Hungarian Pointer / Magyar vizsla

History:  Vizslas are depicted on etchings that date back to the 10th century. “Vizsla” means “pointer” in the Hungarian language. They originate from Hungary bred by the Magyars, who used them as hunting dogs. They are thought to have descended from several types of pointers along with the Transylvanian hound, and the Turkish yellow dog (now extinct).

Vizslas were well matched to the type of weather conditions and game of the Hungarian plains. They were very popular as bird dogs and were used for hunting, pointing and falconry. They were also family companions.

The breed almost became extinct after World War II. But Hungarian immigrants brought the breed to North America in the 1930s. But it managed to resurge, thanks in large part to Hungarians fleeing their homes during World War II. The Hungarian exodus introduced the Vizsla to the world, and it was not long before the breed’s numbers were on the rebound. The Vizsla was brought to the United States in 1950 and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960.Today, they are used as companions, hunters, and as obedience trial participants regularly.

Temperaments: The Vizsla’s temperament is similar to that of most hunting dogs: playful, alert, social, and active.

Around the house, the Vizsla is gentle and affectionate, and thrives on the love and attention of its family. These dogs are well mannered in the house when given the chance to exercise properly, but if left inactive they will become neurotic and destructive. The Vizsla is intelligent and takes well to training, but it can be stubborn at times; consistent, firm training should overcome this.

Coat: Short, smooth, dense and flat close, there is no woolly undercoat. A distinctly long coat is a disqualification.

Colour: Different shades of gold rust. Pure dark mahogany red or pale yellow are faulty. The smaller the better appears white chest, white toes is allowed. White extending above the toes, or in addition to chest appear anywhere other than white is a disqualification.

Size: The Vizsla is a medium-sized dog, and fanciers feel that large dogs are undesirable. The average height and weight:

  • Males
    • Height: 22–25 inches (56–63 cm)
    • Weight: 45–66 pounds (20–30 kg)
  • Females
    • Height: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm)
    • Weight: 40–55 pounds (18–25 kg)

In Popular culture: Hungarian made cartoon “Frakk,a macskák réme” in Hungarian,”Frakk,the nightmare of cats” in English first time presented on 23 December 1972 (sorry, but I couldn’t find the english version… if someone has it, please contact us :biggrin: . The one below : Let’s buy a ball for him)


Care: The Vizsla is a naturally active breed that needs vigorous exercise every day. A brisk walk is good but not ideal; allowing your Vizsla to run at full gallop around a field for 30 minutes to an hour every day is preferable. The Vizsla’s innate friendliness toward people means aggression should not be an issue, but proper socialization is still a must. Introduce your Vizsla pup to strangers, children and other dogs as much as you can in order to cultivate the sweet personality the breed is known for.

Living Conditions: The Vizsla is not recommended for apartment life. but the  Vizsla is able to live outdoors in moderate climates, though this is certainly not encouraged as the dog is much happier indoors with its family. The dog is not terribly cold resistant, however, and should always be kept inside on chilly nights.
Coat care is an afterthought; an occasional brushing and an as-needed bath should do the trick. The nails should be kept trimmed.

Health problems: Prone to hip dysplasia.The Vizsla is moderately susceptible to epilepsy; less common problems include canine hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and lymphosarcoma.


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      1 comment for “Hungarian Pointer / Magyar vizsla

    1. December 5, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Hi im a Singaporean who’s interested in adopting a Vizsla. I have read up on the breed and love their velcroish n active lifestyle. Do you have any recommendation on anyone in Singapore who’s looking at adopters for their Vizslas? Thks. Im contactable at 98321406:)

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