This Hungarian hunting breed called Vizsla comes in two varieties - shorthaired and wirehaired. Their full name is Hungarian Shorthaired or Wirehaired Pointer and as their name clearly suggests, they were primarily bred for hunting as pointers and retrievers. These dogs are amazing family companions and pets as long as you have an active lifestyle or dedicate enough time for playing and training them.

Vizslas are extremely affectionate and lovable dogs that are loyal to their families. Even though their character makes them great family pets, they do not adapt well to living in apartments. These dogs prefer having a large fenced area where they can run, explore, and chase different things.

These dogs are elegant and some have described them as being aristocratic in appearance. They are lean and lightly build dogs whose structure enables them to be extremely athletic and agile. They have a well-defined musculature and a short coat that comes in a shorthaired or wirehaired variety. They are the embodiment of strength and beauty.

Vizsla Height


21-25 in (54-64 cm)

Vizsla Weight


45-65 lb (20-30 kg)

Vizsla Origin



Vizsla Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

10-14 years

Breed History

It is believed that these dogs came to life more than a thousand years ago and were used as hunting dogs by the Magyar people. The Magyar tribes settled modern-day Hungary and these dogs played one of the most important roles in securing food for their people.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

This is a fairly old breed and is registered and accepted in most, if not all, of the major cynology associations in the world. The two main ones we will be focusing on are the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) and the AKC (American Kennel Club). Both of these institutions played a huge role in canine history and played their part in preserving our favorite breeds for generations to follow.

two hungarian vizsla dogs

FCI standard

The FCI is a union of 98 national cynology associations from 6 different continents. They are the governing cynology body for their member states and is in charge of lobbying and promoting dog activities.

FCI has a standard in place for Vizslas and it has placed them in Group 7 (Pointing Dogs), Section 1 (Continental Pointing Dogs). Because these dogs are hunting dogs and were bred for that purpose, the FCI requires them to have a working trial. They mention the required size for these dogs and it is 22,5 - 25 in (58 - 64 cm) for male dogs and 21-24 in (54 - 60 cm) for the females.

The FCI fully recognized and registered this breed on the 12th of August 1954.

AKC standard

AKC is the governing cynology associations of the United States of America. It is in charge of all the documents and registrations of pureblooded dogs born in the US. They too have a standard for this breed and it says that these dogs are robust yet light, with a distinguished appearance and bearing. They say that the preferred size of these dogs is 22 - 24 in (59 - 62 cm) for the males and 21 - 23 in (54 - 59 cm) for the females.

Vizsla breeders

Before finding a Vizsla breeder, make sure that this is a breed that will suit you and your lifestyle. If you can provide this dog with everything it needs, make sure to find a reputable and registered breeder that will provide you with a physically and mentally healthy dog. It is always better to pay a higher price than to have expensive Vet bills later.


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