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The Hungarian Vizsla

The Hungarian Vizla first came to Britain in 1953 and have been successfully used as gundogs as well as in the show ring. The Vizsla is an HPR (hunt, point and retrieve) breed and is more than capable of a full day's work in the field. The breed is thought to have originated in Eastern Europe as the hunting dogs of the Magyar tribes before becoming the prized possessions of the Hungarian aristocracy. During World War II numbers of the breed declined and it was only saved by concerned owners smuggling dogs out of the country.

Hungarian Vizsla's are intelligent and very affectionate - hence their nickname the 'Velcro' dog. They can become very attached to their families and do not thrive well if left for long periods of time on their own. Generally they are a very adaptable breed that is good with children and other animals eg cats especially if introduced to them at an early age.

With a short easy to clean coat and minimal hair shedding most Vizsla's are keen to keep themselves clean and need minimal grooming. On the whole they are a healthy breed although there can be issues, as with other breeds, with Hip Dysplasia, epilepsy and Polymyositis. A medium sized dog, males are generally 22.5 - 25 in (57 - 63 cm) and females 21 - 23.5 in (53 - 59.5 cm) in height and weigh between 22 and 30 kg.

If you are considering a Vizsla as a pet you must be prepared to provide your dog with a good 1-2 hours exercise every day. Puppy training classes for basic obedience are recommended for this highly trainable breed.

If you are interested in having a Zivatar Vizsla become part of your family please contact us by phone or e-mail. Details are available on the contacts page.