Created in Hungary to work as a pointer and retriever, the Vizsla dog breed has an aristocratic bearing.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Vizsla.
The Vizsla breed has been around for more than 1000 years, and is believed to have descended from the hunting dogs used by the Magyars who settled in Hungary at the end of the 9th Century. Being a talented hunting dog the Vizsla was used to deliver messages during the Great War. However the toll and destruction of the two World Wars nearly eradicated the Vizsla, but thankfully they have endured and remain the most noticeable breed in modern Hungary.
Vizslas are medium-sized dogs weighing 45-65 lbs. A male vizsla is 22 to 24 inches at the shoulder; females are smaller at 21 to 23 inches tall. Their bodies are muscular and well proportioned. Vizslas generally mature at 1 or 2 years, although they reach their full size around 6 to 8 months.
3) Hunting Heritage
Vizslas need a large amount of interaction with people. They tolerate other dogs and cats well if properly socialized. Other pets, such as rodents, birds, and reptiles, should be kept away from the vizslas. Because of their hunting heritage, they are liable to kill such animals.
The breed requires proper, determined training. Vizslas are naturally versatile working dogs, and are quick to learn, but they have an independent mind of their own. This can make them stubborn, and they are easily distracted by exciting sights, scents, and sounds. You must show them, through absolute consistency and great patience, that you mean what you say and that they must pay attention to you. Early socialisation is also a must. If not done properly they can become shy in strange situations or conversely can become very excitable and easily startled. However if done right the breed is famed for being friendly to family, strangers and animals alike.
Described by the AKC as "gentle, affectionate, energetic, and eager," this gun dog is known for admirable traits that breeders seek to pass down through generations. Its loyal and pleasing nature make it a great hunting or family companion. The vizsla is intelligent, sensitive, and highly trainable.
6) Separation Anxiety
More than most other breeds, Vizslas need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking.
Young Vizslas (up to about two years old) romp and jump with great vigor, and things can go flying, including small children and infirm people.
The vizsla coat is short, smooth and dense with no undercoat. Considered "wash and wear," vizslas require little more than a quick rubdown with a rubber curry brush. The color is a solid golden rust (also called russet).
9) Clean Like Cats
In a way the Vizsla has more in common with cats than other dogs. No, it doesn’t purr and meow, but it’s a self-cleaning dog and has very little of the odour most other dogs possess. So the Vizsla is an ideal match for those with a sensitive nose and no desire to bathe their dog every week. Overall they are a low maintenance dog for grooming, a regular weekly brush would most likely be ample for them. However they will need their nails trimming at least once every two months. If you hear them clicking on the ground, they are getting too long! Plus this will save you getting scratches when this bouncy breeds jumps up to greet you.
While there are some health concerns including hip dysplasia and eye disease, most vizslas are healthy and strong. Reputable breeders help to ensure that this gun dog breed maintains its health, strength, and versatility.