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In 2003, Dr. Roger Mugford invented the “wagometer,” a device that claims to interpret a dog’s exact mood by measuring the wag of his tail.
Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished. – Dean Koontz
As early as the 13th century, records exist documenting the use of the Vizsla as a hunting dog by the Magyar tribes in Hungary. Sometimes called the Hungarian Pointer, this dog is a retriever and pointer and was once the companion of choice for the early Hungarian warlords, barons, and kings.
The wire-haired Vizsla was created by crossing the German coarse-haired Setter with the smooth Vizsla. The aim was to produce a dog with a heavier coat and more solid build that would be better protected when retrieving in very cold water. This dog is an excellent swimmer.
After near extinction in World War II, the Vizsla made a comeback due to the efforts of dedicated breeders, and is today, the national dog of Hungary. The Vizsla excels as an upland bird dog and is sometimes known as the “Yellow Pointer” in Hungary.
Photos displayed courtesy of Cheri Crawford-Testen, Dream Vizslas, Ontario
Although bred to be an all purpose hunting dog, the wire-haired Vizsla is particularly prized as pointer capable of working in all weathers. This is a medium-sized and well muscled dog weighing up to 66 lbs (30 kg). He stands up to 25 inches (64 cm) at the shoulder and has a tough, wiry, dark sandy-yellow coat. His coat is coarse and he possesses busy eyebrows and a beard. The tail has a short fringe along the bottom. A dog of power and drive in the field, this dog is a versatile, natural hunter with an excellent nose.
Affectionate, gentle, and sensitive, the Vizsla is a wonderful family dog. He bonds strongly with his owners and is a fun-loving and lively companion. Loyal and caring, he nevertheless is fearless and very protective. They are quiet dogs, only barking if necessary or if they are provoked.
The Vizsla does not do well as a kennel dog and will not be happy if kept out of the family circle.
Training and socialization are necessary for all dogs to learn good manners. The wire-haired Vizsla does not disappoint in this area. He is highly intelligent, obedient, and very trainable.
The Vizsla is extremely versatile. He excels in the field, obedience, and the conformation ring. He’s got the nose for tracking and the speed and reflexes for flyball and agility competition. The Vizsla has been used in pet therapy and as a guide dog for the blind.
This is an active hunter who requires daily exercise. He shares his love of swimming with the other retrievers and will happily swim in a pool if one is available. He should have access to a safe, enclosed area where he can get a good run.
A Vizsla that is not physically and mentally challenged, can become hyperactive or indulge in destructive behaviours. Do not let him become bored!