The Vizsla is a hunting dog from Hungary. They were traditionally used as a ‘pointer’ (or standing dog), these are dogs that search for birds such as partridges and pheasants while walking upwind.
When they have found a bird, the dog tightens so that the bird does not dare to move. When the hunter is nearby it gives to hunt the bird so that he can shoot it. But meanwhile, this dog is also used for very different purposes, mainly as a house dog. We give ten fun facts about this elegant dog breed.
Origin of the Vizsla
As mentioned, the Vizsla comes from Hungary, it is a very old dog breed that probably originated about 1,000 years ago from hunting dogs that were used by the Magyars who settled in Hungary at the end of the 9th century.
The Vizsla developed on the Hungarian plains, which are rich in wildlife. In the two world wars, the Vizsla was used to deliver messages and this almost caused the breed to become extinct. Fortunately, the dogs were brought to Austria in the 1940s, where the breed was preserved.
The males Vizsla’s are between 20 and 30 kilograms, the females between 18 and 25 kilograms. They have a muscular and athletic appearance and are fully grown after 1 to 2 years.
They love people
The Vizsla is sometimes compared to Velcro, they prefer to stick to their owners. This, of course, has everything to do with these dogs being bred to cooperate with the hunter. They thrive on human attention, so it is important to train early to leave the dogs alone so they don’t develop separation anxiety.
They are smart but stubborn
Real working dogs are smart, this cannot be otherwise with a real hunting dog. If people find dogs intelligent, this means that they easily learn commands (whether this is really smart remains the question, of course) and hunting dogs must follow commands properly. But they are also known for being stubborn and easily distracted.
Vizslas are super fast
We found a list of fastest dog breeds on the internet and this places the Hungarian Vizsla in 10th place with a top speed of 40 kilometers per hour!
They want to experience something
A smart, fast, athletic, working dog, we’ve already mentioned it all and this can of course only mean one thing: this is a dog breed that wants to go outside a lot! Long walks and preferably a task, retrieving an apport, looking for something will certainly be appreciated.
They are born with blue eyes
Puppies always look cute, but if they also have big blue tubes when they first open their eyes, everyone melts away. The bright blue eyes change into beautiful orange-yellow eyes in a few months.
They have no undercoat
Unlike the Golden Retrievers and Labradors, for example, the Vizsla has no undercoat. This means they get cold faster, especially in the water and of course in winter. But it also means that their coat is much easier to groom.
As clean as a cat
The Vizsla has a short coat that sheds little hair. But it is also very nice that it is a super clean dog, they clean themselves similar to a cat. And that also ensures that they have almost no odor!
Be careful with jumping
Vizslas are energetic and athletic and especially the young dogs are known to jump up. Try to train this out, especially when greeting young children, this can be undesirable. Teach your puppy to be rewarded for greeting someone while sitting.
There is also a Vizsla with a longer coat
It is a very rare breed, in Hungary, there are about 30 litters per year, so you don’t see them often, but there is also a Vizsla with longer hairs (wire hair), known in English as the Wirehaired Vizsla. The breed was bred in 1930 by crossing the Hungarian Vizsla with a German Shorthaired Pointer. These dogs can withstand cold better than the short-haired variant.