The Vizsla Dog
Hungarian Pointer

The Vizsla, or Hungarian Pointer, is sniffing
the air for a fresh scent in this great profile view.

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"Hungarian Pointer"
Weight: 45 — 65 lbs
Height: 21” — 24”
AKC Rank 2008 #42
Lifespan: 10—14 yrs
Group Sporting
Origin Hungary

Dog Breed Info -- The Vizsla

Breed Overview

Origin: Middle ages. Original function, Pointer, falconry training. Today, Pointer. The breed is known for it’s golden-rust color. These dogs like to dig and drool.

The "Hungarian Pointer" is an ancient dog from the Hungarian plains going back more than a thousand years. The dog was developed for pointing, retrieving and bird hunting. It is fast and alert. During WWII, Hungarians fleeing Russian occupation took these dogs with them and the breed was spread all over the world. The AKC registered the breed in 1960. The breed today is popular as a family companion as well as a show dog and is sometimes called the “Hungarian Pointer.”

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Yes, very trainable. He wants to please his master and is a smart dog that especially likes hunting and tracking. They are good at search and rescue training as well as obedience. One of the best and easiest methods for training this dog is through clicker training. They learn fast.

Crate Training

Want to crate train your Vizsla puppy? It's easy and if you're interested, take a look and you'll see what to do. Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.

Potty Training

The Vizsla puppy is an easy breed to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it. If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it. For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing. Either method will work for this breed

If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.

Samuel, an energetic Vizsla out jogging.
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A Vizsla has the energy to run in the fields all day. It is a real hunter, a talented pointer and always on the lookout for birds. It can become frustrated and destructive if not given enough exercise. Most can be stubborn. Some can be timid while others overly excitable. The breed is gentle, affectionate and sensitive. Training should be done with a clicker. This breed will be protective of his family. The Vizsla makes a great companion for an active owner who spends a lot of time outdoors and on the go. The "Hungarian Pointer" needs lots of human interaction. The breed is not known to be very aggressive and for that reason, you can keep one in an apartment.

This breed is a good candidate for separation anxiety They don’t do well when left alone for long periods so if you work all day, give it some thought.

Friendly Toward Other Dogs

Maybe. Will choose his dog friends. Generally accepts most dogs; he is not very aggressive.


Friendly Toward Other Pets

Yes, generally. Introduce them on common ground and slowly.

Friendly Toward Strangers

Yes. Likes people, especially if well socialized as a puppy. Bring in the relatives.


Yes, very playful. Plenty of energy. .


Yes. Very affectionate family dog. The Vizsla is a loyal companion dog. The dog needs lots of human attention

Good with children

Yes, reasonably tolerant, is friendly and playful.

Good with Seniors over 65?

No. Needs too much exercise.

Living environment

Apartment, farm, city life OK — The apartment is okay as long as this guy gets his jogging and running and walking time in. (Short walks and small yards won’t work!)

Ideally, the Vizsla would like a big yard to run around in but dogs tend to lie down and sleep when they are alone. Big yards only seem to work when their master is there to throw a ball or stick.

This breed needs to sleep indoors on a SOFT bed and with plenty of family interaction.


Energy level

Mid to high.

This is a fairly high energy breed that must have plenty of daily exercise in the form of jogging, walking and/or fetching a ball.

Exercise needs, daily

High exercise needs. The Vizsla needs jogging and running daily. Walks are not enough. Needs lots of stimulating exercise each day.

This would be a terrific dog to take running with you while you ride your bicycle. The dog will happily cover two miles or more.


Yes, will alert to unusual activities and people.

Guard dog

No. This guy likes people too much and is not an aggressive killer.


Yes, moderate.


Brush the short coat once a week to remove any dead hair. Apply a dry shampoo monthly if you want to keep the coat shiny and slick. Don't bathe the dog unless you have to.



Suggested Reading For The Vizsla
Click on the cover photo for moire book information.

The book on the right is published by the American National Red Cross and is valuable first aid and other helpful illness information for ALL dogs. It's a universally useful book.


Vizsla Breeders

In the event you decide to go looking for Vizsla puppies, be SURE to find reputable breeders that really know what they are doing. Be sure the puppy has been well socialized and started in obedience training.
Vizsla Breeders with puppies for sale. You may have to go online to look for more Vizsla Breeders and check your newspaper too.

Vizsla Rescue

In the event you are seriously considering the adoption of an older dog and are looking for a Vizsla Rescue group or groups in your state, here are several links that might help:
Petfinder - Vizsla Rescue - (Nationwide)NOTE - At this time there are only 171 total dogs available for the entire country listed by Petfinder. You may want to surf the web for Vizsla Rescue groups and see what you can find.Be sure to read the dog breed info above before you adopt and be aware of dog health issues too.
Adopt A Pet This is an interesting site but these dogs are popular and scarce. Look for Vizsla Rescue groups and foster homes as well as rescue kennels and dog pounds or however they are listed in your area.

