Breed Highlight: Vizslas

The Vizsla

The Vizsla is a highly energetic dog that can do it all with style and grace. Not only is the breed a talented hunting dog, but he’s also capable of excelling in many other fields, including agility and search and rescue work. We will discuss this breed to help you determine if it is ideal for you and your family.

The Vizsla

Vital Stats of Vizslas

Vital stats of this breed include the following:

  • Dog breed group: Sporting
  • Height: 21 to 24 inches at the shoulder
  • Weight: 50 to 65 pounds
  • Lifespan: 10 to 14 years

Physical Characteristics of Vizslas

Physical Characteristics of Vizslas

The Vizsla has certain physical characteristics that distinguish it from other dog breeds. Some of these characteristics include its lightweight and muscular body and its short, smooth rust-colored coat.

Additionally, this breed covers ground stealthily and elegantly. His gait is quick, which enables him to run and at very high speeds.

Care for Vizslas

Vizslas are social in nature and love human companionship. Lack of exercise can make this breed become restless.

While Vizslas can survive outdoors in temperate weather, he needs to be inside when it is frigid outside. Occasional combing is necessary to free this dog of it dead hear.

Health of Vizslas

Similar to any other breed, the Vizsla is prone to specific health problems. Health problems that affect this breed include the following:

  • epilepsy
  • blood clotting disorders (von Wilebrand’s disease, hemophilia
  • eye disorders (entropion, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy)
  • hip dysplasia
  • hypothyroidism
  • cancers such as lymphosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma

History of Vizslas

History of Vizslas

The Vizsla was developed in Hungary as a hunting dog capable of pointing and retrieving. One of the most interesting facts about this breed’s past is that he once hunted in partnership with falcons. He would point and flush out the bird for the falcon, who would then dive and bring it to the Earth.

This breed also served as messenger dogs during World War I. However, the privations of the era nearly put an end to the breed. They didn’t fare much better during World War II. Fortunately, the Vizsla was saved from extinction, and Americans began taking interest in the breed in the 1950s. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the Vizsla in 1960.

Today, the breed is more than just a hunting dog and companion. Some work as guide dogs, drug-detection canines, and search and rescue dogs.


For more information on the Vizsla or other dog breeds, don’t hesitate to contact us here at All Pets Veterinary Medical Center with the link below!

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