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Vizsla

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The Vizsla dates back to antiquity, the cherished Red-Gold GunDog of the Barons and Warlords of Hungary.  The regard that they held the Vizsla in is apparent when you consider how carefully they protected the dogs through many upheavals and wars.  Today, the Vizsla enjoys an notable following throughout the world. Cherished for its good nature as a companion as well as its exception and versatile hunting ability.  This is not simply a specialized working dog but rather a dog with talent for Pointing as well as Retrieving and much more. As a result, the Vizsla is extremely trainable and combined with their natural agility and intelligence number among some of the best dogs to work with in any training capacity.

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General Information
Group(s): SportingPointer-Setter Height: 21-25 inches
Weight: 44-66 pounds Longevity: early teens
Colors: russet gold, any white is undesirable Coat type: short, straight, dense, smooth, shiny
Recognized Registries: UKC, FCI, KC, CKC, AKC, UKC, NCA, IKC and others
Overall Appearance: Medium sized pointing gun dog of some elegance but not over-refined. Nor described as sturdy but rather clean lines of moderate bone with well defined muscling with a coat of sleek russet gold.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: Active, intelligent, sensitive, easily trained, affectionate.
  with Children: Generally good if the dog is properly socialized and the children are well behaved and supervised.
  with other pets: Variable, developed to hunt birds and other animals
  with dogs: Generally good but some variability
Socialization requirements: moderate to high, the sensitive nature of the Vizsla leaves them prone to shyness if not properly socialized
Ideal home characteristics: Recognizes the athlete and provides suitable mental and physical outlets. Plenty of time to spend with a dog, this is not a suitable couch potato or kennel dog or dog to be left alone regularly for long periods.
Temperament Notes: Alert, friendly, active, playful, sensitive, intelligent.
Training requirement: moderate: socialization, basic manners and some ongoing activity which could simply be playing fetch daily
Trainer notes: The Vizsla possesses a very high desire to please with a naturally intelligent and affectionate nature, making him/her inherently easy to train.  Even so, the sensitivity means that they can often have difficulty it met with disapproval or pressure.  Especially for the beginning dog, until plenty of confidence is developed, training should be limited to very low key and high fun games with minimal concern for precision or details.  This is a dog that needs to have the opportunity to learn that they love to learn.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: prior to the 8th century
Country of Origin: Hungary
Original Function: pointer all around gundog
History: Protected by the barons and lords of Hungary, the breed barely survived but is still recognized as a great hunter and all around companion today.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: eye problems, Von Willebrand's disease, epilepsy, cranial muscular atrophy, hip dysplasia
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:

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  • How long have you had Vizslas?
  • Why do you have Vizslas (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Vizsla?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Vizsla?
  • How would you describe the ideal Vizsla home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Vizsla?
  • How do you assist or help Vizslas in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites:

    http://clubs.akc.org/vizsla/rescue.htm - Vizsla Rescue as per the Vizsla Club of America

    http://www.utahvizsla.org/ - Utah/Idaho Vizsla Rescue

    http://www.texasvizsla.org/ - North Texas Vizsla Rescue

    http://www.vizslaclub.com/rescue/ - Texas Gulf Coast Vizsla Club Rescue

    http://www.vrescuefund.org/ - Vizsla Rescue Fund with many contacts and lots of information

    Other Resources
    Breed standard:

    http://clubs.akc.org/vizsla/standard.htm - Standard of the Vizsla Club of America

    http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/discoverdogs/gundog/g801.htm - Standard as per The Kennel Club (UK)

    Breeder Ethics:

    http://clubs.akc.org/vizsla/ethics.htm - Vizsla Club of America Code of Ethics

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