An old breed, Viszlas date back to the 10th century Magyar people who used them for hunting. Highly regarded by warlords and nobility, these dogs were regarded highly and carefully developed for improved hunting skills. Translated as “pointer” in Hungarian, the Viszla has boundless energy, an excellent nose and wonderful abilities hunting and catching upland game. During the post World War II era, this breed was near extinction due to Russian control of Hungary. Fearing the disappearance of this wonderful dog, Hungarians smuggled them to Austria and America. In addition, this dog contributed to the creation and breeding of a number of other gun dogs, such as the Weimeraner and German Shorthair Pointer.
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A quiet dog, this dog rarely barks unless provoked. The Viszla is fiercely loyal and will become incredibly attached to its owner. Highly trainable, this breed is not only a wonderful pointer, it is also a distinguished retriever on land or in water.
Beautiful to look at, the Viszla has a solid golden-rust coloration that varies in shade. The coat is short and smooth, lacking an undercoat. As a result, this dog is more susceptible to cold and best kept indoors or in a warmer environment. As a household pet, many owners are pleased to discover that the Viszla is self-cleaning and has very little, if any, odor.
Males will be between 22 and 25 inches in height at the withers while females will be 21-24 inches tall. As a medium sized dog, the males will weigh between 45 and 66 pounds while the females will weigh 40 to 55 pounds.