Helpful Information on the Vizsla Dog Breed

Vizsla Dog Breed

Vizsla Dog Breed

The Vizsla dog breed is a highly recognizable sporting dog breed.  His short smooth coat is golden rust colored and can be easily distinguished from afar.  His body is lithe but strong standing at about 21 to 24 inches tall and weighing about 45 to 65 pounds.  The Vizsla dog breed has a lean but muscular head, a moderately wide skull, and his muzzle is slightly longer than his skull.  His ears are long, but not overly so, and low-set.  The tail of the Vizsla dog breed is carried near horizontal and is 1/3 docked.  The feet of the Vizsla dog breed are cat-like in that they are round and compact.  His eyes are generally about the same color as his coat and his nose is generally brown.

The Vizsla dog breed was developed in Hungary.  It is believed that his ancestors were various dog breeds collected across Europe by the Magyar hordes who eventually settled in the Hungary about a thousand years ago.  The Magyar who primarily hunted for food developed a versatile hunting dog.  When they settled, they settled the Hungarian plains and still needed a versatile hunting dog for tracking and pointing small prey.

In the 18th century, the Vizsla dog breed was further developed and refined and found favor with barons and warlords.  The Vizsla dog breed declined after World War I, but regained some popularity around the world after World War II when the Hungarians fled Russia.  Many dogs found their way to Austria where most Hungarians settled, but some found their way across Europe and to the United States.  The good hunting qualities and easy temperament of the Vizsla dog breed made him popular enough in the United States that he was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1960.

While the Vizsla dog breed is a great all-purpose gun dog, he is also a great family companion and does very well as an indoor pet.  He can be excitable at times, but is overall very gentle, loving, and playful with every member of the family.  He does well with other dogs and is good with children.  The Vizsla dog breed is generally easy to train and obedient.  He can be stubborn at times and may shut down if training is harsh.  Positive reinforced training is best with this dog breed in order to overcome his mildly willful and sensitive nature.

The Vizsla dog breed needs daily strenuous exercise.  With is playful nature, you can play arduous games of fetch and take him on daily walks, or take him with you on daily jogs.  Grooming requirements of the Vizsla dog breed requires less attention than exercise.  He only needs an occasional brushing to pick out loose hairs.

As with most purebred dog breeds, the Vizsla dog breed is susceptible to a few genetic hereditary health issues.  Hip dysplasia is common with all large dog breeds, the Vizsla being no exception.  The risk of hip dysplasia can be reduced by making sure that both parents have been certified with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).  The Vizsla dog breed is also prone to a neural brain disorder called epilepsy and lymphosarcoma (cancer affecting lymphatic cells).

If you are looking for a good dog and/or a great family dog, the Vizsla dog breed is perfect.  Although he may not be the best guard dog, his relations with your other pets and his gentleness with your small children more than make up for this slight deficiency.  To make a Vizsla dog breed a member of your family, check with shelters, dog rescue groups, or research for a reputable breeder.  A reputable breeder will have both parents OFA certified and the breeder will most likely be a member of the Vizsla Club of America.

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