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Group (AKC):


Country of OriginHungary
Type of coatShort, dense and straight.
Average height22.5 - 25 inches.
Average weight48.5 - 66 lbs.
Activity levelIndoors - Low, Outdoors - High
IntelligenceBrush his shorthaired coat with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo occasionally. Keep nails trimmed.
TrainabilityBasic training (not the military kind) should be introduced as a puppy. Early contact with people is needed. Easy to train as they try to please their owners. Harsh training techniques can ruin this dog, consistency in training is the best.
Compatibility with childrenYes, usually gets along with children.
CharacterGentle, responsive, alert.
Ideal home environmentBest suited for country living he does not do as well in a city or suburban life but will adapt if sufficient exercise is given.
Ideal ownerOwners need to make their authority clear from the beginning. Would make a great companion for a hunter or a jogger (but not someone who hunts joggers).
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Additional notes:

"Vizsla" means alert and responsive in the Hungarian language. It may mean "Yes, my toaster works; why do you ask?" in many Romance languages. They have become popular work, show and companion dogs in recent years. Robust but lightly built, they are great jumpers and if bored will try to escape from a yard that does not have a sufficiently high fence. Vizslas are expected to begin competing in the high jump starting with the 2004 Olympics. They are happiest when they have something to do. The Vizsla will adapt to city living, but requires long walks and human companionship as they have enormous stamina. Somewhat sensitive, they need to been handled gently. They are reliable with children and will quickly adapt to family life.

Short History:

Also known as the Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, and Ruby-Throated Sparrow (this moniker is rarely used any more), the Vizsla may trace its ancestry back to the Magyars who invaded Hungary from the east (you probably didn't realize that Hungary was once invaded by dogs!) They have descended from the Turkish Yellow Dog, the Transylvania Hound, and the Weimaraner. They were once used to hunt the vast plains of Hungary where game birds and hare (and perhaps tortoises) lived. They were only known in Hungary until after World War II.

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