Also called Hungarian Vizsla, or simply Vizsla, is a dog that has stood out as a hunter for years. Fortunately nowadays it is a dog that stands out in all kinds of activities and exercises. Its good sense of smell and great fondness for water make this dog an excellent companion for dynamic and active people.
There are two types of Magyar Vizsla, which differ by their coat. A short haired, and a hard and rough haired.
The Magyar Vizsla was taken to Hungary from Asia approximately between the years 896 to 900, when the region began to get populated. It arrives then together with the remaining breeds now known as Hungarians, all of them working breeds (the Kuvasz and Komondor breeds were used as field guardians and shepherding dogs, and the Polish and Pumi breeds were used to herd herds of cattle, sheep and horses).
On the one hand and for the same time in Western Europe especially in England and Spain, hunters bred “specialist” specimens in each specific activity, achieving excellent exponents for each type of hunting. This type of breeding was favored by the great economic power of those who then began to practice hunting, and also for the great space in farms and fields.
On the other hand in Central Europe, since medieval times, Hungarian Lords used the Vizsla to locate and point the preys while hunting with falcons. Later, and after the discovery of the gunpowder, hunters (now armed with shotguns) started developing and improving the pointing instinct, along with the other virtues of the breed. The work in water, the collection and delivery of the pieces was also improved. It was used for both small and big game hunting.
Heght bitch: 57~64 cm / Height male: 53~60 cm
Weight bitch: 20~25 kg / Weight male: 25~30 kg
The Vizsla is robust and short-backed. It has wired coat, flattened, strong, thick and dull. It has a muscular head and a square snout that gradually narrows. Its ears are thin, silky and long and its eyes, brown and oval. The tail, low-set, is thick in the base and accustomed to reach the height of the hock. In countries where it is allowed it is usually docked to a quarter of its length. Its coat is short, smooth, thick, rough and sand tawny colored.
The Vizsla is intelligent, loyal, affectionate and balanced. It’s very energetic; it likes running and playing in the company of its owners. It gets on well with children as long as they treat it with respect. It is a docile, obedient dog, and easy to train.
Although the Vizsla is a very athletic outdoor dog, it is recommended to have it inside the house with the family, as it is very sensitive and does not like being separated from its people. It should exercise frequently; if it gets bored it can become a bit destructive.
The Vizsla does not suffer specific illnesses; the problems that affect it are the common in many breeds: allergies, entropion and ectropion, Cryptorchidism and Monorquidism.
You can download the FCI (International Cinological Federation) standard at the following link: http://www.fci.be/Nomenclature/Standards/239g07-en.pdf
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