The Hungarian Vizsla is a hunting breed which originated in Hungary. The breed’s ancestors can be traced back to 9th century Hungary; they were a toy breed used by tribesmen to hunt rats. The breed has neared extinction several times in its history, first when they were overrun by Pointers in the 1800s, and then after World War II. They survived and became founders for breeds such as the German Shorthaired Pointer and the Weimaraner. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960.
The Hungarian Vizsla is a medium sized, fairly robust yet lean dog which stands 21 to 25 inches and weighs 40 to 65 pounds on average. The breed has well-defined muscles and a docked tail. Its coat is usually a golden to red color with small areas of white on its chest and toes.
The breed can be lively and hyper, yet still well behaved and affectionate. The Vizsla is often very loyal to its owner to the point that it can be clingy. The breed lives for attention and interaction. It needs a great amount of exercise in order for it to be happy and not destructive. The breed, if properly trained can be an excellent pet. The Vizsla loves to swim and play outdoors, but it is not suited for outdoor living due to its lack of undercoat.
Other than its need for regular exercise, the Hungarian Vizsla is fairly low maintenance. It only needs to be bathed once every other month, generally.
The breed may have one of several genetic illnesses, which can include: dysphagia-megaoesophagus, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, sebaceous adenitis, digestive problems, eye problems and epilepsy.