Hungarian Vizsla Breeders, Breed Clubs and History
The Hungarian Vizsla is immediately recognisable by his distinctive smooth and shiny russet gold coat together with his elegant balanced outline. His origins are obscure but he has been identified in a 14thC Hungarian manuscript. He belongs to the Hunt, Point, Retrieve group of European gundogs and is good on land and in water; the Vizsla is a fast and intelligent worker and works well in heavy cover.
The Hungarian Vizsla very nearly died out in the period between the two World Wars and was only rescued by a core of dedicated enthusiasts. In appearance he is medium sized, the dogs are between 57 – 64cm, the bitches slightly less and weigh between 48 – 66lbs. Although robust he is not heavily boned and he looks alert and interested. He is an intelligent dog and is easily trained and sees himself as part of the family.
In Hungary he is a popular pet and will adapt himself readily to an apartment or a farm. However he does expect to be with his family and objects to being left in the kennel. He can be quite vocal in protection of his family and territory, so excessive barking as a puppy should be firmly discouraged.
Rescue and Rehoming
The Breed Clubs can help if you are looking to adopt a dog. If you are having difficulties with your own dog then contact your dog’s breeder in the first instance for help.