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Gun Dog Breeders: Grooming Tips for Hungarian Vizslas

By    |   Thursday, 03 Mar 2016 04:44 PM

The Hungarian Vizsla is one of the oldest existing hunting dogs, having been used originally to hunt with falcons. For centuries, Hungarian noblemen served as careful breeders cultivating the Vizsla into the versatile, strong, and sensitive gun dog that it is today, according to the Vizsla Club of America. These qualities, still sought by responsible breeders, help make the Vizsla both a winning field dog and a trusty companion.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) ranked the Vizsla at No. 33 on its list of most popular dog breeds. The Vizsla has a history of excellence in hunting, in the show ring, and in the home. Regardless of what role the Vizsla is playing, breeders agree this short-coated gun dog needs proper exercise, training, nutrition, and grooming to keep it healthy and performing at its best.

Because of the Vizsla's short coat, its regular grooming requirements are minimal. According to Vizsla.com, "Vizslas are naturally clean with little to no smell – unless they've been mucking about in swamps during a hunting excursion. But, even then, their short, close-lying coats help keep them from getting too muddy or smelly."

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Bathing the Vizsla is rarely necessary, with some dogs getting a bath only twice a year. In fact, frequent bathing can fade the color of the coat and remove the dog's natural moisturizing oils. When a bath is needed, a dry or natural shampoo should be used. Spot cleaning of the Vizsla's face can help maintain a fresh appearance between baths.

Although the Vizsla has a short coat, he does shed a surprising amount. Regular brushing with a bristle brush can minimize shedding as well as maintain a healthy coat and skin. The well-bred Vizsla may be a good choice for people with allergies as he does not have an undercoat.

However, Dogtime reported that "some breeders sell Vizslas with a woolly undercoat, coats that are longer than normal, or of a different color." These traits should be avoided as reputable breeders aim to follow the breed standard for this gun dog.

Aside from coat maintenance, the AKC advised that the Vizsla's "strong, fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting, and cracking." Regular brushing of the teeth and checking of the ears to avoid wax buildup are also recommended to keep the Vizsla healthy.

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The Hungarian Vizsla is one of the oldest existing hunting dogs, having been used originally to hunt with falcons. For centuries, Hungarian noblemen served as careful breeders cultivating the Vizsla into the versatile, strong, and sensitive gun dog that it is today.
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