The Vizsla: From Royal Hunter to Modern-Day Family Dog

Vizsla sitting in a field

Considering a Vizsla as your family pet? Learn about this agile and affectionate breed and why it might be the ideal dog for your family.

Welcome to our special feature on the striking and energetic dog breed: The Vizsla. The Vizsla (the Hungarian word for pointer) boasts a noble lineage stretching back to 10th century Hungary. Bred to be royal hunting dogs that spent long days in the field, Vizslas make fantastic suburban family pets, combining athleticism with a loving nature.

History and Background of the Vizsla

Originating with the Magyar tribes near the Carpathian Basin, the Vizsla was developed as a versatile hunting dog. These dogs were so esteemed for their abilities that they were companions of nobles and aristocrats, helping them hunt across the plains of Central Europe. 

The Vizsla has a deep connection with Hungarian culture. It’s actually even considered one of their national treasures, symbolizing strength, elegance and loyalty.

Despite nearly being wiped out during the world wars, breed enthusiasts preserved this treasured breed. Today, Vizslas are not only cherished family pets but also successful show dogs.

Key Characteristics

Physical Traits

Medium-bodied with a compact frame, Vizslas typically weigh between 45-65 pounds and stand about 21-24 inches tall. They have a short, sleek coat in shades of golden rust or coppery red, l or dark brown eyes, and drooping ears which accentuate their expressive faces.

In addition to their golden, velvety-smooth coat, their keen sense of smell allows them to be great trackers. Plus, their natural athleticism makes them great at various dog sports like agility trials.

To keep your Vizsla happy and healthy, it’s important to give them daily exercise. Brisk walks or runs in a safe area, like dog daycare, are great ways for them to expend their energy. They’re great swimmers, too. 


Renowned for their energy and affection, Vizslas are considered “Velcro dogs” due to their strong attachment to family members. They are intelligent, trainable, and respond best to positive reinforcement. Gentle with children and sociable with other animals when properly socialized, they integrate well into family life.

Training and Exercise Needs of the Vizsla

Vizslas need consistent training and exercise to be content. Here are five tips to keep mentally and physically fit:

  1. Exercise – They enjoy physical activity and need it everyday. Be sure they get a walk, run or some doggie daycare playtime.
  2. Mental Stimulation – Puzzles, obedience classes, or agility are great for their minds.
  3. Positive Reinforcement – Use treats, praises or playtime to encourage positive behavior.
  4. Consistency – Establish a routine early on for a better understanding.
  5. Socialization – Introduce them to different people, animals, sights and sounds when they’re young.

The Vizsla as a Suburban Companion

Vizslas are ideal for the suburban lifestyle. They adapt well to a home with a yard but are also content with regular walks, visits to parks, and engaging in family activities. Their need for exercise and mental stimulation makes them perfect companions for active families.

Their intelligence makes training relatively easy, and their sociable nature means early socialization is key to developing a well-rounded dog. 

Exercise and training with family members is not just for physical and mental stimulation, but also strengthens the bond with their families

Health and Wellness

The Vizsla is generally healthy and has an average lifespan of 10-14 years. That said, they are susceptible to some health issues. It’s important to make sure you get your puppy from a reputable breeder to avoid these conditions. 

Some common health issues may include: 

Vizslas don’t have any special dietary needs, but like any family fur-baby, should be fed  high quality, nutritious food according to its developmental needs. 

Meet Nakasi – DDG Dog of the Month for July 2023

Dog Day Getaway has been fortunate to have many Vizslas come through our doors over the years, and we love them all! As a matter of fact, Nakasi was featured as our Dog of the Month for July 2023


Key Takeaways …





Medium to large

Coat type

Short and dense


Gentle, loving, and loyal

Energy level

Very active; Needs daily exercise

Life expectancy

12 to 15 years

Weight range

45 to 65 pounds (20 to 29 kg)


Highly trainable


$1000 – $1800


Vizslas are happy, athletic dogs that make great pets for families that have an active lifestyle and love outdoor activities. 

Their history as royal hunting companions and their evolution into cherished family members and capable show dogs illustrate their enduring appeal. Good natured, loyal, and energetic, Vizslas are great with children and get along well with other dogs, too. 

It’s important to remember that when deciding to buy a puppy, do your research to make sure your breeder is reputable to help ensure your Vizsla will be a healthy and happy member of your family for years to come. 

And please check out our other blogs showcasing even more interesting dog breeds


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