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Smooth Vizsla
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Breed Registries:

Note: The all-breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




Male: 23 inches (58 cm) - Female: 22 inches (56 cm.)


Male: 50 to 65 lbs (22.5-29.5 kg) - Female: Approx. 10 lbs (5 kg) less

Breed Profile:

The Vizsla, also known as the Hungarian Pointer, was perfectly suited to perform the duties of a pointer and retriever in the open plains of Hungary. The breed is now considered the national dog of Hungary. The breed was imported into the North America during the 1950s and gained recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1960. The Canadian Kennel Club officially recognized the breed into the Sporting Group shortly thereafter.

In North America, the Vizsla is used primarily as an upland bird dog, renowned for his excellent scenting and retrieving abilities. He is a eager and happy hunter in the field and a strong swimmer that retrieves well from water.

The Vizsla is intelligent, obedient, sensitive and easy to train, as well as gentle-mannered and affectionate. He is very loyal and devoted to his family and may display strong protective instincts.

Known as one of the most versatile breeds in the world — The first triple champion (show, field and obedience) in the history of the American Kennel Club was a Vizsla! In addition to being a excellent pointer and retriever, the Vizsla excels in competitive obedience, agility, flyball, tracking as well as in the show ring. His calm and sensitive nature also make him a good candidate to work as a therapy dog as well as hearing and guide dog.

His coat is short, smooth, dense and close-lying with a glossy sheen. Sometimes called the "Yellow Pointer", his colouring is a golden-rust. He conveys the impression of an alert, muscular, well-balanced dog with a distinctive and aristocratic appearance.

Health Issues

The Vizsla is generally known as a healthy breed. However, like all breeds, certain genetic disorders have been seen within the breed, these include:

If you are considering the adoption of a Vizsla puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. For the Vizsla, health clearances should include OFA, OVC or PennHIP certified clear of Hip Dysplasia; CERF certification for eyes diseases; as well as testing and clearances for Thyroid disorders, and Congenital Heart Disease. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

The Vizsla's smooth coat requires minimal grooming. General, frequent brushing will maintain the coat in a shiny and healthy condition.

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

The Vizsla is sensitive by nature, eager to please, intelligent, and learns quickly. The best training methods are always through positive reinforcement, gentle correction, consistency and patience.

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • — Ingle & Mead's online Vizsla encyclopedia.
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

Breeders  /  Breed Clubs  /  Rescues  /  Books & More