Hungarian Vizsla

Hungarian Vizsla

This article also relates to: Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

The Hungarian Vizsla originates from...

Falling within the 'gundog' branch of canines, the Hungarian Vizsla, meaning 'pointer' derives from the central regions of Hungary where it was traditionally partnered with falcons in hunting. This relatively rare breed is referenced as early as the 10th century and is believed to have arisen from the Hungarian Magyars, who bred the Vizsla for the purposes of hunting, pointing and retrieving. In early history, the Vizsla became popular with Hungary's elite barons who appreciated the breed's unique capabilities, and then with the outbreak of WWI, was widely utilised as a dependable messenger dog, tracking back and forth over dangerous terrain in order to reach its recipient. Hungary's National Dog was officially recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1960.

The Hungarian Vizsla is characterised by...

The Vizsla has two cousins - the Wire-Haired Vizsla and the extremely rare Long-Haired Vizsla, which is not registered anywhere in the world. The breed is characterised by a lean, medium-sized build, with a tapering muzzle and large 'drop' ears. Despite being an illegal practice in most countries across Europe, the process of tail 'docking' is often undertaken with the breed, although such is not a breed standard. Common in all-over colour variations of tan and rusty-gold, the Vizsla needed to be disguised by the tall grassland and cornfield plains when scenting and searching out game birds. Its natural colouring may have aided this.

The average Hungarian Vizsla...

Possessing keen senses, vigilance and agility, the Vizsla was capable of enduring long periods of coursing and hunting; the modern breed retains these qualities, remaining highly active and determined, often to the point of boisterous and stubborn. Such traits require careful management and firm leadership from an early age. Despite this, the Hungarian Vizsla is highly trainable, loyal and affectionate, making the ideal house dog for families or a dedicated sole owner. The Vizsla weighs an average of 20-30 kg, with a life expectancy of 10-12 years when shown the appropriate care.


Typically healthy, the Vizsla is prone to hip dysplasia along with most other breeds. No known genetic or breed-specific diseases are documented for the breed.

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Our Hungarian Vizsla owners' thoughts

Added on 09/01/2018
Joined 28/10/2008
From Rhondda Cynon Taff, United Kingdom

Vizsla lab cross. Gorgeous dog. Naughty but playful. Very loyal. Wouldn’t be without him.

Added on 26/04/2018

Luna our first Vizsla , she's everything that we read about, we couldn't imagine life without her, she has made our life complete.
we had good advise beforehand, socialising is a must, puppy training, if you want to have a good relationship, as you and your dog learn together.
we had a crate for the first year, which was good for her health and well being.
plenty of toys !!
Take her in the car as soon as you can to get used to traveling , we drive to Spain with her , she's so good
As the saying goes ,you reap what you sow !!

Added on 15/05/2019
Joined 02/11/2015
From Dorset, United Kingdom

The breed is not for the faint hearted. They need company and to be kept occupied as they are essentially a working breed. They love people but not suitable to be left for long periods. They need a home with genuine lifetime commitment

Added on 30/12/2019
Joined 12/11/2015
From Surrey, United Kingdom

Super intelligent breed, so start training as soon as possible - we had Amber in obedience classes as soon as she was vaccinated, we also did Agility, Gundog and Scent training to keep her stimulated (otherwise she would be mischevious, destructive and a bit of a tazmanian devil when bored).
Crate trained (still using a crate at 8years old) as its her "safe place"
Definately live up to their "velcro" nickname - when settled in the house Amber always has to have contact..

Added on 15/01/2022
Joined 15/01/2022
From N/A, United Kingdom

Love our 7month old WirehairedViszla .He's been so good with everything no chewing and clean in the house ,very loving to the point he grabs you with front paws like arms .He has had great recall and still does when no dogs or people are about but just lately he has deaf ears so it's back to training lead .We think it's that adolescent period .Here's hoping it passes quickly .