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Breed Profile: Vizsla


Vizsla Dog Breed Photo - Picture of Vizsla Photo © Toby Rhinehart




The Vizsla's history likely dates back to about the 10th century or earlier. The breed descended from hunting dogs that were developed in the region of Europe that later became known as Hungary. Fine tuned over hundreds of years as excellent hunters and superior companions, Vizslas possess the traits of both pointers and retrievers.

The Vizsla was not brought to the US until the 1950s, in part due to World War II. The breed was officially registered with the AKC in 1960.


Females: 45-55 pounds
Males: 55-65 pounds


Varying shades of rust; may have some white markings on chest and/or feet

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to develop hereditary conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

About the Breed:

The Vizsla is an elegantly streamlined dog with a muscular but lean physique. This medium to large dog is hard-working, agile, energetic and extremely friendly.

Many refer to these these beautiful dogs as redheads. The lovely golden rust coat of the Vizsla is very short and requires little care. However, the breed does shed at a moderate rate. Basic routine grooming is recommended, paying attention to the ears to prevent buildup of debris.

The Vizsla is a highly active dog that needs plenty of exercise, preferably several times daily. This breed thrives on human companionship and is often referred to as a "Velcro dog." The Vizsla's energy level and desire for attention makes it very responsive to proper training.

The Vizsla is a friendly and versatile dog with lots of energy. The breed's main requirement is companionship. Some Vizsla owners report fear of thunderstorms and other loud noises, but in general the breed has an even-tempered personality. Vizslas tend to get along well with children and other dogs, making them ideal companions for very active individuals and families.

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