Appearance: The Hungarian Vizsla is one of seven breeds of dogs recognized as hunters, guides and retrievers. They are hunting dogs that combine their sense of smell with their great sense of direction, as well as being good at recovering as well as enjoying working in the water. They have great endurance and are willing to work in any climate. They are medium-sized, active and noble dogs.
Weight: 20 - 30 kg.
Average lifespan: 9 - 15 years.
Temperament: They are good with children making them good companions for the family. They are also affectionate, loyal, long for human attention and do not adapt to living in kennels. It would be perfect for an active family as they have a lot of energy. They are excellent swimmers and often swim in pools if one is available.
Training: He is intelligent and eager to learn, typical of hunting dog breeds, which means they are easy to train. The training should be gentle as they are very sensitive.
Cleaning: Your coat requires minimal preparation, with a weekly brushing to remove dead hairs that will be enough to keep it healthy. However, Vizsla with thick coat needs regular brushing to remove loose and dead hair.
Exercise: They need long daily walks and a lot of mental stimulation to keep them healthy and happy. A boring Hungarian Vizsla can be destructive.
Health: Hip malformation or dysplasia: results in a poor fit between the head of the femoral bone and the hip socket. This condition can be alleviated by surgery, although with consequences for dogs and owners since dogs with dysplasia usually produce puppies with the same condition. Buyers should ask whether both the father and mother of the puppy they are interested in have recently been evaluated and are free of hip dysplasia. Don't take yes for an answer without seeing a certificate and ask for a copy to take to your vet.
Von Willebrand Disease (VWD) is an inherited (not sex-linked) automatic hemorrhagic disorder characterized by prolonged bleeding times (somewhat similar to hemophilia in humans) and a mild to severe deficiency of factor IX. DNA testing for Von Willebrand's disease is now available. Reproduction among carriers may produce offspring that, in theory, will be 25% healthy, 50% carriers and 25% sick. The idea is that the reproductions are in healthy couples or healthy and carrier where the disease would not affect any of the puppies. Not all dogs affected with VWD will have serious bleeding problems, but they are at risk every time they need surgery or have an accident. Only a few unlucky dogs affected by the disease will bleed seriously from a minor puncture or injury.
Hypothyroidism: An endocrine disease that results in abnormally low production of thyroid hormones. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include lethargy, mental depression, weight gain and a tendency to look for warm places.
Hypothyroidism may cause an effect on the coat and skin, resulting in hair loss and overuse
Epilepsy: A seizure disorder that can appear in this race. The seizures vary from a distant glance or contractions in a part of the face of the pet falling on its side, barking, grinding teeth, urinating, defecating and moving its limbs. Seizures usually appear suddenly and end the same way, and can last from seconds to minutes. The disorder has no known cause, however, it is important to have a veterinarian's examination to determine the pet's overall health and make sure that there is no underlying disease that could be the cause of the seizures. Treatment may include anticonvulsant medications. Always seek advice from a veterinarian.
Entropion: A problem in the eyelid that causes it to turn inward. Eyelashes appear on the edge of the eyelid which irritates the surface of the eyeball and can lead to more serious problems.
History: The history of the Vizsla goes back to the 8th century in the Carpathian Basin in Hungary. Here they were used as hunting dogs by a tribe known as Magyar. Carmelite friars in 1357 made the first known writing of the Hungarian Vizsla in the "Illustrated Chronicle of Vienna" by order of King Ludwig the Great. The Vizsla was close to extinction over the years, mainly because of the loss of popularity by English and German short-haired guides in 1800 and also because of the aftermath of World War II. It was used in the development of other breeds especially the Weimaraner and the German Shorthair Pointer. In Rome, in 1950, Frank J. Tallman and Emmett A. Scanlan imported the Vizsla Sari, being the first in America. The American Kennel Club recognized the Hungarian Vizsla in 1960.