The Vizsla is a very rare bird dog, also known as the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer. Vizslas have a truly royal posture, in fact, they were specifically bred for Hungarian aristocracy. After the World War II, this breed practically became extinct, but was rebuilt by the Hungarians in exile, who managed to smuggle abroad a few puppies.

Height: 20-26 inches  Weight: 40-60 pounds  Lifespan: 11-15 years


This medium-sized breed is hard-working and versatile. Suitable for hunting in any terrain, Vizslas are also wonderful friends and are often used as therapy dogs. The Vizsla tolerates extreme weather conditions with ease, he is agile and very strong. Comparable Breed: Italian Greyhound, Weimaraner.


The Vizsla is a friendly, lively and very affectionate dog which longs for human attention. This breed is always vigilant and extremely protective. Once it feels the danger, it barks loudly to warn its family. The Vizsla gets along well with young people, dogs and even cats. If left alone for long, the Hungarian Pointer gets bored and unrestrained. He can even suffer from separation anxiety, which can lead to destructive behavior.

Coat / Care:

There are long-haired and short-haired varieties of this breed. The short-haired Vizsla has a short, smooth, dense and tight coat and the long-haired dogs have a hard, rough and long coat, without gloss and shine. During the winter, a Hungarian Pointer grows warm undercoat on his hind legs, muzzle and ears. Coat color in this breed varies from golden to brown. Shedding is moderate so the coat requires minimal care. It is sufficient to occasionally clean the dog with a stiff brush or to wash it when necessary, using a mild soap. It is important to frequently trim the dog’s claws.

Health Problems:

This breed is fairly healthy, but may suffer from hemophilia and canine hip dysplasia. Some Vizslas can suffer from progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism and even epilepsy.


Vizslas need early socialization and obedience training. This will help them to get accustomed to house rules. The Hungarian Pointer learns with ease and is willing to please his coach. Hard training methods are useless. Really, this dog needs strict, but fair mentor.


The Vizsla is extremely active and requires tiresome exercising and mental stimulation on everyday basis. This breed is definitely not suitable for apartment living, it thrives in a spacious fenced yard. The Vizsla enjoys long walks and jogging on a leash with his owner.

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