Hungarian Vizsla

Breed Details


Exercise Requirements:

Grooming Requirements:


25 kg (approx)

Life Span:

12-14 years (approx)


The Vizsla is a medium-sized hunting dog. The strong body is slightly longer than it is tall. The nose is flesh coloured in contrast with the coat. The neck is strong with no dewlap. The medium-sized eyes contrast with the coat colour. The long ears are silky thin, hanging down close to the cheeks with rounded tips. The tail is thick at the root. The front legs are straight with cat-like feet. The short, smooth coat is tight to the whole body and comes in a rusty gold colour in various shades on the body.


Vizslas are depicted on etchings that date back to the 10th century. They originate from Hungary bred by the Magyars, who used them as hunting dogs. They are thought to have descended from several types of pointers along with the Transylvanian hound, and the Turkish yellow dog (now extinct). "Vizsla" means "pointer" in the Hungarian language. The dogs worked as hunters, their superb noses and endless energy guided them to excel at catching upland games such as waterfowl and rabbit. Some of Vizsla's talents include retriever, pointer, game bird hunter, obedience competitions, agility, and watchdog.


The Vizsla is expressive, gentle, and loving. Keen and trainable to a high degree, they need mental stimulation daily. They need a patient, calm, firm hand. Reliable with children, loving to play for hours. Without extensive daily exercise, they may be too energetic and excitable for very young toddlers but are excellent for energetic kids. Able to adapt quickly to family life, and are generally good with other dogs. They are very athletic, and when lacking in exercise they may become destructive. This breed is highly trainable and very willing to please


This is an energetic working dog with enormous stamina. They need to be taken on daily, long, brisk walks or jogs. Great rollerblading or bike riding companion. In addition, it needs plenty of opportunities to run, preferably off the leash in a safe area. This smooth, shorthaired coat is easy to keep in peak condition. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo, or give a bath occasionally.