The Hunky Hungarian Vizsla Dog Guide What Place This Breed Holds in World History

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Medium Breed Hip Dysplasia Hungarian Vizsla

Is The Hungarian Vizslas Dog Right For You?

  • 1 Hungarian Vizslas can be characterized as sensitive attention seekers.
  • 2 Their compassion towards children and other breeds makes them a great family pet.
  • 3 Although the Hungarian Vizsla is difficult to train, they have an innate tendency to learn and please their owners.


The Hungarian Vizsla has a history that goes all the way back to the 10th century in Hungary, where the Magyars (an ancient Hungarian peoples) raised these dogs to assist in hunting. The Vizslas, which means "pointer" in Hungarian, were primarily used for their agility and keen sense of smell, making them excellent bird and small game hunters. The Vizsla had a brush with near extinction after WWII because of the invasion of Hungary. Thankfully, a few were smuggled out of the country and brought to America where they were bred out of endangerment.

Quick Facts

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    12 - 15 years

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    Hair Length


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    Male Height

    22 - 25 inches (56 - 64 cm)

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    Male Weight

    44 - 64 pounds

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    Female Height

    21 - 24 inches (53 - 61 cm)

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    Female Weight

    40 - 55 pounds

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    Litter Size

    6-8 puppies, typically 7 puppies to a litter


The Hungarian Vizsla is a kind, smart, and emotive dog that is very trainable if you are willing and able. To train a Vizsla, like with most dogs, it takes a calm, but unwavering hand. If they sense any weakness in you they are unlikely to obey. Without enough exercise and proper training the Vizsla may become hard to deal with, being too full of energy and only having destructive outlets, like chewing or running around the house. However, if the dog is looked after as they are wont to be, then you will be left with a kind, loving, well behaved pooch..


The Hungarian Vizsla can be seen in a couple of different shades, ranging from golden rust to golden, red, red golden, rust, rust golden, or sandy yellow.

Health Concerns

The average life expectancy of the Hungarian Vizsla is 9-15 years. The breed is prone to certain health ailments, especially:


The Hungarian Vizsla can be smooth or wirehaired, with the odd long haired Vizsla found in some litters. They are a medium sized dog with a muscular frame, square muzzle and a short tail. Their background as hunting dogs makes them always alert and highly active.

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