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Vizsla / Hungarian Pointer – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 40 to 60 pounds
Height: 20 to 26 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium


There are two types of Vizsla dogs:

  • The Smooth-haired Vizsla. These are the dogs commonly seen in North America
  • The Wire-haired Vizsla. These are the dogs commonly bred in Europe.

Official Name


The Vizsla dog breed is also known as the Hungarian Short-haired Pointing Dog, Rovidszoru Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, and the Magyar Vizsla.


Date – Before the 10th century
Country – Hungary
Family / Group – Gun Dog, Sporting, Pointer


This dog breed is considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. These ancient dogs originated in Hungary and historical accounts dating as far back as the 14th century recorded Vizsla-like dogs were being used all across Central Europe as early as 1,000 years ago. This is a gun dog breed that nearly went extinct after the First World War. Fortunately, dog lovers and breed fanciers initiated a breed program to save this ancient hunting dog breed.


They are excellent hunting dogs that are naturally well-tempered. They are dogs known to display liveliness and a good-natured disposition. When at home and with their family, these dogs will display gentleness and show affection. This breed is also known to be one of the most emotionally sensitive dog breeds today.

Bred For

These dogs were used and kept by the Magyars people to serve them as hunting dogs. These dogs are versatile hunters that can catch various games including waterfowls and rabbits. They have competent retrieving, pointing and bird hunting skills. These dogs are also bred today for competitions and trials in obedience agility and watchdog tasks.


This is a dog that should be kept as apartment pets. They will thrive in homes that have an average-sized yard for them to move about.


The two-coat variety of these dogs are very easy to groom. Their coats little attention and can be at its peak condition with minimal efforts. These are dogs that shed hair in the average amount.


They are both very intelligent and very sensitive. Having them well trained and house crate trained is doable as long as a positive, firm and consistent training approach is done.


This is a breed known to be very healthy. Hip dysplasia is common and this breed is at high risk of acquiring this condition.


These dogs are very energetic and naturally bred to be working dogs with impressive stamina and endurance. Long brisk walks or jogging should be done every day. Vigorous physical activities should be done twice a week. This includes having them as biking companions.

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