Everything You Need to Know About the Vizsla Dog Breed

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The Vizsla has the nickname of "Velcro dog."

That's because they bond very strongly with their families and really hate being alone.

Originally bred in Hungary to be hunting dogs, the Vizsla is a muscular dog with incredible stamina and endurance. Medium in size, this dog has a short, silky coat that ranges from light golden to a deep auburn.

They are very smart and alert, and benefit from lots of activity. A well-trained Vizsla can excel in agility or in the field. It is the 33rd most popular dog breed in the American Kennel Club registry and was first recognized in 1960.

Vizslas make great family dogs but need to be in an active household. Their lifespans range from 12 to 14 years.

Grooming needs are fairly low maintenance. This Hungarian hunting dog has a short, sleek smooth coat with no undercoat. This shorthaired Vizsla dog just needs weekly brushing!

The American Kennel Club tells us,

"Responsible breeders screen their stock for health conditions such as such as seasonal allergies; eye disorders, including melanosis or entropion; hip dysplasia; epilepsy; and ear infections."

So be sure to talk with a breeder or rescue group about any possible health problems. Their coat color is typically a golden-rust color.

Remember that Vizsla dogs are energetic dogs! They can be excellent running companions, and pet parents should consider field trials which is wonderful mental stimulation and physical exercise.

There are many wonderful resources when researching the Hungarian Vizsla or Vizsla puppies including the Vizsla Club of America.

If you're interested in sporting dog breeds, consider the German Shorthaired Pointer, Weimaraner, Brittany, and Wirehaired Pointer.

What else should you know about the breed?

  • These are happy-go-lucky dogs!
  • The do have a reputation to be velcro dogs. Given their energy level, these active dogs will exhibit barking or howling because of separation anxiety, which is common in this breed.
  • Trainability should be considered too when living with a Vizsla as patience is key!

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Vizslas have alert eyes with an iris usually the same color as the coat; they have great senses of smell with a longer muzzle. The ears are long and thin and hang close to the head. The lips are not loose like a hound's and the jaws are strong with a scissor bite.


The Vizsla coat is short, and silky-smooth. They can range from light gold to deep auburn, with no undercoat.


The Vizsla is well-built and muscular. They have angled hind legs with well-defined muscles and a long neck. The back slopes down with the front legs extended and is longer than it is tall. Feet are almost cat-like; well-rounded with close toes.

General Appearance

The Vizsla is sometimes called the "Velcro" dog because of how strongly they bond with their owners. This dog was bred to work in the field, as an outdoor dog. It is agile and energetic, and built for endurance. In AKC dog shows, scars that indicate a working dog should never be penalized.


Vizslas are generally a healthy breed, but like most dogs they can suffer from hip dysplasia. Breeders will generally tell you if there is eye disease, autoimmune thyroiditis, or any other issues in the bloodline.

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