Vizsla breed information

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Vizsla is used mainly as a companion dog. The vizsla ranges in weight from 48 to 66 pounds. They stand between 22 and 25 inches at the shoulder.
This breed is reliable with children, able to adapt quickly to family life, and is generally good with other dogs. The Vizsla is energetic and athletic; it must receive sufficient exercise or it may become destructive or neurotic. This breed is gentle, friendly and makes an excellent family dog.

Vizsla

Vizsla

Temperament:
Vizslas are very high energy, gentle-mannered, loyal, caring, and highly affectionate. They quickly form close bonds with their owners, including children. Often they are referred to as "velcro" dogs because of their loyalty and affection. They are quiet dogs, only barking if necessary or provoked.

They are natural hunters with an excellent ability to take training. Not only are they great pointers, but they are excellent retrievers as well. They will retrieve on land and in the water, making the most of their natural instincts. However, they must be trained gently and without harsh commands or strong physical correction, as they have sensitive temperaments and can be easily damaged if trained too harshly.Vizslas are excellent swimmers and often swim in pools if one is available. Like all gun dogs, Vizslas require a good deal of exercise to remain healthy and happy. Thirty minutes to an hour of exercise daily in a large off-leash area is optimal.

Coat:
The standard coat is a solid golden-rust color in different shadings, but some breeding programs have resulted in a solid rust coat. The coat could also be described as a copper/brown color, russet gold and dark sandy gold. Solid dark mahogany red and pale yellow are faulty. Small areas of white on the fore-chest and on the toes are permissible but not preferred. Some variations in the Vizsla coat color along their back is typical.

Vizsla History
Originating from Hungary, the Vizsla has a long history and was once a popular hunting dog with nomadic tribes. A hunter of game birds and hares, the Vizsla did not become widely known until after the Second World War. The breed was registered with the AKC in 1960.

Health
There are a number of health problems linked to this breed, including entropion, SA, epilepsy, PRA, HD, seizures, cancer, thyroid problems, and cancer. The parents of the Vizsla puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates, and you should also ask about a skin punch for sebaceous adenitis (SA).

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