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Vizsla

Vizsla

A Good Watchdog

Affectionate companion, Loves to hunt

Vizslas are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Vizslas, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Vizsla and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Height:Male: 22-24" Female: 21-23" Weight:45-65 lb Lifespan:10-14 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Grooming: Brush her coat at least weekly.

Dental: Vizslas generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Routine Care: She's a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

  • Care

    Grooming: Brush her coat at least weekly.

    Dental: Vizslas generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

    Routine Care: She's a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

  • Characteristics

    The Vizsla loves her family and isn’t afraid to show it! Known for her expressive affection and companionship, she makes a great addition to an active family.

    Positive Traits:

    • Good watchdog with a loud bark

    • Energetic, active, and athletic

    • An excellent family dog that loves human companionship

    • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

    • Above average intelligence and trainability when positive reinforcement training methods are used

    • Excellent hunting dog

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

    • Overprotective of family and territory if not socialized properly

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

    • Needs frequent attention from her family


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Vizsla to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Vizsla will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Vizsla you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Vizsla could encounter: 

    Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia
    Bleeding Disorders
    Epilepsy
    Eye Problems
    Glaucoma
    Cataracts

  • History

    The name Vizsla is Hungarian for pointer. After near extinction in the early 1900s, she was revived when a few of her ancestors were exported to North America during the 1950s. Vizslas are hunting dogs, bred for bird and upland game retrieving. They are well-suited for obedience and agility activities. When she’s not working, she loves to go for a walk or a jog with her pet parent. Vizslas have an average life span of 12-14 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Vizsla shows signs of the following:

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink
    • Bruises easily or bleeds a lot from a small wound
    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
    • Cloudiness to eye lens
    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
    • General reluctance to run or play
    • Stiffness or reluctance to rise/sit/use stairs
    • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws
    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
    • Any new or changing lumps or bumps
    • Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss
    • Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse
    • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not
    • Anxiety, destructive behaviors, vocalization, hiding, panting, drooling

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To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Dog Breed Guide Reference page.

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