dog that is essentially Pointer in type, although he combines characteristics of both pointer and retriever. An attractive golden rust in color, this “dual” dog is popular in both the field and the show ring due to his power and drive while hunting and his trainability in the home.
The Vizsla’s ancestors were hunters and companions for the Magyar hordes, a tribe that settled in what is now known as Hungary. A favorite of early barons, Vizslas are depicted in etchings as far back as the 10th century.
The agricultural terrain of Hungary created a dog of superior nose and high-class hunting ability well-suited to Hungarian climate and a variety of game, including upland game, rabbits, and waterfowl. Nearly extinct by the end of the World Wars, the Vizsla gradually regained popularity and began to be imported into the United States in the 1950s.
The Vizsla thrives as part of an active family that provides daily exercise. He is lively and affectionate to his people and possesses an above-average ability to take training. Although he sheds, his short coat requires low daily maintenance.
- Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1960.
- Average size: 21 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder.
- Hunting dog, family companion.
- Apartment? Not so much.
- Fairly active indoors.
- Daily vigorous and extended exercise.
- Easy care.
- Bathe only when necessary.
- Average shedding.