Dog Health Issues - The Vizsla
Below: The dog illness / illnesses or medical problems listed for the breed by various vets.

This is basically a healthy breed. Don’t let the list below scare you! Your own dog will probably never have ANY of these problems. These are dog health and medical issues this breed is prone to that have been listed by various veterinarians at different times over the past decade or so and some pertain to puppies and very young dogs that a breeder would deal with.

The information contained herein has been gathered from numerous books by veterinarians and is intended as general information only. Every dog and situation is different. You must see your vet. Our information is for general interest only and not intended to replace the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

  • Hip dysplasia - Hind end limping, back leg acts lame. Wear and time causes the femur to fit poorly into the pelvic socket with improper rotation causing great pain and difficulty walking. You may notice the dog “hopping”” like a rabbit when running plus hesitating to climb stairs, all due to pain in the hind quarters. The problem actually starts as a very young puppy with an abnormal formation of the hip joint and grows progressively. A vet can locate this with a diagnostics test.

  • Lymphosarcoma—Cancer of the lymph glands which amounts to “cancer everywhere in the body.” Middle age and older Vizsla's are the likely candidates. No appetite, weight loss, no energy and increased thirst and urination are signs of the disease. When a lymph node become cancerous, you can begin to feel the hardness of the node at the angle of the jaws and in front of the shoulder blades, for example because the nodes become enlarged. There are many other nodes you can’t feel. With chemotherapy, the dog may have a year to live. Without chemotherapy, she has up to 6 weeks to live. About 45% of all dogs in the USA will die of some form of cancer by age 10 and only a third will die of old age. (Current statistics) Common to the Flat-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler and Vizsla.

  • Gastric Torsion—Sometimes called Dog Bloat or “Twisted stomach.” Mainly in larger, deep-cheated dogs. Here's a brief overview of the problem.
    Symptoms include excessive drooling, nervous pacing, agitation, weakness, attempt to vomit, bulging stomach area, heavy breathing, retching and gagging, shock or total collapse

    Cataracts - Hazy or cloudy vision and if not treated will lead to total blindness.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy—An inherited, untreatable disease of the retina affecting both eyes causing blindness in the Vizsla. It’s in the genes of the dog and is not painful. Starts with night blindness and progresses as the retina gradually deteriorates.

  • Tricuspid valve dysplasia—Hereditary. Malformation of the tricuspid valve in the heart allowing a backflow of blood, or “tricuspid regurgitation. Narrowing of the valve is also possible. The heart is working inefficiently. The dog may have cold limbs, no tolerance for exercise and a distended abdomen as the liver enlarges and may collapse. In severe cases, the dog may develop right-sided heart failure.

  • Epilepsy - Serious seizure disorder that appears around the ages of 2 to 4 or 5 years.

  • Persistent right aortic arch—Constriction of the esophagus caused by a heart defect.

  • Von Willebrand"s Disease—A deficiency in clotting factor in the blood. The affected dog does not properly utilize the blood-platelets for blood-clotting. Thus, the dog is prone to excessive bleeding if in an accident or surgery.

  • Entropion—Eye irritation caused by the eyelids and lashes rolling inward. The problem is usually inherited and found in young, adult dogs. It can come from an eyelid spasm. Affected eyes will be held partially shut and tear excessively. Both eyes will usually be affected the same. Treatment for the condition requires eye surgery.

  • Hypothyroidism—An underactive thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone which reduces the dog's metabolism level. Hypothyroidism stems from the immune system attacking the tissues of the thyroid gland. Bottom line is the dog becomes symptomatic. The cause can be a predisposition for thyroid problems, air pollution and allergies. A FEW symptoms of the disorder include lethargy, weight gain, skin infections, dry skin, hair loss, slow heart rate, ear infections, depression. See your set right away.

  • Otitis externa—Ear infections—Inflammation and infection of the outer ear, especially dogs with long, floppy ear flaps. Dirt and moisture collect and breed yeast and bacteria. Ear hair and wax contribute to the infection environment. If left untreated it can become a serious infection. If at-home- treatments with cleaning and meds don't work and the problem worsens, surgery might be the last resort.

  • Deafness—Hereditary or caused by: Excessive loud noise, Intolerance to anesthesia, drug toxicity, and Otitis (middle ear infection), In some cases, one ear can have no hearing from birth and the other ear can be losing the ability to hear over time, undetected, then suddenly one morning the hearing is totally gone. There is no reversing once that happens.


Other problems could occur with your Vizsla. If you notice any problems with your dog, take it to the vet immediately. This website is for general information only and is not intended to, in any way, be a medical guide.

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