The Hungarian Vizsla This page has been updated April 19. I hope this page helps new families wanting to learn more about the Hungarian Vizsla.
How do you pronounce the name Vizsla ? Veesh-lah. I just call them Vizsla as its easier. They are called many other names in other countries. Maygar Vizsla, Vizsla Korthaar (Belgium), Rovidszoru Magyar Vizsla (France)
This is what everyone falls in love with. The cute puppy face. But the Hungarian Vizsla is a puppy for such a short time, as they grow fast, and learn quick. So you must fall in love with the adult first before you commit to a puppy.
When we have set our heart on wanting a dog breed, we only see the good points. This is because we convince ourselves that this dog will be right for our family. We may even go on forums and only read the points we want to see, tell our partners the good points that we want to see. But with every ginger package comes another side which is commitment. They are not a breed which can cope all day on its own, so if you both work full time away from the house, then do not get a Vizsla. So think carefully before introducing one into your home as its unfair to dump a dog in rescue or back at the breeders, just because you cant cope with it. The Vizsla is a breed of dog which bonds with its owner, and it can take a good 12 months before it adjusts to a new family. So its not just a case of re-home the dog it wont matter. The dog bonds to you, so please do not take on a Vizsla if you can not commit to it, the rest of its life.
GOOD POINTS ABOUT HUNGARIAN VIZSLA
The Hungarian Vizsla loves cuddles, a breed that loves to snuggle in blankets, or cosy cove beds. Doesn't it look cute? A dog that can seem human like. A level of intelligence not found in other breeds. Lively, active and fun. Good retrieving dogs. Loves swimming. Appeals to athletes and families that are outgoing. Not overly big and suitable for homes. Biddable wants to please you. Fairly good with other breeds of dogs. Can live in harmony with other pets. Good with older children/teenagers and adults. Wants to be with you a lot. Ideal house dogs, as short coated, they do not smell too much, and when they moult their is little hair. They love being with you. Some call them Velcro dogs, as if its only this breed which is like this. This is not true however as I have Pugs who are velcro dogs, French bulldogs that are velcro dogs. Any dog loves its owner more than life itself. So its not a great word to use as most breeds actually are velcro dogs.
Dogs with good temperaments, who love to be out and be busy.
BAD POINTS ABOUT HUNGARIAN VIZSLA I do not see this as a bad point, but it has to be mentioned as so many people today want a dog to be behaved but do not want to put the work in. So this is a dog that 100% needs training, so you will have to invest time and money into your dog to have a well behaved dog. If you do not to to a training class before 16 weeks, be it puppy classes, or fun socialisation your dog could show unwanted behaviours later in life approx 6 months of age, or 2. Be warned!
I get asked “Can I just send my dog to a trainer with out having to go?”, The answer is sure if you want the dog to respond to the trainer and not you. You must take part along side your dog any training. You have to be taught too how to get the best from your dog. Sure you can pay someone to do all the donkey work for you, but do not expect the dog to respond to you 100%. You will get out of the dog what you yourself put in.
An active breed which means the dog is fast, its agile, its able to jump fences or gate ways. Of course dogs which can be agile are usually healthy so again is it a bad point? Not for most of us, but for some who want tiny breeds this would be their worst nightmare. So make sure your home is fenced securely before taking on a Vizsla. He can also dig under fences, so make sure fences are not weak.
A dog which could chase farm animals if not trained, how horrible would it be to know your dogs killed sheep. You can not say this breed wouldn't as it can. Its your job to train your dog to accept all other animals.
Not always good in cars. Can be car sick. But nothing that can not be trained out of but takes time and dedication. Early socialisation to car travel is definitely a must.
Can dig holes yes, and can go under fences and be gone. So fence your property well.
It worries most of us today that people take to forums for advice, and can not think logically for themselves. You have to have good common sense to own a dog successfully.
The Vizsla being active and needing something to think about is a bonus for people who want active dogs.
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Points to remember: A breeder is not your trainer. A breeder rears puppies with love, socialising them to all the things they need to see from 0-8 weeks. Weaning them from mother dog. Puppies are not lead trained at 8 weeks, and they are not sitting, staying, waiting by 8 weeks. They are also NOT HOUSE TRAINED at 8 weeks. All the training will begin with YOUand you alone. You need to go to training classes, and if the classes are not helping you find another trainer. One on one training is no good for a Vizsla you need to go to classes where the dog can meet many breeds of dogs. If your dog has issues which you are not dealing with, and your trainer is not helping then find another. You do not need just a gun dog trainer, an obedience trainer is what you need if you want a pet that is well behaved. If you choose to do gun dog training then that is entirely up to you. But you've got to start early on. Bad behaviours are often dogs which have been allowed to do something from an early age which was not trained to stop doing it. The trainer will help you and guide you. They will know you and your dog more than anyone else so you must confide in them if you are struggling.
