Vizsla Dog: characteristics, personality, care and fun facts

Vizsla Dog: characteristics, personality, care and fun facts

Vizsla Dog

The Vizsla dog is the Hungarian pointer and retriever. This aristocrat is the happiest in an active family that can give him all the exercise he needs.

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The Vizsla dog is a direct descendant of hunting dogs that were used by the Magyars, the settlers of Hungary from a thousand years ago. They are also known as the Hungarian Retriever.

There are depictions of this dog in ancient art. They can be found in art that goes as far as the 10th century. By the 19th and 20th century, these dogs were distinctive and had a powerful scent.

The World Wars nearly decimated the breed but fortunately, it survived and the first samples were imported to the United States in the 1950s. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1960 and they rank 31 of 192 in popularity.

Physical Characteristics

The Vizsla dog is a medium-sized dog with short hair. These dogs are robust and lean, with defined muscles. The standard color for this breed is solid golden-rust in a variety of shades. According to the American Kennel Club standards, the coat must be short, dense, smooth, and close-lying. The males stand at 22 to 24 inches while females stand at 21 to 23 inches. Their weight is usually between 45 to 65 pounds.


The Vizsla dog is actually pretty affectionate, lively, and gentle. Some of these dogs can also be stubborn or shy. If the dog is bored, he will become destructive.


If there is one thing that this dog needs, that is exercise, exercise, and more exercise. A lot of fun activities and sports will keep this dog happy. He is a hunter so he enjoys chewing. Provide him with toys that he can chew on or else he’ll chew on something you don’t want.


When training this dog you need to be gentle and never harsh. They respond well to train as they are eager to please. It is important that you start training him as a puppy for better results.

Fun Facts

  • By the end of World War I, the Vizsla dog almost became extinct.
  • This dog is suitable for work with upland game, rabbit, and waterfowl hunting.
  • They should live indoors with their family and not outside. Their coat does not really protect them from the cold.
  • Vizslas need human interaction all the time.

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