All About Vizslas

Sarah Bohl, Staff Writer

The Vizslas breed is a very high energy breed, they need 1-2 hours of non stop intensive play each day even when they get well into their adulthood. On top of that their top speed is about 40 mph putting them in the top 10 fastest dog breeds known to man.  


Vizslas are a very emotional breed as well. They tend to have separation anxiety and if not trained with consistency and patience the vizsla breed cn become destructive to surrounding and reluctant towards their owner. Despite their probability to be problematic they are very smart and thrive for human bonding. Sometimes being referred to as the “velcro dog”  because of how deep of a connection they make with their owners. While most dogs are affectionate this breed of dog is especially attached to its people.


The word “Vizsla” actually means “pointer” in hungarian. Which actually refers to the breeds ability to literally point with their snout to hunters pray such as ducks and birds.

Vizslas are very well known for being a short hairs breed, with reddish brown tints from their hair, toe nails, eyelashes, and even red skin around the eyes. When they originally open their eyes they are blue but as they mature fade into brown with yellow.


The average lifespan of a vizsla is about 14 years, and they have a low tendency to bark, snore, and dig. They should rage in weight from 45-55 pounds


Some of the most common problematic health conditions that tend to come with owning a vizsla after a certain amount of times include epilepsy blood clotting disorders, eye disorders, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and cancers including lymphosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma. Vizslas also have sensitive skin.


Though vizslas do not have a undercoat to their fur, they still do shed. Their hair is just harder to see in small amounts because their coating is short and thin. They best way to brush a vizsla is to brush front to back with a soft or rubber brush, grooming needs are relatively low for this breed as you only need to bath them 3-6 times a year.


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