Also called Hungarian braco, it is a very active and muscular medium to large game dog. In this article we will tell you all about the vizsla, an excellent scent hound whose origin dates back to the 10th century.
History of vizsla
The ancestors of this race – among them the bloodhound of Panonia – were hunting dogs of the tribes of the present Hungary, precisely of the surroundings of the Danube river. Local farmers gave rise to a can smell a lot to hunt waterfowl and rabbits, and that could be adapted to the climate of the region.
In the nineteenth century it began to cross with other races, such as the German and the pointer braco, which results in the vizsla we know today, race that has been recognized by the FCI (International Cynological Federation) in 1924. Although it was on the verge of extinction between the world wars, thanks to the export to the United States in 1950 the race was able to get ahead little by little.
Characteristics of vizsla
Being a hunting dog, it is not strange that it is a robust animal, strong, agile and can run at high speed. He has an athletic build and his muscles are well defined.
As for his physique, we can highlight that the vizsla is elegant, his body is longer than high and his back is firm and straight. Presents deep and wide chest, and a curve slightly pronounced at the height of the belly. The tail is low and thick insertion at the base. It does not have very long legs, but they are well developed and have strong, arched fingers.
The head of the vizsla is broad, as is the nose and snout. Their eyes are almond or yellowish and the ears fall to the sides to reach the line of the cheeks.
The height in a male adult varies between 58 and 64 centimeters and the weight from 20 to 27 kilos. The females are a little lower (not more than 60 centimeters) and thin (up to 25 kilos).
The coat of this race is characterized by being of the same color: brown. The hair is short, hard and dense.
The vizsla is a dog that It forms a very strong bond with its owners and usually persecutes them from here to there. In addition, it is an intelligent, curious and very dynamic race.
Being a great hunter, when he goes out for a walk or is in the garden he will spend hours looking for or pointing out small animals, such as rodents and birds. He loves water and enjoys swimming both in the river and in the sea … It is ideal to take you on vacation!
Another outstanding feature of the vizsla is that almost does not bark. To avoid getting bored or becoming destructive, it is essential to comply with a 'quota' of exercise each day; It is not a suitable pet for sedentary people or who live in small flats.
It is better to adopt a viszla if we have space at home, a park nearby or we like to be outdoors. It is even recommended for those who exercise a lot because it can be an excellent company.
He has a more than friendly temperament, although he can become a staunch protector of his territory. It is very important that you socialize from puppy to be able to get along with other pets. And something else to keep in mind: he does not tolerate screaming. It is preferable to teach him with a positive training.
Health and vizsla care
It is a very healthy breed, so you will not get too sick. It can present some hereditary pathologies, such as hip dysplasia, skin allergies, progressive retinal dystrophy, hemophilia A, craniomandibular osteopathy or epilepsy.
In regards to your daily care, only exercise is necessary. Bathing and occasional brushing will suffice, as it does not lose hair or give off too much odor.