You hear lots of instances where breeders get blamed for bad behaviour with dogs. But the truth is a breeder can only do so much in social skills as the dog is not developed enough whilst with the breeder to start with any basic training. For example we take dogs outside to the toilet to start that pattern but you need to build on it. So as much as this could hurt your feelings I can not stress enough that the dogs behaviour is down to its learning with you. You absolutely must train this breed.
The Kennel club good citizen scheme is an ideal start to your dog training and obedience. The first stage is Bronze, then Silver then Gold. Click HERE
Contrary to what you may listen to on facebook the Hungarian Vizsla is not for young families or pregnant women. Todays lifestyle is quite demanding having children, with the after school clubs, constant attention with the children that a high energy dog doesn't always get the input it requires. A Vizsla puppy is a Kangaroo from 16 weeks upwards, and it can deliver quite a punch to the stomach when it jumps up. Not ideal for the pregnant lady is it! A dog thrown in the garden all day will become bored, it will escape. The Vizsla is better suited to school age children if not teenagers. I had a case a year ago where a pregnant lady rang me wanting a puppy so that when the baby was born she would of already started the house training with the puppy first. I did refuse to sell her a puppy because she didn't think of what could happen in the last trimester of her pregnancy and many women end up in hospital. Sure enough she brought a puppy from another breeder and they had to re-home that puppy two weeks after they brought it as she ended up in hospital. Think very sensibly. As a mother I remember once I had my baby nothing in the world mattered except that baby. Its a hormone that makes us devoted to parenthood, and a dog doesn't always fit in with the sudden new demand of what a baby requires. Please wait until your baby is at school and growing up before you introduce a dog.
Not Christmas presents. Or any surprise present. Ive seen a few cases in my time, where someone was given a puppy for a present, and the person it was given too, didnt want the puppy. The puppy then ends up being resold or given to rescue. You might have totally read the situation wrong, and although some people love animals, when they are presented with one its a whole different matter.
Will a Hungarian Vizsla get on with other dog breeds? Yes it will do, they love company. But they enjoy their own breeds company even more. I even notice that my dogs split when it comes to cuddling up, or playing. Each breed understands itself the best, maybe they have a language only they know. I have Pug, French bulldogs and they all get on well, but the little dogs do not have the energy of a Vizsla. Especially a young Vizsla.
Never ever buy two Vizsla puppies together. Why not? Because this breed bonds with its sibling, and they ignore you. When a dog ignores the owners, they are harder to train, become only reliant on its sibling, and one will develop dominance and the other timid. The timid one will follow only and not lead and it will be quite insecure. They can also run off into the distance and you will not see them again as they only need each other, they do not need to come back to you. Buy another a year later once the first one is fully trained. If your dog is not fully trained after 1 years wait until 2 years of age. Do not be tempted to buy another from two different breeders so the breeders do not realise. The Vizsla world is the closest community ever and we all get to hear whose buying dogs off each other. Take this advice and heed the warning. Do not buy two siblings together. Or two of similar age together. Wait for your own sake, for your dogs own sake. Trainers will never advice two together. You can purchase two different breeds such as two sibling pugs and have no real issues. But with HPR you certainly will pull your hair out.
What is the breed standard ? You may hear of show breeders using the term breed standard which pet breeders do not understand. Each breed standard is a description of the breeds. It is what makes a poodle a poodle, a Vizsla a Vizsla and so on. As judges we have to familiarise ourselves with the breed standard and choose dogs which match the standard as close as possible. We can with hold places if we think the dog does not fit the standard. Judges try to protect the breed, they breed dogs which are of exceptional quality compared to pet breeding. Pet breeding will become more difficult for many with the new breeding laws which come into place last October 1st 2017. As many people will not be able to acquire a license.
Finding a breeder is not always easy. Where should you start? The Kennel club set up a scheme years ago for the welfare of breeding dogs. A 3 yearly check is done by an assessor which checks the paper work is correct and up to date. That good welfare is met with the breeding dogs. It is called "The Assured breeder scheme", their are today many breeders who will not join the scheme yet are good breeders. So you must talk to your breeder at length to become happy with their breeding practises.
