Vizsla​ - Sporting Group


Breed Group: Sporting Group

Size Group: Medium Dog Breeds

Origin: Hungary

Height: 22”-24” (male) 21”-23” (female)

Weight: 55-60 lbs (male) 44-55 lbs (female)

Color: Golden rust

Lifespan: 12-14 years

Temperament: Energetic, devoted, versatile



The Hungarian people descended from the Magyar warriors which valued speed in calvary over everything. The Vizsla are the descents of a breed of dog that part of that calvary and therefore fast, fast, fast. Modern day vizslas can run up to a blazing 40mph. As you can imagine these dogs need an incredible amount of exercise. They are best suited to families that are always active, or life in wide open areas where a pup can run.

Vizslas are low commitment with grooming but almost incomparable in activity and exercise requirement. Be forewarned, without proper energy dogs become destructive. Vizslas can do well with family with small children, but always be sure to oversee early interactions.

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Vizslas are also known as Hungarian Vizslas, Magyar Vizslas, and Hungarian Pointers, Drotszoru Magyar Vizslas.


Vizslas are generally healthy pups. Some health concerns to be aware of include progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, tricuspid valve dyspasia, allergies, hypothyroidism.

While you always hope your pet will live a long and healthy life, it is always a good idea to invest in pet health insurance.

Keeping your dog’s mouth clean and problem free goes a long way to your pup’s overall health. Dental hygiene can be the cause or can be the byproduct of other serious health issues.

Visual inspections can be performed to keep track of the signs of potentially waning oral health. These signs can be anything from bad breath to abnormal chewing to loss of appetite.

Keeping ahead of these warning signs can pay dividends. A preventative approach can delay and stop many of the common dental problems from arising.

Oral health can be tackled in five basic steps:

  1. Brushing your dog’s teeth to prevent an undesirable buildup of plaque
  2. Feed your dog a diet where the high quality dog food has dental benefits
  3. Regularly give your dog dental toys and treats
  4. Use mouthwash, to help where brushing misses
  5. At the sign of any abnormalities, consult a vet. You can even do it virtually, from the convenience of your home.

Dogs are just like humans in that they can experience anxiety. The degree to which they are susceptible to anxiety and how they deal with anxiety is breed specific. Left unchecked, initial signs of anxiety could give way to an anxiety disorder. The symptoms of anxiety disorders can lead to a myriad of behavior issues.

Knowing the signs and symptoms will best equip you to keep ahead of it and to nip it in the bud at the earliest signs. There are options available to help with anxiety.

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Brushing your vizsla once a week will help to remove any dead hair and redistribute naturally occurring oils. Your pup will only need bathing if he gets exceptionally dirty or starts to smell. Clip your pup’s nails monthly. Keep your pup’s eyes and ears clean and clear of debris.  Brush your pup’s teeth several times per week.


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Vizslas are exceptionally high energy. Plan on spending between 30 minutes to 2 hours in activity with your dog. This breed is prone to skeletal/muscular issues associated with too much exercise before they are fully grown. Do not begin rigorous repetitive workouts (ie – long runs) with your dog until they are at least 18-24 months old to help prevent issues. When you are out, your dog should always be leashed. Vizslas are hunting dogs, and often the instinct to chase prey greatly outweighs their will to return when called. Vizlas also love water, so swimming is a great way to burn off steam. Having a fenced in yard is a great place for your pup to be able to run off leash as well.


Your full-sized vizsla will eat around 3 cups of food per day over 2 meals. This breed is prone to bloat which is an immediately life-threatening condition where the stomach overfills and flips in the torso. You can help avoid this situation by monitoring the rate at which your pup eats. The exact amount of food your dog will need will vary depending on age and activity level.


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As with all dogs, early socialization with humans and other dogs is essential. Start training your vizsla as early as possible to avoid bad habits from setting in. This breed responds best to positive reinforcement training. They are highly intelligent and can find loads of trouble if left to their own devices. Never allow bad behavior when your pup is young because it is cute, it is difficult to unlearn things. This breed also can become manipulative if they are not given adequate consistent training to instill proper pack order in your home.

Proper training is essential to ensuring the safety of your dog and those around you. Having your dog come when they should, and in general having them listen is something you want to address early in your pup’s life, as it will pay dividends down the line. There are many tried and true training programs to accomplish this training – faster and better than you might think!

Unless you’re living on a farm, or have the space, a yipping dog, or one that barks all day when you are gone could be an issue with the neighbors and/or landlord. Historically, dogs would bark to communicate with the rest of the pack when hunting and bark as a warning shot to predators eyeing up their flock. Barking is deep rooted in dogs and manifests itself in many ways and for a variety of reasons.

Just like any habit or instinct, there are effective ways you can train this issue away.

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A solid Glucosamine Supplement for hips and joints will go a long way to helping your furry friend.

Other helpful supplements include full-spectrum hemp oil or CBD oil. Fish oil skin and coat supplement.

Ensuring a comprehensive preventative vitamin and mineral plan is essential to keeping your dog healthy. Truth is, there are vitamins and minerals that your dog needs, but doesn’t produce naturally. While many of these vitamins and minerals can be found in your dog’s current diet and dog food, the question becomes, are there enough vitamins to ensure they aren’t deficient.

Poor nutrition can lead to some of the most common health issues, such as weak joints, compromised immunity, increased allergies, and low energy.

Vitamins play a vital role in your pet’s health and overall life expectancy. Here are some multivitamin and joint relief options.

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Explore this remedy further to see all the health benefits that have transformed the lives of so many dogs to date.

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