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Vizsla Overview

Vizslas are lean, light-footed hunting dogs, known for their agility and athletic ability. They are also striking, with sleek tan coats, graceful limbs, and long, silky ears. This breed makes for a sensitive and loving companion around the house, but becomes intense and focused when at work. Bred as hunters expected to work closely with humans, Vizslas don’t like being left alone and tend to form close bonds with their owners. They’re versatile athletes and love to play—excellent jogging, swimming, or cycling buddies, you can take your dog along to a number of activities and they’ll be happy. Highly intelligent, training will be an important part of their skill development and ensure their minds stay sharp. Vizslas are a curious and creative breed, but can become manipulative or badly behaved without proper training. With early socialization and consistency, you’ll find Vizlas to be loving and fun friends. Originating in Hungary and bred as noble hunting dogs, the modern Vizsla is incredibly versatile and adaptable. Quick and eager, Vizslas are part Pointer and part Retriever which makes them highly adaptable to different environments. They’re also easy to train as an intelligent and obedient breed . They often become very attached to their people, often displaying a strong protective instinct. Day-to-day, they are gentle and affectionate.

Did you know?

Vizslas have webbed feet, making them excellent swimmers.

Vizsla Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Easy to train Easy to train

Popularity ranking**
21-24 in / 44-60 lbs (M)
Average lifespan
12-14 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-5 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed regularly

Dog Food

Feeding your Vizsla

Vizslas should have 3-4 cups of high-quality dry food daily, divided into two meals. How much food your dog will need depends on size, age,  and activity level. The higher the quality of the food, the more it will count towards nourishing your Vizsla. Fresh water should always be available, and dogs should be monitored for signs of obesity or health issues related to food.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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