5 Things To Know About The Vizsla

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The Vizsla is a dog breed from Hungary

Sometimes known as the Hungarian Pointer, the Vizsla probably descends from hunting dogs used by the Magyars, who settled Hungary more than a thousand years ago. The dogs were used by nobles and warlords to hunt game birds and hares. Eventually, the dogs were developed to both point and retrieve.

Vizslas are versatile and hard-working dogs

The Vizsla is an active sporting breed. They are natural hunters with an excellent ability to take training. Vizslas mature early and are capable of pointing and retrieving before they are a year old. Their keen senses also make them good watchdogs, guide dogs, drug-detection dogs, therapy dogs, and search-and-rescue dogs.

Vizslas thrive on human companionship

A Vizsla’s worst fear is being separated from their family. So be prepared for them to follow family members from room to room. They crave attention and long to be touching their owners. If left alone for long hours, they can be bored and become destructive.

They are affectionate and friendly

They quickly form close bonds with their owners, children, and even strangers. Often, they are referred to as "velcro" dogs because of their loyalty and affection. Vizslas can also be taught to get along with other dogs and cats, but they should not be in a home with pet birds or small pets like rabbits and hamsters.

They need exercise, exercise, and exercise

The Vizsla needs a lot of strenuous exercise every day. They enjoy long walks, jogging, and playing fetch, as well as dog sports. They can become frustrated and destructive if not given adequate exercise.

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