Our Walkers get to interact with some very unusual dogs, and the magnificent Hungarian Vizsla is high up on that list! This handsome breed has a long-established history, dating back centuries with a bloodline surviving through two World Wars including a revival of the breed by dogs being smuggled out of Hungary, and today, in addition to being a popular “hunt, point, retrieve” dog, they are also much-loved family companions

Although not generally recommended for homes with young kids, Vizslas are very affectionate with children and can make great companions for older, energetic kids.  Vizslas are known to be friendly, but training and socialisation from young to build a solid social foundation is very important with this breed. They manage well with other dogs and will even get along with cats if they’re raised with them.

Vizslas make good watchdogs and generally do not bark excessively. Going back to the importance of having them well socialised from young, they will be friendly to strangers and are not known to be aggressive, although as with any breed, it can differ from dog to dog. Typically, the only time a Vizsla may get aggressive is if he feels threatened [REFER TO THE LADDER OF AGGRESSION] or senses a threat to his family – they are so attached to their humans that they can sometimes become overprotective. They also do not do well left alone for long periods and may suffer separation anxiety. Keep your Vizsla close to you when there is a thunderstorm or a likelihood of fireworks – this breed is known to have a fear of loud noises.

Be prepared to be active! Your Vizsla is an active dog that enjoys activity and thrives on lots of exercise to remain happy and healthy. They are keen swimmers, another great source of exercise for them to keep them happy and stimulated, without which, behaviour problems could develop, and they have been known to be chewers when they are bored.

Vizslas have short hair and shed what is considered a “normal” amount, however their fur is not hypo-allergenic.

This loyal and gentle breed is extremely intelligent, and very quick to learn. They can be very independent and due to this not always the easiest to train as they like to do things “their” way and a more experienced owner is definitely preferable. Teaching methods should always be using positive reinforcement methods.

Vizslas are generally a healthy breed with a typical lifespan of about 12 to 15 years. With regular Veterinary check-ups, exercise and a healthy diet you can look forward to many years of Vizsla canine companionship