Vizslas are very friendly, affectionate,
loyal dogs that make wonderful family pets and hunting dogs. They need
to be treated like a member of the family, preferring to sleep inside
and being close to their people. Most Vizslas are lap dogs - with males
weighing 55 to 65 pounds and females 45 to 55 pounds - be prepared! They
do not make good "kennel" dogs. They should be active, but not hyper.
They require daily exercise and will get into mischief if bored. Vizslas
are very easy to train, being both intelligent and eager to please. They
are sensitive and should not be severely disciplined, but are not
"soft." Vizslas love warmth and are frequently found basking in the sun.
Vizslas are outstanding hunters and will both point and retrieve. They
have very sensitive noses, good eyesight and a natural enthusiasm for
the hunt. It's fantastic to watch a Vizsla lock up on point - it's hard
to find words to express their grace, beauty and intensity. Field trials
are a large part of most Vizsla club's activity schedules. Although
Vizslas are primarily known for their skill in hunting upland game birds
such as pheasant, quail and grouse, they are also used for hunting
waterfowl and even small fur animals. Most Vizslas are strong swimmers
and should be introduced to water when they're young.
Vizslas have beautiful, soft, rust-colored coats that require very
little maintenance. They do shed, which especially shows up against
black clothes. They're clean dogs and have very little odor. There is a
wirehaired Vizsla, more common in Europe, but rare in the United States
and not recognized by the AKC.
Vizslas are commonly known by their owners as "velcro-dogs". They are
very touch-oriented and prefer to be in contact with their people at all
times. They will accompany their people everywhere, including into the
bathroom and shower. If you do not appreciate constant canine
companionship, the Vizsla is not the dog for you.