A robust, noble-looking, medium-sized dog, the adult male Hungarian Vizsla stands at 57-64cm and the adult female at 53-60cm. They weigh 20-30kg. The short, dense coat is smooth and comes in an eye-catching reddish-gold colour.

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Hungarian Vizsla


The Vizsla dog breed is a long-established breed, dating back centuries. Carpathian stone carvings thought to be 1,000 years old have been found, showing a nomadic Magyar hunting with a falcon and a dog that closely resembles the Vizsla. Following two world wars, the breed almost died out, but dedicated breeders managed to revive the breed with dogs that were smuggled out of Hungary. Today, the breed is not only a popular HPR (hunt, point, retrieve) dog; he is also a much-loved companion.


A larger-than-life character, the Hungarian Vizsla makes a fun, lively, loving companion for those who can give him the time and attention he needs. A sensitive dog, he enjoys being active and learning new things and revels in training, provided it is fun and rewarding. He is naturally protective of his loved ones.


The Hungarian Vizsla is generally a healthy breed. The most common breed specific problems are a swallowing disorder and epilepsy.


The Hungarian Vizsla needs at least two hours of daily exercise a day. As you'd expect, given his HPR background, retrieve games (on land and in water) are popular with him, though he is versatile and has been successful in many canine pursuits – from the field to the agility ring.


Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.


The short, smooth coat is dense and quite greasy, and needs very little maintenance – just a weekly brush.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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The Wire-Haired Visla is as fun-loving as its smoother-coated relative, but can withstand colder climates cooler water. Find out more about them here.

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What to Consider next


It is incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. It often means offering them a second chance in life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family, a forever home. Reputable centers will be very careful about matching the right people with the right dogs. Staff learns all they can about the dogs they take in, and will spend time getting to know you, your family and your lifestyle, before they match you with any of their dogs. They’ll also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have before and after the adoption.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Contact The Kennel Club or a breed-club secretary who may have a list of litters available, or should be able to put you in contact with breeders in your area. Try to choose a breeder who is part of the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme.Visit dog shows to meet breeders in person and inquire about availability of pups of your chosen breed.

Welcoming your dog home

Whether you’re bringing home a tiny puppy or rehoming an adult dog, this is a hugely exciting time for everyone. While you’re waiting for the big day you might need to distract yourself, so luckily there are a few things you need to sort out before you welcome your new arrival. Click here for more information