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Hungarian Vizslas are a versatile, rugged but elegant athlete that were bed for long days of hunting. Easily identified by their gold/rust coloured coat, they are a lean, light footed companion when hunting but also make amazing family pets. Hungarian Vizslas are the most common trained  dog in Canine Snake Avoidance and learn this process very quickly.


Official classification:    Gun Dog

Country of origin:            Hungarian Vizslas

Size & Weight:                Males: 58-64 cms, Females: 54-60 cms

                                        Males: 25kg – 27kg, Females 20 – 25kg


Hungarian Vizsla
Canine Snake Avoidance

The most common dog trained by our Canine Snake Avoidance team is the Hungarian Vizsla both as a hunting and companion dog due to their popularity. Vizslas always perform very well at canine snake avoidance as we understand this breed in great detail. Vizslas learn very quickly to avoid snakes on visual contact, and have the ability to scent snakes from incredible distances that continue to surprise everyone who witnesses this. One Vizsla scented a hidden snake and moved away from over 20 metres away when the wind changed into the direction of the dog. The Hungarian Vizsla’s great memory means that they tend to remember and generalise the canine snake avoidance training long after it has occurred and in any locations.

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About Hungarian Vizslas


  • Highly adaptable and very trainable

  • Very affectionate

  • Can be good with cats

  • Great with families

  • Love to exercise

  • Easy to Groom and barely shed

  • Highly intelligent and playful

  • Can be good with other dogs if properly socialised



  • Don’t usually do well in apartments

  • Can bark if bored so need to be mentally stimulated.

  • Can have health issues if not a product of selective breeding

  • Require a lot of exercise and a job to do. Not for low energy owners wanting a “toy” dog.

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History of Hungarian Vizsla

Attila the Hun entered Europe bringing with him devastation upon European societies of the time. The Huns were also known for their falconry, and required a dog that could flush out bird game from scrub for the falcons. These dogs are thought to be the ancestors of the Hungarian Vizsla as dogs settled in the Carpathian basic with the nomadic Hungarian tribes. As the name suggest, Vizsla dogs were bred over time in Hungary. They both pointing and retrieve still today where their genetic ancestry means they were still capable of working in tandem with falcon birds as part of the hunt by pointing, then flushing out bird prey for which the falcon would dive, bring to earth, kill for its master.

As time progressed and we entered the industrial era, Hungarian Vizslas role changed where by World War I, they served as messenger dogs but the scarcity of resources of the time meant that people could not afford to continue to breed them. The situation of the Hungarian Vizsla worsened during World War II. The breed nearly became extinct until Americans began to take interest in the breed in the 1950s, and by the 1960’s, the American Kennel Club officially recognised the Vizsla. In the modern day, Vizslas retained their instinct and still make for great hunting dogs, but also keen family pets. Hungarian Vizslas can be used for guide dogs, and their amazing nose makes them perfect candidates for drug detection as well as search and rescue dogs.


Hungarian Vizsla Appearance

Coat: Hungarian Vizsla coats are Short and dense, hard to the touch but leathers towards the ears There is no undercoat.

Head: Hungarian Vizsla heads should be dry, noble and well proportioned with skull moderately wide, and slightly domed. Nose should be well developed. Jaw powerful and cheeks strong and well muscled.

Ears: Medium height, little backward, hang close to the cheeks and end in a V shape.

Eyes: Hungarian Vizsla's have Dark brown Eyes are slightly oval and medium sized with well fitting eye lids.

Body: Pronounced and muscular withers with a strong solid well muscled back. Loin is short, broad, tight and muscular. Chest deep and broad.

Gait: Hungarian Vizslas have an Animated gait with a light foot trot that is elegant and far reaching.

Legs: Straight and parallel forequarters, well angulated hind quarters.

Tail: The Hungarian Vizsla tail should be Slightly low, strong at the base, then tapering. Well covered by a dense coat.

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Hungarian Vizsla Care

Health & Lifespan

Hungarian Vizslas bred properly can have very limited health issues. These overall can be a very health happy dog. That said, those without strong breeding lines can have the following issues that include epilepsy, Von Willebrand’s disease (blood clotting issue), haemophilia, eye disorders, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and cancers. The main issue is that not all conditions are detectable in a growing puppy and can be hard to predict disease until adulthood.



Grooming a Hungarian Vizsla is very easy. Their short coat needs to be brushed weekly and baths are rarely necessary. Keep ears clean and dry and nails trimmed.

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Hungarian Vizsla Character

Hungarian Vizslas are a highly adaptable and versatile gun dog capable of working in all weather conditions in fields, forests, water and scrub. They have an amazing nose and scent capacity, and swim very well too. They make for an amazing companion and family dog due to the Hungarian Vizslas friendly temperament and ease for training. Hungarian Vizslas have a willingness to maintain contact with their master/family and have a balanced temperament.


Their overall great temperament makes them a very popular family dog. That is why people adore the Hungarian Vizsla. They are devoted affectionate in nature and have strong enthusiasm for life. They are gentle, lively and fearless. Vizslas also make good watch dogs. Their boundless energy needs to be considered so a big field to fun in is essential to making a happy Vizsla.

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Exercise & Training Considerations

Training Hungarian Vizslas needs to occur at an early age. Puppies are rambunctious and require constant supervision. Hungarian Vizslas love children, but as puppies may mouth children, take their toys and knock them down. Vizslas respond very well to positive training methods and can shy aware from harshness or loud rebuking. Other aspects of Hungarian Vizsla training to take into consideration are that they thrive on attention, exercise and interaction.


Hungarian Vizslas are extremely smart and capable of learning a lot. They absorb information really quickly even at a young age, and their desire to please makes them very easy to train. Like all dogs, Hungarian Vizslas require to be socialised early. You will learn very quickly being the owner of a Vizsla that their nose is remarkable and can be used to help train them in scent detection really quickly.

Hungarian Vizslas instinctively hunt and are capable of pointing and retrieving even before one year of age. They can retrieve from land and water. Vizslas also have excellent memory and are noted for their ability to remember and pinpoint the best spots for finding birds.

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The Hungarian Vizsla

Hungarian Vizslas are a medium sized and elegant gun dog. They have a noble appearance with a short golden/reddish/brown coat. They are lean and intelligent dogs The facial expression of Vizslas can be extremely loving and sensitive around the home, but when at work hunting, is intense and focused. Vizslas form very close relationships with their owners and don’t like to be left alone. They excel at many sports and activities, trot at great stamina and can reach an amazing high level of potential.


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