Vizsla Dog Breed Facts & Information

Adopting a dog is a huge commitment. Before settling on a breed, you need to find the right one for you. One that fits your lifestyle! Details like size, energy level, and personality can really affect not only your home but the happiness of your new furry friend. Doing your due diligence and researching is a great way to start off the adoption process! If you have the right kind of life for a gentle, affectionate, and energetic dog, then you might want to consider the Vizsla.

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The Basics

The vizsla is a medium-sized dog with an adult male weighing 55-60 pounds and a female weighing in between 44-55 pounds, according to the American Kennel Club. Male vizslas can be up to 24 inches tall and females can get up to 23 inches tall. Life expectancy of the vizsla is 14 years.

Vizslas have a short-coat with a very distinguished, lean appearance. They are robust but lightly built with strong jaws and well-developed teeth. Their floppy ears make for an adorable face coated in their reddened fur.

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The History

The vizsla's history stems back to the 10th century. The ancestors of the vizsla are assumed to have been hunters from Central Europe and then settled in what is now Hungary. The breed is a favorite among dog enthusiasts and was admitted to the AKC registry in 1960.

The vizsla is in the company of the golden retriever, Labrador retriever, and the cocker spaniel in the sporting class dog breed group.

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The Personality

Vizsla's need daily physical exercise. The vizsla is a hunter by design. They are built to locate, point, and retrieve game. The Vizsla thrives as part of an active family that provides daily exercise. He is lively and affectionate to his people and possesses an above-average ability to take training.

Most vizslas can be stubborn, but others can tend to be timid. They are gentle, affectionate, and sensitive, and also protective. They make great companions for active owners who spend a lot of time outdoors, according to Animal Planet.

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The Appearance

The Vizsla has a noble appearance and is well proportioned. They don a rust-colored coat with short, smooth hair for easy low-maintenance grooming. Since their hair is so short and their body so lean, they should not be left outside during the winter months.

They are often very muscular and stoic — even statuesque at times in their stance. The Viszla is an attractive dog who wins out often at dog shows.

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Vizsla essential facts:

  • Personality: Gentle, affectionate, energetic and eager

  • Energy Level: Very active

  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary

  • Shedding: Seasonal

  • Grooming: Occasional

  • Good with Children: Yes

  • Trainability: Eager To Please

  • Height: 22-24 inches (male), 21-23 inches (female)

  • Weight: 55-60 pounds (male), 44-55 pounds (female)

  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Interested in other breeds? Check out this article about Labradors and this list of different working dogs.