Featured Breed : Vizsla
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Life Span: 10 to 14 years

Litter Size: 6 to 8

Country of Origin: Hungary

Size: The Vizsla is medium-sized dog that could stand at 22 to 25 inches for males and 21 to 24 inches for females. The males could weigh in approximately 45 to 66 pound and 40 to 55 pounds for females.

Coat: Generally, the coat could be described as copper/brown color, russet gold and dark sandy gold. Other typical variation in the breed’s color along their back is saddle-type marks. Although some breeding programs resulted in a solid rust coat, the standard among kennel clubs is a solid golden-rust in different shadings. If you’re planning to enter your dog to a completion, ensure the follow the rules. Solid dark mahogany red and pale yellow are not allowed. Sometimes small areas of white on the fore-chest and on the neck and pie are permissible.

Character: The Vizsla is a lively, obedient, intelligent, very loving and affectionate with a sensitive side. They need a great deal of companionship. They tend to express their unhappiness by destructive chewing and barking. They also need to socialize with people or other dogs. Otherwise, they can be shy, which they can be difficult to live with.

Appearance: The Vizsla is a short-coated medium-sized aristocratic hunting dog. They are known for their distinguished by their taut muscles and attractive reddish-brown color. The Vizsla is a lean dog that has defined muscles, and is observed to share similar physical characteristics with the Weimaraner. The Vizsla’s athletic build is apparent when it can use its abundant energy via hunting, running, and other forms of physical activity.

History: A thousand years ago, the ancestors of the Vizsla were the originally thought to be the trusted and favorite hunting dogs of the Magyar hordes, which swarmed over Central Europe what is now known as Hungary. They were an aristocratic dog who accompanied warlords and barons. For centuries, the land-owning aristocratic owners kept the breed’s hereditary tradition pure and continued to develop the breed’s hunting ability. The breed is depicted among the primitive stone etchings that display a Magyar hunter with his falcon and his Vizsla. A 10th century manuscripts also mentions this breed.
This breed started arriving in the US during the closing moments of WWII. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed on November 25, 1960.

Health Issues: Although the Vizsla is considered to be generally healthy and robust dog, there are some breeding programs that may have passed on the diseases such as Canine Epilepsy, Sebaceous adenitis, and Hip dysplasia. With 9,800 X-rays evaluated by The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated, over 7% were diagnosed with Hip dysplasia and Elbow dysplasia.

Temperament: According to AKC, the Vizsla is a lively, gentle-mannered, demonstrably affectionate, and sensitive breed. They bond to their owners, especially to children, instantly. They are often coined as “velcro” dogs due to their loyalty and affection. They are quite dogs, barking on when necessary or provoked. They sometimes cry when they feel neglected or when they want something. They thrive on attention, exercise, and interaction.
The Vizsla has an independent spirit of all pointing breeds, a trait that is required for a natural hunter. They are also excellent retrievers. They can retrieve both on land and in water. But they should have ample training before performing any of the said pointing and retrieving activities.

Care: Since this breed is very active, they require a high-level of daily exercises. Give them doggy puzzles to keep them mentally engaged. They can form bonds easily, and they are well known to sleep in bed with their bed. Bear this in mind when you want them to have this mentality as they will expect this even beyond their “puppy” stage. Since they are prone to “separation anxiety,” train them early to keep them at bay while you are away.

Training: The Vizsla can be trained easily and quickly. This highly-intelligent animal does not tolerate rough treatment. Use positive reinforcement when training this magnificent creature. The early Hungarians learned that persuasion and not roughness was the key to training the breed. Start training them as pup to get the best results. Be prepared to show calm-assertive leadership at all times. They may not be dominant dogs, but they can test their boundaries, especially if they are not getting enough exercise.

Activity: Since this is generally a hunting dog, the Vizsla needs at least an hour each day of vigorous activity to maintain their health and happiness. If they don’t have enough activity, they become neurotic and destructive. Take them to a park to stroll or run around. They can even carry something on their backs when you are going out for an errand. They prefer to do strenuous activities with the family they love.

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