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The Vizsla originated in Hungary as a sporting dog for pointing and retrieving.
Hungarian history and stone etchings indicate that the ancestors of the present Vizsla were hunting dogs for the Magyar tribes as early as the 10th century.
The Vizsla line was protected by Hungarian aristocracy who continued to develop Vizsla’s hunting ability. Vizslas were brought to the United States largely after World War II.
A medium build makes them especially agile in the field, where they can be trained to swim, and aid in hunting. However Viszlas are also gentle and caring with their families.
Lean and muscular, much like Weimaraners, the Vizsla has a short reddish coat. Male Vizslas are usually 22 to 25 inches tall and 45 to 66 pounds. Female Vizslas are ususally 21 to 24 inches tall and 40 to 55 pounds.
Sometimes referred to as Velcro dogs for their love of being with family, Vizslas need to be included in as much family time as possible. The breed needs attention and lots of exercise daily.
While easy to train, Vizslas cannot be trained too harshly as they have sensitive demeanors.
An overall healthy breed, Vizsla owners should be aware of health problems found in the breed such as hip dysplasia, hemophilia and epilepsy.