Hungarian Vizsla

Hungarian Vizsla description

The Hungarian Vizsla has long been appreciated for their hunting abilities. Hungarian huntsmen used the Hungarian Vizsla for their hunting abilities. The Vizsla breed was particularly acknowledged for its exceptional nose, abilities to point and retrieve preys.

After the first World war, the frontiers of Hungary were considerably reduced. This resulted in the decrease of the Hungarian Vizsla in numbers. In 1920, the Magyar Vizsla Breeding Association was formed in order to save the breed from extinction.

On the eve of the Second World War, about 5000 Hungarian Vizslas were registered in Hungary. The breed who had long been the symbol of the wealth of aristocrats became once again endangered with the Second World War. The number of Vizslas dropped dramatically during the war as most owners who owned Hungarian Vizslas fled to other countries, in most cases leaving their dogs behind. The Communists, who wanted to take their revenge on the upper classes, killed the dogs whose owners had left behind. The Hungarian Vizslas who flew with their owners to other countries such as America contributed in saving the breed from extinction.

Hungarian Vizsla characteristics

A Hungarian Vizsla measures between 22.5 to 25 inches and weighs from 22 to 30 kilos. The coat of the Hungarian Vizsla can be of two sorts: short haired or wiry coat. The colour of the coat is golden rust.

Hungarian Vizsla temperament

Hungarian Vizslas are good natured dogs, very attached to every member of the family. Being very energetic, Hungarian Vizlas are more suited to active households. They will particularly enjoy playing with older children and going on long walks. When not given enough exercise, Hungarian Vizslas can adopt destructive behaviours such as chewing furniture.

Due to their strong hunting instinct, Hungarian Vizslas do not get along with other small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs.

Hungarian Vizsla training

Hungarian Vizsla require a gentle but firm training. Harsh training methods should be banned as they can damage the sensitive temperament of the Hungarian Vizsla. Harsh training methods with dogs often lead to all sort of behaviour issues, such as fearful and aggressive behaviour, which make dog training even more difficult.

It is recommended to start training your Hungarian Vizsla puppy as early as possible. Older dog often grow stubborn and, subsequently, can be more difficult to train. Puppies often get easily distracted therefore short training sessions are preferable.

Hungarian Vizsla food habits

The Hungarian Vizsla breed is prone to food allergies. Subsequently, they will need to be fed with a high quality aliment. It is recommended to seek advise from your breeder or veterinary surgeon.

Hungarian Vizsla Health

The life expectancy of the Hungarian Vizsla is 14 years. There are a few heath concerns within the breed such as: