The Vizsla

The Shorthaired Hungarian Vizsla

Group 7 Pointing Dogs.
Section 1 Continental Pointing Dogs.
With working trial. (Field and Water Trial)

The ancestors of the Hungarian Vizsla came into the Carpathian Basin with the nomadic Hungarian tribes. Written descriptions and graphic illustrations are found in documents of the 14th century already. From the 18th century, his importance as a hunting dog has been increasing steadily. As early as the end of the 19th century, competitions for pointing dogs were organised in Hungary, in which Hungarian Vizslas (among others) participated with great success. In those days, other Gundog breeds most likely played an important part in the development of the breed. The specific modern breeding started in 1920, as a result of which, the ShortHaired Hungarian Vizsla received recognition by the FCI in 1936.

Medium sized, elegant gun dog of noble appearance with short french roll yellow coat. His rather light, dry, lean structure embodies the harmony of beauty and strength.

A versatile gun dog that must be able to work in the field, forest and water, having the following typical qualities: an excellent nose, firmness on the point, excellent retrieves and determination to remain on the scent even when swimming, which he manifestly enjoys. He copes with difficult terrain as well as extreme weather conditions. As he is intended to be an efficient hunting dog, gun and game shyness, unwillingness to point and retrieve, as well as a dislike of water are undesirable. Because of his easy going nature and his adaptability, he can easily be kept as a companion dog in the house.

Lively, friendly, evenly tempered, easy to train. His outstanding willingness to keep contact with his master while working is one of his essential qualities. He cannot bear rough treatment and must be neither aggressive nor shy."
(Shorthaired Hungarian Vizsla Standard - FCI Standard N° 57 / 13.09.2000 / GBORIGIN: Magyarország)

The Vizsla is an ideal companion. His adaptability is boundless, practically he’s able to learn anything in order to be able to spend as much time with his master as possible. We may appear at any occasion with a well trained Vizsla, we can take him anywhere. On the other hand this means an extra duty for the master: I only recommend this breed for such people whose active, flexible and natural way of life makes it possible to spend most of the day with their dog.
The Hungarian Vizsla needs a lot of exercise: one or two hours of interactive walk daily according to his age. He’s also very intelligent, therefore you have to give him chances to solve more or less serious problems. I might say CHALLENGES play a central part in his world, he’s happiest when he can succesfully perform a task for his master. This cannot be routine, however, because the real Hungarian Vizsla is a THINKING animal! Many people doubt this, but whoever has already lived with a Vizsla, has also met numerous proofs of it. If a Hungarian Vizsla gets sufficient chance to exercise himself, at home he will behave himself quietly, will sleep stretched out leasurely and will be unnoticable even in the smallest flat. He behaves very patiently, naturally and friendly both with other dogs and all the people around him, but most of all with children.
The Vizsla is a relatively „undemanding” dog to keep because his health is basically good, he doesn’t need any special medical treatment or examination apart from the usual ones, you don’t have to take extra care of his hair either, and he’s very tolerant of the extremities of weather. There’s only one thing of which he needs very much, and it is petting: after all, he is a pet…
Lastly I’d like to illustrate the extraordinary bond between the Vizsla and his master with a quote from Kolossy Gábor’s book entitled „Betyár, the Hungarian Vizsla”. This breed is for men who „cannot exist without it, who find the world empty if their Vizsla is not around, who livingly caress his head that radiates joy and loyalty if the dog jumps into their neck with gay abandon after a long absence. Indeed, if you wanted to create a sculpture of loyalty, you should model it after the Vizsla. All dogs are loyal, of course, but the Vizsla is the most loyal of all, perhaps because he spends so much time with us, and he keeps us company through thick and thin. If he lives long enough, he almost can speak. It is a pity he can’t really do it. Sometimes you can feel he tries so hard to explain something to us: his look resembles the endeavor of a dumb person who could speak earlier and now desperately tries to explain something with gestures instead of the words he cannot master any more. But after a long time there arises a certain understanding between the hunter and his old Vizsla: the former speaks, the latter just listens to him, nevertheless a gesture or a look is enough for them to understand each other.”

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