Rövidszörü Magyar Vizsla FCI Standard
Ancient Hungarians used the combination of falcon and the Vizsla in their hunting. The Vizsla would detect the birds with its scenting abilities and then point the hunter its seat. Tasked falcon would then be set free to kill and fetch the winged prey. The word «Vizsla» is translated as «pointer» from Hungarian and this perfectly signifies the main function that the dog carried in the hunt. Gradually the breed was adapted to hunt all sorts of game from rabbit to bear. It proved to have excellent retrieving skills as well as supreme nose and serious attitude towards its working responsibilities.
The first depiction of the Vizsla can be found on the primitive stone cravings nearly the I A.D., where it is showed in hunting scene with Magyar lords and falcons. Since then the breed was only referred with connection to the Hungarian aristocracy. So it was granted a nickname «Gift of Kings» which describes its noble past. During the Turkish occupation the Vizsla was mixed with the Yellow Pointer and acquired from it unique red colour of its coat.
During the XVIII century both German and British gundogs were brought into Hungary and replaced the Vizsla in its primarily role. Towards the end of this century there were too few pure-blooded dogs left in its homeland. Several committed breeders set a goal to restore former popularity of the breed and their efforts proved to be successful. It’s a common believe that they mixed the Vizsla with the English Pointer, German Shorthaired Pointer and Irish Setter.
The aftermaths of the two World Wars terribly affected not only the well-being of Hungarian people but they were also catastrophic for Hungarian dogs including the Vizsla. Furthermore the communist occupation made out of the dog’s breeding highly dangerous hobby since it was associated with much-hated aristocracy. As the result the Vizsla was threatened by complete extinction. The breed was saved by a handful of Hungarian refugees and several American soldiers, who exported their Vizslas in other countries.
The breed arrived to America in 60s of the XX century and got recognition of the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1960.The United Kennel Club (UKC) approved it in 1984. In Western countries the Vizsla is valued generally for its overall versatility. Its outstanding scenting talents have been successfully used in airport security, drug detection, search and rescue, arson detection. It’s still actively engaged in hunting activity but more and more animals serve solely as trustworthy and sweet companion dogs.
The Vizsla is always open to new acquaintances and meets strangers with welcoming wagging of its tail. That’s way it will become a poor guard dog, which will happily greet an intruder and agreeably show him in the house. This watchful dog is capable to signal about the approach of a stranger to your door but it will be done only out of anticipation to make a new friend.
This breed was not exhibit to the company of other canine animals but it’s quite all right with them and doesn’t apt to display any sorts of aggression. The Vizsla will gratefully share its life with several other dogs and the more, the merrier. Nevertheless it’s not recommended for co-habituation with small breeds since it may harm them unintentionally in especially exuberant game. This dog was tasked to detect and retrieve back prey and not to kill it so it’s quite capable of living peacefully with other home pets including a cat. It’s worth to consider though that frisky and highly energetic Vizsla may accidentally hurt other pet in attempt to invite it into a play.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• sebaceous adenitis;
• eyes problems;
The rest consists of common care procedures and includes nail clipping, rare baths, teeth brushing, and so on. The Vizsla sheds moderately and permanently. Nonetheless its short and pale hair will be fairly unnoticeable on your clothes, carpets and furniture.
The breed also provides a wonderful companionship for handicapped and can be trained to become a reasonable police dog. The Vizsla’s training plan should have only positive reinforcement in its core since abusive training techniques are absolutely unacceptable with this dog.
The unwelcomed deviations in the behaviour of the Vizsla appear usually as the result of a lack of physical activity. The breed isn’t suitable for individuals with unstable working schedule or who are not ready to spend at least ten to fifteen hours of their times per week in walking and playing with this dog. Ideally the dog should have an opportunity to take care for its exercise need itself in a spacious yard adjusted to your house.