- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: low
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: chill
- Registered?: aca, akc
Vizsla Breed Profile
The “Velcro Vizsla” is a vibrant and loving family or hunting dog. Also known as the Hungarian Pointer, this dog breed has a long history dating back to 10th century Hungary. The Vizsla was used in the development of other dog breeds, such as the Weimaraner and German Shorthaired Pointer. This dog breed is a great scenting dog and as strong and athletic a pointer breed as there is. The Vizsla has been recognized by the AKC in their Sporting Group since 1960 and is a moderately popular dog breed in the United States.
The Vizsla makes a great family dog. They are mild-mannered and great with children and other dogs. Early socialization with children is recommended so the Vizsla does not overwhelm smaller/younger children with their energy. Also, a key to good behavior in this breed is gentle but firm training, as they are a very intelligent and sensitive dog breed.
The Vizsla will adapt to a lot of things, but living in an apartment is not one of them. This dog breed needs room to move and exercise. They can handle some alone time, but prefer a lot of human interaction. They are sensitive dogs, so if you will have a life full of visitors coming and going to your home, make sure your Vizsla is used to that early on.
This dog breed can be a good fit for novice dog owners because of their sweet and gentle personalities. The Vizsla will react great to positive and rewarding training, which should go well when paired with their intelligence.
The Vizsla is a generally healthy dog breed. Some of the potential health issues that you may see with this breed include the skin condition known as Sebaceous Adenitis, which is an inflammatory skin issue. This dog breed is also at risk for epilepsy. Genetic testing of the parents can help reduce the risk of these illnesses appearing in future generations.
Heavy grooming is not a worry with this dog breed. They will require weekly brushing, but do not carry a strong “dog” odor. The smooth coat will benefit from being wiped with a damp cloth as well.
Pure energy – that is the Vizsla. These sporting dogs require an active lifestyle and will not be okay with being a couch potato. Keep in mind that an under-exercised dog can become misbehaved, destructive, and downright disobedient.
The Vizsla should weigh between 40 and 65 pounds and be between 21 and 25 inches tall.
This dog breed usually lives 12-15 years.