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Basic Vizsla Information

  • Lifespan: 10 - 14 years
  • Height: 21 - 24 inches
  • Weight: 45 - 65 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Vizslas

Vizsla Traits

  • Joggin Partner
  • Lap Dog
  • Good with Children
  • Warm Weather
  • Cold Weather
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Barking
  • Ease of Training

Vizsla History

  • When the Magyars swarmed across Europe in the Middle Ages, over a thousand years ago, they assimilated various dogs from around the continent. These dogs settled with them in Hungary and no doubt were the ancestors of the Vizsla. Hunters in the Hungarian plains wanted a dog that was fast but didn't range too far away, that could both point and retrieve birds, and that could follow a scent trail, and they selected among these dogs for offspring that would meet their needs.
  • Dogs of Vizsla type were described by the Middle Ages, although it's not known if these were actually Vizslas.
  • By the 1700s, the breed was definitely established.
  • The breed suffered a massive decline during the late 1800s, but was brought back with careful breeding from the few good specimens that could be found.
  • Hungarians fleeing Russian occupation during World War II often took their Vizslas with them, spreading the breed throughout the world.
  • The AKC recognized the breed in 1960. The Vizsla is popular as a hunting companion, field trial competitor, pet, and show dog.

Vizsla Behavior Concerns

  • Makes an energetic and attentive family member.
  • Gentle and playful with children
  • Good watchdog; can be protective.
  • Loves to run and hunt.
  • Sociable with strangers.
  • Good with other dogs and pets.
  • Can be overly excitable.
  • Learns quickly, but easily distracted.
  • Does best with a firm owner who can combine reward-based training with good control and leadership.

Vizsla Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a fairly calm and alert housedog if given adequate exercise. If not given enough exercise, it can be overactive and destructive.
  • Requires daily exercise in the form of a long walk, or preferably, long jog. Vigorous games are also helpful.
  • A well-fenced yard is essential.
  • Hunting is the favored exercise. It also enjoys retrieving.
  • This is not a breed for an inactive owner.
  • Obedience training is essential not only for control, but for the mental exercise it provides.

Vizsla Grooming

  • Coat is short and sleek.
  • It requires brushing once a week to remove dead hair, and occasional bathing.
  • Shedding is average.

Suggested Vizsla Nutritional Needs

  • Vizslas tend to stay in good weight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.

Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY please call our office immediately. If your emergency is during business hours you will be instructed to come right in.  If it is after business hours you will be connected to VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and  Emergency Center located in Shelton CT. there direct number is 203-929-8600