ALL ABOUT™ VIZSLAS
Vizsla Puppy & Breed Information
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Originally from Hungary, the Vizsla (means “pointer” in Hungarian) is a medium-sized, short-coated, hunting dog with characteristics from both pointers and retrievers. His keen nose and endless energy help him to excel in the field. Other talents of the Vizsla include obedience competitions, agility, and always alert watchdog.
Vizsla Coat, Color, Care: The beautiful rich rust coat is short, smooth, dense, and close-lying. Sometimes there are lighter shadings over the side of the neck and shoulders that give the appearance of a "saddle". White on the forechest (as small as possible) and on the toes is permissible. An occasional brushing keeps him sparkling.
Vizsla Personality: A natural hunter, the Vizsla has a good nose and above-average trainability. He is affectionate, sensitive yet fearless and has a strong protective instinct. Don’t be surprised if he wants to live in your lap. Patient, calm, firm handed obedience training and socialization early on to strange people, places, sounds, and animals will help maintain his energy and attitude.
Exercise Requirements: He is packed with energy and stamina so daily jogging, roller-blading, bicycling and plenty of opportunity to run in his fenced yard will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or barking.
Health Concerns: Health Concerns: Vizslas live 12-15 years and are prone to hip dysplasia which is common with large, fast growing breeds but can be modified by diet and proper exercise. Eye problems (PRA), epilepsy, seizures, skin disease, bleeding disorders and cancer also affect this breed. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.
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