The polite Vizsla has a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years.
The Vizsla is a native Hungarian dog that was originally bred to hunt. The exact origins of the Vizsla are unknown, but they are believed to have existed as far back as 1,000 years ago. The Vizsla is thought to be a mix between the Transylvanian Hound, the now extinct Turkish Yellow Dog and some type of pointer.
The Vizsla was cherished by warlords and barons as both a hunting dog and companion. Despite their popularity, the Vizsla nearly went extinct in the years between World War I and World War II. As Hungarians fled the Russian occupation of their country, some were able to take their Vizslas with them, helping to introduce the breed to the rest of the world and keep them from vanishing.
The Vizsla weighs 45 to 65 pounds and measures 21 to 24 inches.
The Vizsla has a short, smooth coat that does not give off any doggie odor. The Vizsla only needs to be brushed once a week and bathed as needed. Like all dogs, the Vizsla also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Vizsla is outgoing and lively, but also sensitive and gentle.
The Vizsla is commonly known as a “Velcro dog” because they like to stick as close to their family as possible. The Vizsla is highly people-oriented and needs attention from their family to be happy. If Vizslas are ignored or left alone for too long, they can develop separation anxiety.
The Vizsla’s affection is not reserved for just their family. They are well-mannered and friendly with just about everyone. Vizslas simply love attention and will try and get it from anyone they encounter. Vizslas may be wary of strangers initially, but are not aggressive and would rather be friends with visitors and new people.
Vizslas take quickly to training, although they may be a bit stubborn at times. They do best with a calm, but firm handler and lots of praise and treats as reinforcement. With proper training, Vizslas can go on to compete in advanced obedience, tracking, field work and agility.
The Vizsla was bred to be a hunting dog and still makes an effective one today. The Vizsla maintains a high energy level and needs one hour of activity every day. The Vizsla should have a daily walk and can make a good jogging or hiking partner. They also need time to run and play outside. Without regular exercise, Vizslas can become bored and destructive.