About Hungarian Vizsla

Hungarian Vizslas ooze beauty and intelligence. And even though these dogs are foremost valued for their skills in hunting and excellent scent, they still make affectionate and loyal friends. They are sensitive and easily trainable dogs that respond best to praise and positive interaction. Harsh training methods will not bring any good results. However, new owners must be prepared to be firm and consistent with training. Otherwise Vizsla’s intelligence can give them the ability to outwit owners and manipulate family situations. Given the chance, a Vizsla will take a higher rank in the family home.

The Vizsla is a very 'person' orientated dog that enjoys and requires human interaction and companionship. A vizsla is not for an owner that resents 24 hour companionship. Owners need to be patient and dog-loving. While the vizsla craves the company of humans it is a one-person dog and that person is the centre of its world. Based on all above, it’s wise to assume that the vizsla rarely takes well to being confined to kennel life. He can become destructively mischievous if he becomes bored or deprived of human companionship. Vizslas, as with any breed, do not do well if left alone all day, so are not suited to someone who works away from home. The Vizsla is extremely intelligent requiring challenging, interactive, daily exercise as opposed to a brief walk around the block or park. A well-socialized Vizsla gets on well with children, however its abundant energy can easily be overwhelming for a small or visiting child. Playing, a Vizsla can push a kid over or scare with play-biting. Vizslas should be active, but not hyper. They love warmth and are frequently found basking in the sun. Their beautiful rust-colored coat requires little maintenance. They do shed, which especially shows up against black clothes. They're clean dogs and have very little odor. There are two types of Vizslas: shorthaired and less common wirehaired Vizsla.

Vizslas are outstanding hunters and will both point and retrieve. They have very sensitive noses, good eyesight and a natural enthusiasm for the hunt. Indispensible at hunting, they maintain their grace, beauty and intensity in action. Field trials are a large part of most Vizsla club's activity schedules. Although Vizslas are primarily known for their skill in hunting upland game birds such as pheasant, quail and grouse, they are also used for hunting waterfowl and even small fur animals. Most Vizslas are strong swimmers and should be introduced to water when they're young.

Are Vizslas hyper?
As in any active sporting breed, Vizslas are energetic and enthusiastic. However, the Vizsla should not be hyper. Good breeders take care to breed for a good disposition, intelligence and personality - as well as conformation and hunting skills. Vizslas do require daily exercise, which should include running, not just walking, and they should have companionship and toys so that they do not become bored. A bored Vizsla can become a destructive Vizsla.
Can Vizslas jump fences?
Vizslas are extremely agile and can easily clear fences over six feet (and some Vizslas may be even more "talented"). They do require a securely fenced yard. Usually, a Vizsla will not jump high fences to leave his yard unless he is bored or lonely.
Can a Vizsla live in an apartment?
Vizslas can live in any environment if they have enough exercise, a warm, dry place to stay, and love and attention.
Do Vizslas get along well with children, cats and other dogs?
Like most dogs, Vizslas who are well socialized will get along very well with children, cats, and other dogs. They love affection and companionship. In general, the more people and animals that are around them, the happier they are.
Do Vizslas "mouth" a lot? Do they retrieve well?
Many Vizslas are known for their "mouthing." They are very soft-mouthed and like to gently hold a hand in their mouth. Many like to carry articles of clothing and shoes around, like a retriever. Most Vizslas love to retrieve.