October 1st 2017 new welfare laws came in with Defra. They should all be the same across the UK but unfortunately councils have interpreted the new breeding laws differently. It is not the councils job to determine if you are making profit. It is your tax return to HMRC. If you sell puppies then you need a license. If you can prove your losses then talk to your council as you may be allowed 1-2 litters per year, Get it in writing also if you are breeder reading this. Its come to my attention that fines are issued to those who do not have a license. So as a puppy purchaser today it is better to buy from someone whose established with a breeding license and knows the laws, over those who are doing it quietly and pocket their money and don't inform hmrc of their earnings. Years ago licenses were associated with bad breeding and puppy farming, well no longer!! Its the opposite now. To buy a puppy go and see the breeder and see the dogs live in the house or clean kennels. Do not purchase from filthy breeders who are cutting corners. The health of your puppy will suffer probably for the rest of its life if you are not purchasing from clean establishments.
Go to an established breeder, as they will know more about breeding dogs than first timers, or someone thats had a few litters only. They will be able to give you better advice on the breed, on rearing the puppy, because they have the experience. Everyone starts somewhere, but I know only I go to established breeders who can give me advice. Its comforting to know that a phone call away can help sort out any issues you maybe having.
Their are two breed clubs in the UK. The Hungarian Vizsla society and The Hungarian Vizsla club. They also have a welfare along side the club for rescue dogs. You may prefer to give a dog a home which has been given to rescue. The breed clubs also host seminars for up and coming judges each year, plus a champ show per year and an open show per year. They take a fee for you to join and the fee is used to help promote the breed. Not all breeders are breed club members. Anyone can join the breed club, take a look at their websites. The club needs new members to continue. Breed clubs put on champ shows and open shows each year, they give up their time freely to promote the breed of dog. Breeding rules on the Vizsla at Clubs has changed to 1-4 litters from a bitch in her lifetime now. This is to come in line with the new breeding laws, and also the Kennel club rules and regulations to breeding.
Another option of owning a Vizsla is contacting a breeder for an older dog or bitch, one thats retired from showing or breeding. You will at least have all history on the dog if its come from one place. I know a lot do not agree with this practise and a lot do. All Im doing here is telling you their is that option with some breeders. I was only speaking to someone the other day that wants an older Pug, and has asked me to keep my ear to the ground if a breeder is rehoming one. It is common practise in some breeds.
The Hungarian Vizsla is short coated, but it does coat (Moult). If you are allergic to dogs, you will be most likely allergic to a Vizsla. Before you even purchase a Vizsla go and have allergy testing done at your doctors. It is unfair to buy one knowing you may have to give it up. Better to have the allergy testing done, so you 100% know if you are allergic to dog. A lot of people assume they are and they are not. The Hungarian Vizsla is like any other dog and it comes with dog smells. Do not read the rubbish online that tells you they do not smell. To minimise smell of any dog its your job to care for its coat, and bath it when needed. Remember dogs roll in pee you cant see, poop, mud, and water. Water in the coat will smell horrible.
The Hungarian Vizsla coat is classified as Russet Gold. A judge once described their coat colour as a brioche bun. It can have shades of darker or paler coat which is acceptable. In Hungary the paler coat blends in with grasses whilst hunting, so a paler coat is more desirable with some kennels.
Only buy a pedigree Hungarian Vizsla with Kennel club papers and pedigree. If you purchase an unregistered dog your dog may not even be pedigree, or the breeder is trying to avoid registration for tax purposes.
Facebook is NOT the place to buy puppies. Literally I just learnt that Facebook is now refusing sales of dogs on facebook. I knew that social media could not advertise puppies but only 25th April did I learn they are now banning these groups and pages who sell dogs from. Because the law is the breeder needs a license and the license number must be displayed in their advert. Of course on facebook you had all the people breeding on there who were doing it incorrectly and finally its now caught up. Their are still a few Vizsla site on line but Im sure they will also disappear in due course.
Facebook forums are not always the place to get good advice. Especially from pet owners who actually know nothing at all. If you have a problem with your dog you should talk it through with your dog trainer. If you do not have a dog trainer then find a dog trainer. You need to be present with your dog for your trainer to talk you through how to over come small issues with your dog. Facebook can not do this for you. We didn't have facebook in the 1970's, we just got on with it. Or talk to your established breeder, which is another good point to go to someone with experience over someone whose never had a litter before.
If you wish to train your dog to be a gun dog, then you will need gun dog training. If you are in Norfolk why not contact the Norfolk Gundog club. Click HERE. If not go to your breed club and ask if they know of any near to you.
If you wish to show your dog only buy from show kennels. Then go to ring craft training. The ladies and gents there will teach you what you need to do.
