Personality:Gentle, affectionate, energetic and eager

Coat & Grooming:The beautiful short, smooth coat is low-maintenance but needs regular brushing

Energy Level:Very Active; Born hunting dogs built for long days in the field, Vizslas are athletes who thrive on hard exercise

Originally: Hungary

Nicknames: None

Size: Medium

Meet the Vizsla

​The Vizsla (pronounced VEESH-la) is easily recognized by its unique golden-rust coat. The male stands 22 to 24 inches at the highest point of the shoulder, females 21 to 23 inches. Vizslas are powerfully built, but should not appear to be heavy and clunky. They’re the picture of a lean, light-footed, and elegant hunter’s companion. The long silky ears frame a facial expression that’s sensitive and loving around the house and intense when at work.

What's Their Story?

​The Vizsla was developed by the Magyars, Asian invaders on horseback who swept into Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire about 1,500 years ago. The Magyars, and their neat-looking red dogs, settled in the land now known as Hungary. During their long history in Europe, Vizslas became famous as swift, all-purpose hunting dogs who could be counted on to do just about anything they were asked. In modern times, that same can-do attitude has won Vizslas generations of fans here in America.

What are they Like?

​As a hunter bred to work closely with humans, Vizslas form a tight bond with their owners. These dogs want to be part of the family and hate to be left alone. Dogs of many talents, Vizslas excel at all kinds of sports and activities. They’re up for anything, if they can do it with their human. An expert on the breed tells us, “If you don’t have the time to encourage this breed’s full use of its brain, you’re wasting a good dog.”

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