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Gun Dog Breeders: Hungarian Vizsla Facts

By    |   Wednesday, 02 Dec 2015 10:18 PM

Coming in at 33rd on the list of top dog breeds by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the smart, sleek, and sensitive Hungarian vizsla is highly esteemed. This sharp gun dog is known for its success as a hunting dog, a competitive show dog, and a loving family pet, and reputable breeders seek to enhance these qualities through selective breeding.

Here are some interesting facts about the Hungarian vizsla, according to the AKC and the Vizsla Club of America.

1. History
An ancient hunting breed, the vizsla was used to hunt with falcons long before guns, the Vizsla Club noted. Hungarian nobles were the careful breeders of this present-day gun dog for centuries. After two world wars, the vizsla was almost extinct, but the AKC took interest after World War II when the first vizslas were imported to the United States.

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2. Hunting Type
Essentially a pointer, the vizsla has traits of both a pointer and a retriever. The AKC describes this breed as "suitable for work on upland game, on rabbits, and for waterfowl retrieving."

3. Recognition
Vizslas have won the titles of the AKC's first triple champion and the first quintuple champion, excelling in the show ring, field work, agility, and obedience, and proving their versatility, Modern Dog Magazine noted.

4. Temperament
Described by the AKC as "gentle, affectionate, energetic, and eager," this gun dog is known for admirable traits that breeders seek to pass down through generations. Its loyal and pleasing nature make it a great hunting or family companion. The vizsla is intelligent, sensitive, and highly trainable. Its need to be close to its owner has earned this breed the nickname "velcro dog," according to Vizsla.com.

5. Exercise
The vizsla is a high-energy dog that needs a job to do whether it is hunting in the field or jogging with family members. Inadequate exercise can lead to behavior problems, psychological issues, and compulsive behavior in this breed. Vizsla.com suggested a long walk or run in addition to other exercise at least twice a day to satisfy this need for activity.

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6. Grooming
The short coat of the vizsla sheds throughout the year, but requires only weekly grooming and the occasional bath to keep it looking good.

7. Health
While there are some health concerns including hip dysplasia and eye disease, most vizslas are healthy and strong. Reputable breeders help to ensure that this gun dog breed maintains its health, strength, and versatility.

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