Learn more about Vizsla dogs from Petsecure Australia’s Dog Breed Guide. Our guide helps you choose the dog that’s right for you and your family.
The Hungarian Vizsla, graceful hunting dog whose origins can be traced back over a thousand years, is gaining popularity in Australia. The breed was nearly wiped out in the first half of the 20th century and today’s Vizslas are descendants of around a dozen dogs that remained after WWI. They were bred as a multipurpose gundog to hunt, point and retrieve game and birds from both land and water.
This lean, medium-sized dog stands between 54 and 62 cm tall at the withers and weighs 20 to 30 kg. The Viszla has a smooth, short coat in a solid russet gold colour, sometimes with a little white on the chest and feet. Minimal grooming is needed and dirt tends to fall off of this dog easily. The Viszla likes to clean itself regularly and doesn’t have a doggy smell.
Fast on its feet, this alert dog has a lot of energy and great stamina. It loves to take part in family activities and needs plenty of exercise. The Vizsla best suits someone with an active lifestyle or a rural property where it can run around or be put to work.
This versatile breed makes an excellent hunting companion and likes to show off its natural hunting and retrieving instincts even at home or out walking. As a natural swimmer, the Vizsla enjoys retrieving things from the water.
The Hungarian Vizsla is an intelligent, affectionate dog that is eager to please. It gets on well with children and is protective of its family. An easy-going, sensitive dog, the Vizsla should not be treated roughly or aggressively, but needs gentle yet firm handling.
The Vizsla is a generally healthy breed with few problems and an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.