The Hungarian Vizsla is a sleek, muscular, medium-sized hunting dog with a beautiful rusty-gold colored short coat. In Hungarian “Vizsla” means alert and responsive. It is robust but lightly built. In the past few years this breed has become a popular work, show and companion dog. This is an active, energetic working dog with enormous stamina. It is reliable with children and will quickly adapt to family life. The Vizsla is a fine retriever with an excellent nose, and is a good small game and bird hunter and pointer – even on marshy terrain.
Russet gold; small white marks on chest and feet acceptable.
The coat is short, dense and straight. It is easy to keep in peak condition. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
Prone to hip dysplasia.
The Vizsla is loving, demonstrative and gentle. It is somewhat willful and distractible, but smart and trainable. It makes an excellent gun dog and watchdog. It is easy to train, as it loves to please its owner. This dog is sensitive; it needs to be handled gently; it needs a patient, firm hand. Harsh training techniques can ruin this dog; consistency in training is the best.
The Vizsla needs to be socialized at an early age to get the dog accustomed to noises. This breed is reliable with children, able to adapt quickly to family life, and is generally good with other dogs. The Vizsla is energetic and athletic; it must receive sufficient exercise or it may become destructive or neurotic. This breed is gentle, friendly and makes an excellent family dog. This dog has many talents such as: tracking, retrieving, pointing, watchdogging and competitive obedience. It needs plenty of opportunity to run, preferably off the leash, and a lot of regular exercise.
Best suited for country living, it does best with at least an average-sized fenced yard. This dog is a great jumper and if bored will try to escape from a yard that does not have a sufficiently high fence. It doesn’t do as well in a city or suburban life but will adapt if sufficient exercise is given. It would make a great companion for a hunter or a jogger.