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Physical Characteristics


Breed Group:

Sporting/Gun Dogs


40 – 65 pounds


22 – 24 inches


The Vizsla is copper, or brown colored, occasionally with small white patches on chest and toes.


There are two coat varieties: smooth-haired and wire-haired. Both varieties are single coated and therefore susceptible to cold.



A vizsla is distinguished by its slim yet robust build. This breed was selected to be athletic, and is known as excellent hunting dogs as well as faithful companions. Vizslas have gentle and affectionate disposition, and become bonded with their owners quickly.

Country of Origin:



The ancestors of modern Vizslas were hunting companions of the Magyan tribe. They were used primarily to hunt large games such as wild boars. These hunting dogs were used to develop the modern Vizsla, as well as some other pointer breeds. The Vizsla has faced extinction a number of times, and has since been re-established in the late 19th century. The wire-haired variety was created in the 1930s.


The Vizsla is also known as the Hungarian Vizsla or Magyar Vizsla.


Vizslas are highly affectionate and become very attached to their owners. They are also very intelligent, and thrive on interaction with human companions. They are quiet and sensitive, and therefore do not tolerate harsh treatments well. Their gentle tempers make them great pets in families with children.



Vizslas have a natural ability to understand and obey commands. They are also excellent retrievers that love to fetch. Like with any dog breed consistency and firmness are required when training, although care must be taken not to be too harsh since Vizslas are considered a softer breed.


Vizslas require a fair amount of exercise. An adult vizsla would need 30 to 60 minutes of exercise in an off-leash area every day. They also enjoy swimming.


Vizslas require a lot of exercise and attention to meet their physical and mental needs. They cannot be left outside for long periods of time because of their need for companionship; furthermore, they do not handle cold weather too well. Otherwise they are fairly low-maintenance, and will be healthful and loving companions for a long time.


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