Vizslas are very high energy, gentle-mannered, loyal, caring, and
highly affectionate. They quickly form close bonds with their owners,
including children. Often they are referred to as "velcro"
dogs because of their loyalty and affection. They are quiet dogs,
only barking if necessary or provoked.
They are natural hunters with an excellent ability to take training.
Not only are they great pointers, but they are excellent retrievers
as well. They will retrieve on land and in the water, making the
most of their natural instincts. However, they must be trained gently
and without harsh commands or strong physical correction, as they
have sensitive temperaments and can be easily damaged if trained
too harshly.Vizslas are excellent swimmers and often swim in pools
if one is available. Like all gun dogs, Vizslas require a good deal
of exercise to remain healthy and happy. Thirty minutes to an hour
of exercise daily in a large off-leash area is optimal.
The standard coat is a solid golden-rust color in different shadings,
but some breeding programs have resulted in a solid rust coat. The
coat could also be described as a copper/brown color, russet gold
and dark sandy gold. Solid dark mahogany red and pale yellow are
faulty. Small areas of white on the fore-chest and on the toes are
permissible but not preferred. Some variations in the Vizsla coat
color along their back is typical.
Originating from Hungary, the Vizsla has a long history and was
once a popular hunting dog with nomadic tribes. A hunter of game
birds and hares, the Vizsla did not become widely known until after
the Second World War. The breed was registered with the AKC in 1960.
There are a number of health problems linked to this breed, including
entropion, SA, epilepsy, PRA, HD, seizures, cancer, thyroid problems,
and cancer. The parents of the Vizsla puppy should have OFA and
CERF certificates, and you should also ask about a skin punch for
sebaceous adenitis (SA).