Two World Wars threatened to wipe out the Hungarian Vizsla breed, but it has re-established itself as a good all-round working dog

The Hungarian Vizsla looks like a mixture of Pointer and Retriever and also bears a resemblance to the Wiemaraner. There is much debate over the breed and its origins, with some believing that the modern-day Vizsla is the result of crossing a Wiemararner with various pointers.

The earliest reliable records describe rust-gold Vizslas found in Hungary in the 11th and 12th centuries. Throughout the centuries this breed is documented as having been used as an aid in falconry.

The breed suffered a decline in popularity towards the end of the 19th century, with only a dozen or so dogs remaining. In order to save the breed, many believe that the remaining Vizslas were mated with pointers to improve the gene pool of existingdogs.

The Vizsla then suffered further setbacks with the onset of the two World Wars that ravaged Hungary. A large proportion of the country’s Vislas were destroyed in the wars, however some managed to escape along with their ownersand the breed was able to re-establish itself.

Physical attributes

Medium-sized and elegantly proportioned, they have a lively temperament but are trainable. They make excellent all-purpose gundog as they have an excellent nose and demonstrate good pointing, retrieving and water skills.

  • Lean and noble head with strong, powerful jaws
  • Short, level back, well muscled with high withers
  • Short, straight thick coat which is smooth and shiny
  • Great stamina

Training

They have proved themselves as good all-round gundogs, but it should be remembered that they won’t be able to do all the jobs as well as a specialist dog.

The Vizsla is an intelligent dog with an excellent memory. They are sensitive and require gentle but firm handling.

They form a strong attachment to owners and prefer to be a part of the household rather than a kennel dog.

Vizslas are an exuberant and expressive breed. They need plenty of exercise, mental stimulation and individual attention.

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