Vizsla Dog: Information, pictures, grooming, temperament, health, & environment on the Vizsla. Vizsla Puppies for sale.
The Vizslas' ancestors were favored as hunting dogs by the Magyar tribes in 10th-century Hungary. These Carpathian Basin inhabitants left etchings that are over 1000 years old showing Vizsla ancestors with their masters, most especially Magyar hunters, their falcons, and the steady, steadfast, loyal Vizsla. In written documentation, the first mention of the Vizsla as a dog breed was in the Illustrated Vienna Chronicle, which was prepared by order of King Lajos the Great in 1357, by the Carmelite Friars.
The Vizsla became companions to barons and warlords, and their purebred status was preserved because the aristocracy in Hungary guarded them as prized possessions and as hunting companions. These "yellow pointers" were extremely valued and esteemed.
The breed survived Hungary's Turkish occupation from 1526 to 1696, and the Hungarian Revolution, as well as both World Wars and occupation by Russia. Even so, they were nearly extinct as a result of the popularity of English and German Shorthair Pointers in the 1800s, and again were nearly extinct after World War II. There were only about a dozen pure Vizslas alive in Hungary at that time, but the breed has since been reestablished; originally, several strains of Vizsla dogs were established to suit various hunting styles, and they are still bred thusly in Austria, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia.
In the United States, the Vizsla began to come to prominence after World War II, as people began to take note and become devoted to the breed. The Vizsla Club of America was established to force Vizsla recognition by the American Kennel Club; the AKC recognized the breed in 1960.
The Vizsla has also been used to develop other breeds, such as the Wirehaired Vizsla, the German Shorthair Pointer, and the Weimaraner.
Athletic and streamlined, with an elegant appearance, the Vizsla originates as a medium-sized dog used for hunting, although today in the United States, it is mostly used as a companion dog. Lean and muscular, the expression is one of alert devotion. The eyes are various shades of amber, and the tail is usually docked at maturity in the US (this practice is illegal in other areas of the world). The coat is short and sleek, hard and smooth, and are different shades of a rust-like color. There's no undercoat, meaning that your pet is best suited for temperate climates. Standing between 20 and 26 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 40 to 60 pounds, these regal dogs are the smallest of the so-called "pointer retriever" breeds.
Truly, the Vizsla was born to love. Your pet is loyal, attentive, and extremely high-energy, absolutely devoted and loving to strangers and family alike – although if those he or she loves are threatened, makes a fierce protector. Although Vizsla puppies are socialized easily, you should still do so formally when your dog is a puppy, and obedience training is a must. Although extremely trainable and very eager to please, Vizsla puppies that have not been socialized properly can be destructive and high strung.
Although a properly socialized Vizsla who is kept in the proper environment will be very easy to control, it's imperative that you give your high-energy pet plenty of mental and physical stimulation. The Vizsla needs exercise, absolutely, in order to be well behaved and should be taken for a walk of at least a mile in length or longer at least daily. If you're not a particularly athletic person, it's best to choose another breed that doesn't need such strenuous exercise.
Chewing: This is one habit Vizslas have that can be very frustrating for owners. As long as you provide proper chew toys to your pet and train him or her to use them to the exclusion of other tempting but inappropriate items (such as shoes, for example), your pet will be very obedient and eager to please. In addition, the chewing habit will be much less prevalent once your pet has reached adulthood, as long as he or she is not overly stressed. Chewing does tend to come out as a habit when Vizslas are stressed, so provide plenty of exercise, companionship, and mental stimulation. This is not a dog to be left alone. He or she MUST have companionship from his or her human loved ones continually.
Small pets: Although Vizsla puppies are excellent family dogs and can do well even with small children providing you act as "alpha" dog and provide proper guidance at all times, they are hunting dogs at heart and may not be safe around small pets like gerbils, mice, or other rodent pets, birds, etc. Although your pet is very obedient pet wants to please, he or she may not be able to withstand instinct. Therefore, it's best to forgo having small pets in the house once you adopt a Vizsla.
Vizsla Proper Environment
Vizslas are very athletic and must have plenty of room to run and play. They don't do well in apartments or with rather sedentary owners. They do equally well with rambunctious family life or "singlehood" devotion, as long as they get plenty of exercise, companionship, and attention. Your pet is very, very talented and can learn obedience tricks like fetching, tracking, or pointing very easily (and can do very well on the competitive show circuit as well for these tasks), and will also make an excellent watchdog.
Properly bred, the Vizsla lives to be about 10 years old, although care must be taken to adopt a puppy from a reputable breeder who has not engaged in focused inbreeding. They can be prone to hip dysplasia, as can most larger dog breeds, as well as a skin disease called sebaceous adenitis, epileptic seizures, and hypothyroidism. Reputable breeders will test dogs for these conditions before they choose to use them as sires or dams, so make sure you choose a breeder who carefully tests his or her dogs for any hereditary difficulties before breeding occurs.
Your pet is very easy to groom with simple brushing and dry shampooing as needed. If a real bath is necessary, use mild shampoo. The Vizsla is a moderate shedder.
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