Hungarian Vizsla



Hungarian Vizsla Shorthaired

Hungarian Vizsla Shorthaired/ Hungarian Shorthaired Pointing Dog

vizsla11is an old Hungarian breed. It was developed by breeding pointer with scenthound, even it is very probable that other pointing breed participated in breeding as well, most probably German Shorthaired Pointer and, as the standard says, also some hound breeds of Hungarian origin. By this combination the noble breed has been created, outstanding not only from the exterier point of view, but very performing breed as well, carrying all characteristics of its ancestors: temperament of pointer and abilities for tracking from the scenthound. Hungarian Vizsla is at the same time a passionate retriever, what may be the influence of further breeding with other pointing breeds. Even now we can find dogs with majority of abilities for some kind of work. In the same way we can find vizslas who like to work in the water as well as vizslas who seem not to like it.
Hungarian Vizsla is easy to control and to train. It matures relatively late and that` s why it usually begins to point later than other pointing breeds.

Hungarian Vizsla has been bred from several dog breeds. In 9th century Hungarians brought with them to the Carpatian lowland some breed of hunting dogs of eastern type. These dogs were bred with native hunting dogs. From the hunting breed created by this breeding hungarian hunters bred the dogs used for hunting with falcons. These dogs were later in 15th and 16th century (when Turks occupated part of the Hungary) used for breeding with yellow-coloured Turkisch dogs of East type. The Hungarian family Zay began to breed Hungarian Vizslas which fit todays description in 18th century in Zayngroc, from the selected line with required hunting qualities. Hungarian Vizsla was up to the 20th century the most popular hunting dog in the Carpathian lowland. In the second half of the 19th century into some lines there was mixed the blood of Pointer, German Shorthaired Pointer, Hannoverian hound and sometimes English Setter and other similar dogs of Balkan origin to improve the hunting qualities. The blood of Hungarian Vizsla began to  refresh in 1917 in Kaposvar and since then it is purebred breeded. Nowadays because of outstanding hunting qualities it is a popular hunting dog even in other countries.

General appearance :
Medium-sized, shorthaired, noble pointer of inconspicuous appearance, with middle-strong muscles. The head is dry, the ears hanging. The tail can be docked, but it is not necessary. The shape of the skull indicates a little that among  its ancestors there were also hounds. Movement is smart and spatial. The look is lively and attentive.


Body proportions:
The body proportions are little bit differnet for the dog and the bitch. The dog is shorter and stronger, the bitch is longer and more gentle. The proportions written in brackets are valid for bitches. The size of dog is 57 - 62 cm,  bitch 53 - 58 cm. The weight is 22 - 28 kg.

Proportions in %

Length of body

105 (107) of size

Minimum depth of the chest

44 (38) of size

Minimum width of the chest

33 (32) of size

Minimum circumference of the chest

117 (114) of size

Length of the head

42 (43) of size

Length of the foreface

46 (48) of the length of the head

Length of the ears

76 (75) of the length of the head

Length of the hair

0,5 - 1,5 cm




Copy of ED070177Do you like Vizsla? Are you thinking about getting a puppy?
Before you make the decission, please give careful consideration if the breed is really right for you, if its characteristics and  needs fit with your life style. If you know the breed just from the books or from the Internet, it is very good to visit a serious breeder or owner of the vizsla, where you can see the dog "live" and most of all - you can hear the "pros and cons" from the breeder. Most part of good breeders allows you such a visit willingly. It is for the good of the puppy, so that it will not be forced to go out of the household after few weeks, because the owner did not count with the amount of activity these dogs need.
So - what are vizslas like ?
They have many good qualities. They are a good tempered dogs, for which the aggressivity to people is an unknown thing. Of course, as everywhere even here you can find an exception which proves the rule, but really most of all vizslas are very friendly to people so in most cases you do not have to worry about the possibility that your dog could bite someone. Even the vizslas are very attentive and will surely warn you about someone going to or near your house, it is not a guarding dog. But its seriously sounding bark can discourage the potentional thief.
The vislas usually gets very well with children, always prepared for the game. Of course as with any other dog you should follow the rule not to leave small children unsupervised by an adult.
The Vizslas are very affectionate and they do show their love to their owner, his family and friends very openly. They are called "velcro - dogs" what means that usually they are trying to stay as close to their owner as possible. The need of constant contact with owner causes that your dog will follow you everywhere. Are you going to the bathroom? The dog is coming with you. To the toilet? The dog is sitting unhappy behind the door. Do you like your privacy and hate the feeling someone is constantly watching you ? Do not buy a Vizsla !
This habit is showing also outside as relatively pleasant thing that Vizslas are running (and how they love running!) in a visible distance. Even when hunting they usually do not run after the game for long distances, but prefer to hunt with their master as a partner, waiting for him with a body-language speaking: "come, come, quickly, went this way!...come, I will show you the way..."
As hunting dogs Vizslas belong into the group of Continental Pointing Dogs of versatile use, as they can point, find and retrieve the game. Due to its sensitive temperament they are easy trainable, but they do not tolerate rough handling. Most of them are very willing for work in water.
Despite the fact that Vizslas are hunting dogs, in last years also the number of vizslas hold as family pets is increasing, thank to their beauty, friendly temperament, easy trainability as well as relatively small need of grooming, especially shorthaired ones.