Vizsla

Breed History

Vizsla doing the play bow

Vizsla is the smallest pointer-retriever and is a legendary gundog around the world. Pointer is Vizsla in their homeland and that’s the reason why they carry this name.

Solid build, high stamina, fast, agility, superior intelligence, and trainability fall short of a proper description of this phenomenal dog.

They come from Ancient European history, but the origins are unknown. First documentation goes back to the 7th or 8th century C.E. mentioning this dog and its characteristics.

At this time only noble and royalty held this dog as a pet, and they were in use for hunting and retrieving purposes. Hungary didn’t exist back when this dog was already entered history, but the area now goes by the name Hungary.

Facing extinction in two different eras several decades apart put them into forgotten territory once people did not need to hunt for food. Additionally, the World Wars put a lot of dogs in danger of extinction.  

Extinction in the 19th century was the first one to come about. Proud owners of this dog began to breed them with each other. Unique to this situation is that they did not use another breed in order to increase their numbers.

Facing extinction like a lot of other breeds after the second world war it is known that they had a little over 12 dogs from this breed altogether. They breed them and once again were increasing their numbers.

Coming to America after the second war they got recognition from the American Kennel Club in 1960’s many years later.

One of the best sporting champions winning triple and quintuple champion. Triple still hasn’t been done by other breeds, so this dog is one of the best in the business.

Registration

As one of the older breeds the Vizsla is known all over the world. Major Kennel Clubs in different countries all show recognition to this breed and have a breed standard while tracking the bloodline.

Here are the Kennel Clubs

Size

Male Height: 22-24 inches

Female Height: 21-23 inches

Male Weight: 55-60 pounds

Female Weight: 45-55 pounds

Boy dogs are noticeably bigger than the female dogs.

Litter Size

6 puppies are the average litter size. There are no known procedures that need to happen for the litter to be born. Medium sized dogs will usually have a medium litter and they rarely reach 10 plus puppies in one litter.

Colors

  • Rust
  • Golden
  • Red
  • Red Golden
  • Rust
  • Yellow Sandy

Vizsla Price

Expect to pay $1,000-$4,000 for a puppy with papers. When a dog has papers, you will know the quality of puppy the bloodline and other generations of dogs that came from the same line.

Without papers you can expect to pay $400-$500, but you will not know if you are getting a full blood dog. The head shape, weight, and characteristics may be different depending on where you get the dog from.

Prices may vary depending on region, currency, supply, demand, and several other factors that impact the price of the dog.

Grooming

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

All dogs need to receive brushing a few times per week and that will help with shedding and the overall health of the coat. Although you don’t need to brush at all it is the recommendation for fur health.

Combing isn’t a recommendation due to the short length of the coat. This is important for dogs with longer coats that will tangle or mat if you are not showing them the proper attention.

Bathing is something that is a personal decision. Most people will choose to do whatever is convenient and that is a schedule sometimes and it is bathing when dirty or smelly other times.

Ears need to be given weekly attention especially in desert climates due to the dirt environment. Infections will cause you to take them to the vet to get some antibiotics and will cost unnecessary money with the proper prevention.

Nails can be trim on the surface when walking and running every day. That is our recommendation as you will see in a later section. If you don’t exercise, which we don’t recommend, you will have to cut them with nail trimmers.

Professional help from a groomer isn’t a recommendation with this breed. If you just want to take them nothing is wrong with that either. Low maintenance grooming for different breeds we don’t recommend groomers unless you feel like you can’t keep the grooming.

Life Span

12-14 years is the lifespan for this dog. You will have this dog for a very long time, and they don’t have too many serious health issues. Getting the exercise and training they need early in life will gain you many years of being on autopilot and enjoying a low maintenance dog that doesn’t cause any problems.

Health Issues

Elbow Dysplasia – Their Kennel Club recommends you get an examination in 24 months. Dates like these are given so that you can take them when you can fully see the extent to whatever condition they may have. Area of the elbow will show some type of growth that will be uncomfortable to the dog.

Hip Dysplasia – Hips are good to examine within 24 months as well. There are cases when you need to get them this exam much earlier due to behaviors such as them not wanting to run, walk, or conduct in any exercise. X-rays will help determine if they have this condition and to what extent.

Cardiac – 12 months is a great amount of time to figure out if the dog is having any heart problems. Murmurs that show irregular heart beats and other conditions will be able to be discovered and the dog can start receiving early treatment.

Eyes – Issues involving the eyes can be many and they can happen at any time in the dog’s life. You want to get an exam at 12 months and continue annually until they are five years old. Once they reach this age take time to get this done every two years. Conditions can be mild like cherry eye all the way to blindness. Knowing your dog is developing a handicap is better than never knowing at all.

Thyroid – these tests are given to dogs by taking their blood. Once the blood is drawn the vet can conduct test to see if the thyroid is functioning in the proper manner. There are many symptoms, but a few are weight gain, excessive hair loss, and many more.

Breed Group

Vizsla is a proud member of the Sporting Group and have one of the best track records of all time. All the dogs in this group show an ability to hunt down prey and retrieve prey from the land and water without causing more damage to the game.

Here are some of the dogs that make up the Sporting Group or Gundog

Exercise Needs

Many dogs are said to have higher energy than others and the Vizsla is one of them. We want to stop this stereotype by acknowledging that there is no set amount of exercise for any breed.

Only way to know how much is to look at the dog. Behavior whether good or bad will tell you a story about where the dog is regarding boredom, misbehaving, and fulfillment while living in your household.

For example, when you experience excessive barking, biting, nipping, and other bad behaviors you should automatically start increases the exercise on a per hour bases.

On the other hand, if the dog is calm and not showing signs of lack of exercise you should maintain the current exercise regimen or decrease some. First impression the behavior is going back to unfavorable status go back to old exercises.

We would recommend you start exercising like this and adjust as needed.

Morning: Hour (run, walk, or treadmill)

Evening: 30 minutes (run, walk, or treadmill)

Younger dogs will need a lot of running. You may have to run them at least 2 to 3 times per week sometimes more. In the evening 30 minutes would be just fine. Two sessions would be usual during this phase in their lives. A lot of hard work!

Adult dogs don’t need as much exercise, but you will need one run sometimes two per week. Second session may be skipped from time to time at this stage.

Senior dogs need less runs and walks should dominate the program. Short walks around the corner may be the most they need. Check dog’s behavior for guidance.

Training

  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

The more you understand the connection between bad behavior and lack of exercise the easier it is to train any dog. You will spend most of your time exercising because it is 1-2 hours each day. Consistency will make or break the program. Just remember it is better to have your dog listening to you 10-14 hours per day on walks in addition to other commands than to have them not listen to you at all.

Commands are a small amount of the training cycle. After a few days of repetition dogs will remember these commands for a very long time. Making the dog sit, stay, or lay isn’t time-consuming and doesn’t make your dog behave. Although it isn’t a major factor make them sit before eating, getting water, coming out of the house, or going into the house. Repetition.

Socialization is good activity to start early in the dog’s life. At any time, it is ok for the dog to socialize with dogs that’s their own kind. Make sure the dog is receiving adequate exercise before, during, and after socializing. Some people think this is the time let the dog exercise but that is a recipe for disaster.

Correct the dog when you need to gain the attention and the dog is distracted. Make sure the dog sits or lays after the correction. There is no more to it in simple terms. Verbal, leash or by hand should all exhibit the lowest level of force possible to get the attention. Doing this will make you become the pack leader.

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