Vizsla

Sporting Group

Vizsla dog lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 21-23 in, Males 22-24 in

Weight

Females 44-45 lbs, Males 55-60 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-14 yrs

History

The Vizsla most likely descended from hunting dogs used by the Magyars, who settled Hungary more than a thousand years ago. These dogs had the three traits most characteristic of the Magyars bred into them: speed, agility, and toughness. The breed was refined by nobles and warlords that used the Vizslas to hunt birds and hares.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Vizslas will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity


Noise Level


Prey Drive

★☆☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Happy, lively, enthusiastic, and affectionate  

Big-time chewers

Don't have a strong "dog odor"

Fearless and protective, making them great watchdogs

Tend to be sensitive and don't respond well to harsh training or scolding

Get very attached to their caretaker(s), which earned them the nickname "velcro Vizsla"- they like to be physically touching their caretaker as much as possible