This is another of the ancient Hungarian breeds, which has become quite well known in the West since the 1930. Emigres leaving Hungary brought their dogs with them, and from this base contemporary bloodlines have evolved. The name ‘Vizsla’, under which they are known in the United States, translates as ‘responsive and alert’. These characteristics were essential attributes for a gundog in an area where natural cover was minimal. Vizslas also needed considerable stamina and were used to working in hot conditions, performing effectively both as pointers and retrievers.
Coat Type/Colour: Short; Brownish-gold
Height: 22 ½ – 25 Inch (57 – 63.5 cm)
Weight: 48 ½ – 66 lb (22 – 30 kg)
Nature: Obedient, affectionate
The breed is even-tempered and settles well in the home provided that it has adequate opportunity for exercise. Its sleek, short coat creates and elegant appearance, and can range in coloration from sandy-yellow to gold. A more recent introduction has been the Wire-haired form, created during the 1930s by crossings involving the German Wire-haired Pointer. Sometimes referred to by its native name of Drotszoru, this has proved a somewhat hardiet dog, happy to retrieve ducks from freezing water. Their affectionate natures make them well worth considering as pets.