Wednesday, December 9, 2015


This is a breed with a very long history.  They were the favorite hunting dogs of the 10th-century Magyar tribes from the Carpathian Basin in the present-day country of Hungary.  There are ancient stone etchings in that area showing Magyar hunters with their falcons and their Vizsla-like dogs.

The aristocracy, who owned all the land, kept the blood of the Vizsla pure for many centuries.  The breed survived the Turkish occupation (1526-1696), the Hungarian Revolution (1848-49), World Wars I and II, and the Soviet Period.  But by the end of World War II, the Vizsla had reached near-extinction.  

By that point, only about a dozen dogs of true type could be found in Hungary.  These were bred carefully to bring the breed back to prominence.  Various strains of Vizslas were developed by people who wanted dogs to fit their own hunting styles.  Other countries where Vizslas were commonly bred included Romania, Austria, Slovakia, and Serbia.

Wire-haired Vizsla.
Photo:  Noveczki Katalin

Vizslas started arriving in the U.S. soon after World War II.  As the breed became more popular, the Vizsla Club of America was formed, and they began registering foundation stock with the AKC.  On November 25, 1960, the Vizsla became the 115th breed that the AKC recognized.

© Briantresp 

The Vizsla was used to help develop some other breeds such as the Weimaraner, Wire-haired Vizsla, and German Shorthair Pointer.  These same breeds, along with other pointer-type dogs, may have been used at the end of the 19th century to help re-establish the Vizsla breed.

Photo:  Noveczki Katalin

Vizslas are medium-sized, lean and muscular, and have a short coat.  Males are 22"-25" tall and weigh 45-66 pounds.  Females are 21"-24" tall and weigh between 40 and 55 pounds.  The standard coat color for the breed is a solid golden-rust or rust color.  Darker or lighter colors are disqualifications in the show ring.  A little bit of white on the chest, neck, or tail are permitted, but solid color dogs are preferred.

Vizslas have brown eyes and reddish colored nose and nails.  The dogs were bred to look this way so that they are better camouflaged when hunting.  In America, the tail is docked, but this is prohibited in other countries.

In general, Vizslas are healthy, and they can live to be as old as 10 or 14.  Because of their short coats and need to interact with people, they should not be kept outdoors or in a kennel.

Vizslas have tons of energy because that's what hunting dogs need.  If they don't get enough exercise every day, they can easily become bored and destructive.  However, when they are not busy running around, Vizslas want to be close to their people, preferably in someone's lap.  They are very affectionate and gentle-mannered.  They can be easily trained for hunting, both as pointers and retrievers.

Vizslas are also well-suited for sports such as agility, tracking, and obedience.  In addition, members of the breed have been trained for drug-sniffing, as guide dogs for the blind, and as service dogs for the hearing-impaired.

Anyway, the thing about Vizslas is that they are beautiful, really affectionate dogs.  But if you don't have the time or energy to give them lots of exercise, you should probably get a different type of dog, such as maybe a cute little chihuahua.  Just saying.


  1. Hey, so cute! I love this website! Lot of useful stuff

    here about Vizslas too:

  2. My Vizsla is now 5 years old and he has been my running, trekking and camping buddy for some time now. This agile dog does not disappoint and will gladly run the extra mile because it is so active and strong. A lot of people admire this breed when we go for our daily jog and they aren't that familiar with the breed, as well. I think for active people, this breed is the best one. If you have questions and other information you would like to know, see this link:

    1. Thanks for writing a comment about your vizsla, who sounds like a great dog! Also thanks for the link with the good breed information.