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Understanding and Training a Hungarian Vizsla

Hungarian Vizsla

The vast variety of bloodlines that is known today as the Hungarian Vizsla has endowed the breed with its remarkable versatility:  The breed has beauty and brawn; excels in obedience, field and working trials, agility, freestyle and show. 

This broad range of characteristics also make this breed an ideal companion in work, play and affection, including immense sensitivities to its owner. 

Due to its hard working, yet gentle nature, harsh methods of training should be avoided at all costs.  Rather ignore all unwanted behaviour and reinforce (reward) all desired behaviour.  Be a clear and consistent leader, and value and include your Vizsla in your activities to make the utmost of your relationship together.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Hungarian Vizsla

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 50 - 65 lbs (22 - 30 kg); 57 - 64 cm
  • General Temperament: Gentle & Responsive
  • General Description: In as much as this dogs works and responds, it is just as gentle and loving. Value and include your Vizsla in your activities, yet maintain leadership for both a harmonious and highly rewarding relationship.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience   x      
Good Family Dog   x      
Exercise Required x        
Activity Indoors   x      
Ease of Training   x      
Sociability with Strangers   x      
Grooming Requirements       x  

 

Brief History

Due to its ancient history, it is difficult to confirm the exact origins of the breed. It is believed that the Vizsla was a descendent of the Yellow Turkish Dogs that accompanied the Magyars in their invasion of Hungary. Later, a vast variety of Hound breeds were added to the bloodline, with more recent Pointer additions. The Vizsla we know today is relatively new to the United Kingdom, having awarded its first challenge certificate status in 1971.

 

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