The Vizsla, or Hungarian Pointer, originated from Hungary. Between World War I and World War II, the Vizsla became almost extinct. The Hungarian people who fled to escape the Russian occupation in 1945 smuggled these beloved dogs out of the country. The Vizsla name means alert and responsive, cherished by the landowning aristocracy for its hunting abilities, its majestic appearance, and warm personality. The Hungarian Pointer is thought to be one of the oldest sporting breeds – a hunter and companion.
Males: 22 to 24 inches, 55 to 65 pounds
Females: 21 to 23 inches, 45 to 55 pounds
” That of a medium-sized short-coated hunting dog of distinguished appearance and bearing. Robust but rather lightly built: the coat is an attractive solid golden rust. This is a dog of power and drive in the field yet a tractable and affectionate companion in the home. It is strongly emphasized that field conditioned coats, as well as brawny or sinewy muscular condition and honorable sores indicating a working and hunting dog are never to be penalized in this dog. The qualities that make a “dual dog” are always to be appreciated, not depreciated.” (from the AKC Breed Standard)
Color – golden rust. The coat is short and close lying without undercoat.
Vizslas are very friendly, affectionate, and loyal dogs. These dogs don’t make good kennel dogs, they need to be active and stretch their legs. Also great house dogs, perfect for your hunters and children. These dogs like to hunt close, will point, and retrieve. Primarily used for hunting pheasant, quail, and grouse. They are quick and eager learners, and they want to please you. Vizsla’s love warmth and can often be found basking in the sun. Vizslas need to be a part of the family and at times will follow you from room to room. For some people this attachment can be overwhelming. We personally greatly enjoy having a dog that wants to be with you and please you.
Care and Health Concerns
Vizslas have gorgeous, soft, rust-colored coats that require very little up keep. They do shed, but have very little odor.
Vizslas are an exceptionally healthy breed often living over 14 years.
Vizslas are susceptible to hip dysplasia. X-rays must be taken after the age of 24 months. When purchasing a puppy, make sure that both parents have been OFA certified.