This is something that every owner is supposed to know and follow. Its called "The five freedoms of animal welfare". If you asked 10 people have they ever heard of it, they would say no. But this is a law about owning dogs, and if we break them we can be prosecuted.
1) Freedom from hunger and thirst – by providing enough fresh water and the right type and amount of food to keep them. 2) Freedom from discomfort – by making sure that animals have the right type of environment including shelter and somewhere comfortable to rest. 3) Freedom from pain, injury and disease – by preventing them from getting ill or injured and by making sure animals are diagnosed and treated rapidly if they do. 4) Freedom to express normal behaviour – by making sure animals have enough space, proper facilities and the company of other animals of their own kind. 5) Freedom from fear and distress – by making sure their conditions and treatment avoid mental suffering.
If you can not afford veterinary fees as they are expensive you should really think about purchasing dog insurance. So that if your dog needs veterinary attention you are covered. My vet used to say £4000 worth of cover was enough. Now in 2019 they are saying £15,000 worth of cover. Get as high as you possibly can do. Then you know you are covered. You want lifetime cover, and you want an insurance that will continue to pay out on health issues. Because some only pay out to a value of say £4000 for any illness and then thats it.
You will hear descriptions on line as fur baby, this breed is not a fur baby. They are clever yes and can act human like but they are a dog which needs a level of respect and training. Neglect at your peril. Velcro dog. I find this description a bit silly because every dog I own wants to be with me, stuck to me. So I'm not sure why the Vizsla was labelled like this as every dog breed loves its owner. You will find me evenings under neath pugs, and Vizsla ha ha.
Exercise A Hungarian Vizsla puppy can fool you into thinking they need a lot of exercise as they seem very active puppies. However this puppy will need rest periods, and even crated rest to ensure this is a proper rest period on your terms. Puppies have growth spurts and you should not over exercise whilst your dog is growing. A dog is not classified as an adult until 18 months, so whilst this dog is still developing you must not over exercise it. A dog must not be allowed to run up and down stairs, or mountains, or running beside your bike, or jogging beside you until 18 months when the bones have set. They must not over do gun dog training other wise you can end up with growth issues.
White - White marks on the chest is acceptable although not too large. Some have white on their feet also. If a puppy is born with white feet yet the pads are dark brown the white will go. If the pads are pink the White will stay. For a show dog it would be preferable not to have white feet. Just remember all old Hungarian vizsla get white faces and white legs. Most puppies which are born with white feet it just disappears over time.
Health tests - The only Kennel club required health test is hip scoring. However their are other health tests which can be privately done by breeders. Glaucoma testing with a specialist vet. Elbow scoring. HUU - Dna test. CA - Dna test.
Co Efficiency - No good breeders follow the co efficiency that the kennel club set out, because their is not enough information on dogs from abroad. So if a breeder is outcrossing, their may be no data base in the UK of that dog. So if you go to an import not all the relatives will be recorded on the UK system, so this makes false readings. A good breeder knows more or less if their are any health problems in their breeding lines, and try by DNA to avoid future health issues. Of course some follow it like the bible. I think its a handy guide but it can be a false guide.
Life Span - The life span of a vizsla is 12/14years. But truthfully a dog does well to reach ten years of age.
Elderly Dog - Needs a different kind of life style to a younger Vizsla. Although it may seem pretty active be kind to your dog and not drag it up mountains or over exercise it. The older dog may have arthritis, and it will be in pain after excessive walking. The elderly dog doesn't need as much protein in its diet to the younger dog. So you may have to change the diet so the dog does not become fat. The older dog can be grouchy with younger dogs. Put yourself in their shoes, as an elderly person you would not want toddlers leaping all over you. Also an elderly dog does not want to be dragged up tall mountains. They need a level of care an elderly person would require. They can also become poor sighted and bump into things, and they can become little incontinent. Im afraid old age comes to everyone. Also the elderly dog has a white face and legs, and some even have white bodies.
