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Vizsla Facts

  • Group
  • Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 21" - 24"
  • Weight
  • 45-65 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Red
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Hungarian vizsla, Magyar vizsla .


The Vizsla originated in Hungary.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the middle ages the wire haired variety originated in the 1930's.


According to depictions found in stone etches and fourteenth-century manuscripts, dogs of vizsla type have been found in central Europe for as long as one thousand years. The breed is depicted in various etchings that date back to the 10th century and manuscripts tracing to the 14th century. Apparently, the breed was a favorite of early barons and warlords who, either deliberately or by accident, preserved its purity through the years. The breed came close to extinction after WWI but fanciers struggled to save it. It was first imported to the U.S. in the 1950?s and serves as both a hunting dog and companion.


The vizsla is medium-size, lean and muscular. It has a deep, tapering muzzle and the head is narrow and strong. The short, smooth coat is golden rust and the eye color blends with the coat; the nose is brown. The long, thin ears are rounded at the ends. The tail is docked. They may have white markings on the chest or toes.


is a lively and good natured dog. It makes an excellent hunter but is affectionate and gentle in the home. It can be sensitive.


Adapted to all types of hunting, it has an exceptional sense of small and a masterful retrieval over any terrain, even marshes. It is known and esteemed beyond the confines of its native Hungary.

Health Concerns

Allergies, cancer, epilepsy, eye problems, hip dysplasia, thyroid disorder, von Willebrand?s disease .

Additional Information

The breed does best with an active owner in a rural or suburban home.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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