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Hungarian Vizsla

Description

Illustration of Hungarian Vizsla

There is evidence that the russet gold Vizsla was being used in falconry as far back as the 14th Century on the central plains of Hungary. His fine, slightly greasy coat equips him for working in the high temperatures of the plains.

In the late 19th Century some of the dwindling population were mated to pointing dogs. During the World Wars many of the Vizslas were destroyed, but fortunately, refugees from Hungary took their dogs with them and it is from this stock that the breed was resurrected. Elegant and moderately boned, the Vizsla has a nobility in its head and carriage.

Breed Group
Gundog
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Medium
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
Short
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Either
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Large
Lifespan
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.


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