Finding a breeder - Usually all good breeders know each other and it is a lot of word and mouth and recommendations. 1 Do not purchase from any advert in the big sales websites for pets/cars/furtniture. This is where stolen dogs and puppy farmers advertise. Better to go to Vizsla rescue than purchase from one of these sites. 2 Do not be fooled by some adverts saying at seven months the dog is fully trained. HPR can take two years to be fully trained. 3 Do not buy from pet litters. More often than not they are producing poor looking dogs, small, unhealthy, not health tested parents. Often issues with not true parentage. Many pet litters the breeders are not paying taxes on their puppy sales. The law requires taxes to be paid. They are also cutting corners in stud fees, cheap means poor quality in dogs. 4 Make sure you see mummy dog, and preferably more family members. 5 You may not see dad if he belongs to someone else. 6 Try the kennel club website assured breeder scheme. Of course their are other breeders who are dedicated, experienced and not part of the scheme. But the scheme is a good starting point as the assured scheme requires the dogs to have minimum health testing which is hip scoring. 7 A council license is required in October 2018 if a breeder has more than 2 litters. Some ares its if you sell one puppy, like mine. 8 Try Hungarian vizsla club website for puppy list or the Hungarin Vizsla society for puppy list. Someone will always know of someone else who has puppies. 9 Do buy from show people. They are at the forefront on health testing. Often knowing several generations in the pedigree. 10 Do not go and buy a puppy if you get to a premises and realise it's a puppy farm. If you hand over cash, the mother of pups will be put straight into pup again. Bad breeding practises would soon go if they couldn't sell their dogs. Some bitches are bred every season so will have two litters per year. This is unethical breeding. A bitch should always have one season in between litters, unless their seasons are every 1 year to 14 months between. By law now a bitch must have 12 months in-between the birth of next one. 11 Just because someone owns more than one breed doesn't mean they are a puppy farmer. Some people are genuinely dog lovers and owning them wish to learn about the breed. Some of the best judges in the UK own several breeds, and their is nothing like owning more than one breed to learn about its construction, history and breed type. 12 Puppy farmers are those with more popular easy breeds such as Cocker spaniels, Cavalieer, Yorkshire terriers, West Highland terriers, Labradors. Poodles, and Cockerpoo, labradoodle etc. Dogs which are overly popular. No health tests done. Do not use good champions in their breeding but brag their pedigree has champions, maybe from getting hold of bitches after owners are sick and tired of them. Unfortunately there are a few Vizsla been allowed into the hands of some of these so called breeders. Go see the breeder before buying, if you see a barn full of crates with pups in. Is the home clean. Does it seem like the couples home? As sometimes they have fake empty properties they use to sell puppies from. So look about, does the home appear lived in. ? 13 Do not buy from a man in the pub, or a man in a car park, auction or pet shop and in particular travellers. These are most likely stolen dogs. 14 Remember rescue if you can. But if you want a puppy from the start research sensibly. 15 Make sure you get kennel club registered puppy. No papers means no pedigree. Do not be fooled. 16 Remember dogs should be microchipped by law. 17 Do not pay a low price for a puppy thinking you have a bargain, you have most likely brought an ill bred dog, sick one or stolen parents. 18 Do not pay too high a price for a puppy from pet breeding. Ive seen some advertised at £1500 and they are poor quality on a certain pets website. Do your home work. If the breeder does not show they can not advertise their litter as show quality as this is false advertising and their puppies should be much cheaper. I would expect to pay from a show breeder £1200 upwards. With all the new laws and licenses it costs money. It is costing the price of a puppy in some areas just to get the license, then the vet involved wants half the price of a puppy and so on. It goes on and on. 19 Expect to pay a deposit to reserve a puppy. Go see the breeder if you can do. 20 Can a breeder give you references? I know we can, we have at our finger tips many people who will give us a glowing reputation, with in the show world, trainers and pet owners etc. 21 Their is no excuse for a dirty house or kennels. The home where the dogs live and breeder should be clean. Dirty homes attract bacteria and stools should not build up or be left for days before being picked up.
Size The size of a vizsla varies. But the breed standard is dogs 25" and 23" bitches.
Dew claws Some breeders remove the claw. It is only on front legs not back. Not all breeders remove dew claws so ask them. We no longer remove dew claws because we have lived with dogs with dew claws and have come to realise how important that claw is to dogs. They not only use it to hold onto bones, but they use the claw when turning a corner sharp, and they use this claw as a shock absorber, which helps balance the dog. With out the claw more injury is expected. Removing the claw has now begged a question and some evidence is suggesting that arthritis is seen more in a dog with dew claws removed than not.
Recognised Colours: I didn't think the day would come in Hungarian Vizsla when in fact unrecognised colours are being registered with the Kennel club. A past vet of mine asked me what colour the HV came in. I said Russet Gold, they then said they were sure it was Russet gold but didn't know. A client of theirs had turned up with a chocolate Vizsla, registered with the Kennel club of Great britain. This dog was a cross breed, sold to unsuspecting buyers. What a shame as all they had to do was sell it as a cross breed and it wouldn't be so bad, but the owner of this chocolate Vizsla was quite upset when the vet passed on the information that the dog was indeed a cross
Silvestre Show Dogs, Norfolk. Hungarian Vizsla, Pug, French Bulldog