HUNGARIAN VIZSLA INFORMATION
The Hungarian Vizsla is
an active dog, so you should ask yourself
"Is this the right breed for me"?
When I am
asked if I find the Hungarian Vizsla and
easy dog to own, I say yes to myself because
they are my "ideal" dog to own. But
they are not an easy dog to own for just
anyone. We have land there fore
the dogs get plenty of exercise and can
often spend a whole week in the paddocks
whilst I am busy in the gardens, so it is
easy for me to say they are easy to own as
they entertain themselves.
They are a
breed of dog which thrive with human
companionship. They are useless kennel
dogs, and all ours live indoors.
They must have
off lead running every day. This is a
very important fact when owning this dog.
If you live in a city and will only be lead
walking every day, then I believe you need
to re think. Or make sure you can
include off lead running.
The truth is
they are an active breed of dog to own.
When looking at any breed in the gundog
group you must look at why they were bred,
what is in their make up, can you cope with
A hunting dog
always has more energy than a dog not bred
for hunting. They have an acquiring
mind, usually very intelligent. With
intelligence can come problems such as
Separation problems from the owner,
destruction, and noise.
The Vizsla can
run and run and run, they are full of energy
outside. Once an adult they are lovely
house dogs, but they can be very demanding
as puppies. Even I think
Hungarian Vizsla puppies are very hard work.
But after one years they become much easier
to handle. They can be a real live
wire, and life goes on hold pretty much as
the dog takes up a lot of time. But
then doesn't a baby!
I do not think
you need to live on a farm with acres of
ground to own a Hungarian Vizsla, a home is
what is required that knows it has to take
the dog out at least twice a day when the
dog is an adult, and someone around most of
the day. The Vizsla needs exercise off
the lead as well as on the lead. Free
running your dog will run off his abundance
of energy. A walk once around the
block at night is not for the Vizsla. He
needs open spaces to have a good run.
The breed are
sensitive and can not bear harsh handling.
If you do, your dog will run a mile and wont
respond at all. You must reward train
and teach your dog new experiences whilst it
you read The Hungarian Vizsla, by Gay
Gottlieb if you are thinking of buying a
Hungarian Vizsla as her in-depth knowledge
on the history of the dog is worth reading.
origins of this dog are said to be difficult
to trace, but it is thought that they
probably began in the 9th century. The
Magyar tribes who migrated from Asia hunted
a great deal and on their journeys they were
accompanied by herding dogs which believed
were Hungarian herding breeds. It is thought
that the Hungarian Vizsla of today is a
descendant from these early dogs. It
is said that they were crossed with the
native Turkish "Yellow dog", and over the
centuries the Hungarian vizsla was crossed
again with other breeds such as Irish
setter, a pointing dog, and many others, and
the out come was the dog we own today......
looking into owning a dog you must not only
look at the demand the dog may put on you
for exercise, but can you cope with the
daily grooming care of the dog. The
one good thing about a Hungarian Vizsla is
its short coat, and lack of grooming that
needs to be done. Even though a short
coated dog is easier to look after they
still need a bath every 2-4 weeks if living
in the home with you, and they need their
nails trimmed every 2-4 weeks. Ears
should be looked at least once a week to
check for ear mites. Their coat may
need a groom with a hand glove. But that is
really it, no real big grooming with their
This is a
hunting breed and because of this it wants
to be a busy little dog. The Hungarian
Vizsla is so intelligent. He is a very
sensitive dog and needs to have social
skills put in early on, especially to loud
noises, different experiences to make a
better dog in the end day.
enjoys doing anything active, such as
agility, field trials, jogging companion.
responds well to a happy voice when
Vizsla loves human companionship, and he is
not a dog you can leave every single day on
its own, other wise he is very unhappy.
An unhappy dog can present itself in many
ways, a vocal dog whilst you are left, a
destructive dog, or a pent up energy when
you get home. He can get mischievous
with the furniture if you are not there.
keeping a Vizsla are pretty low as they do
not eat huge amounts of food, and if you
have a healthy dog you wont be at the vets.
Insurance is what is needed for any breed of
dog, cross bred or pedigree. As
veterinary centres charge more and more
money these days. A
healthy dog can live up to 14 years, so they
are a long term commitment, which should
never be taken on lightly. I do believe
noone should take on a Vizsla with out
I find the
Vizsla an interesting dog to own, alert,
photogenic, elegant, loving, wants to be
with me all the time and I think they have a
6th sense. They can hear a pin drop
I am asked
often what are the dogs like with children.
I would say very good with children, but its
a two way relationship. If your
children menace dogs, wont leave them alone,
wont give them space to sleep, let them be
quiet, and are children that will lay on a
dog all the whole time, then do expect your
dog to get grumpy. Because of this
reason children aged 1 to 5 really you need
to ask yourself do you need to purchase a
dog at this stage in their lives.
Children that are older tend not to over
menace a dog. Believe me I been their
and got the T shirt, DVD etc. I know what
kiddies are like of all ages. If your
children are not going to menace a dog then
you can include a puppy at the age when they
are younger. We always say its a lot of
money to loose setting up a Hungarian Vizsla
in the home when you may have to re-home it
and loose your money. Think very
carefully. Hungarian Vizsla are in
deed a better dog to own than a Weimaraner
puppy if you have younger children. We
take each family on merit. But we do
know that you wont put in the training if
you have lots of children under school age,
and we are reluctant to place dogs in homes
that we know parents wont have the time to
put into their dogs.
You do not have to work your
dog to own a Hungarian Vizsla.
However the more you do with your dogs in
the way of activities the happier the Vizsla
The Vizsla much prefers your arm chair than
living in a kennel. They are a
sensitive breed when I compare them to a
Weimaraner. They are sensitive to loud
voices, loud noise, and therefore you should
handle with respect. The key point
with owning one is early social skills, and
if you neglect these your dog wont be the
dog you wanted it to be.
You can NOT
buy one of these dogs as a guard dog!
Standard for the Hungarian Vizsla by the
To buy a puppy
from a good breeder they should be kennel
club assured breeders, and a member of a
breed club. Although this is no guarantee
for a good puppy, you should go and visit
the breeder and check all premises are clean
and breeder is helpful and the dogs are of a
good temperament. Many assured
breeders are unchecked yet by the kennel
club and this is why you can not trust
adverts alone. Please see your breeder, and
make sure you feel happy they would offer
you adequate after care.
Vizsla is hip scored before breeding and
this is the only requirement for health
under the assured breeder scheme.
||Pictured left is a photo
of a Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla. These are a separate
breed to the short coated Hungarian Vizsla.
Their are some excellent breeders in the UK, and if you
are looking for one get in touch and I can give you
To read an account of what it
is like to own a Hungarian Vizsla Kim and Caroline kindly wrote an
article for our website. This is from her experiences of a new
owner having a dog. CLICK HERE
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