Hungarian Vizsla

The Hungarian Vizsla is a medium to large dog with a striking short russet-gold coat. It is a gundog that is becoming increasingly more popular with dog owners in the UK.

Hungarian Vizsla Breed Group


Size of the Hungarian Vizsla

Medium to large. A lean, well-muscled and athletic dog.

Colour Varieties of the Hungarian Vizsla

The Hungarian Vizsla comes in solid russet-gold, and shades can vary.

Country of Origin


The Hungarian Vizsla through History

The Hungarian Vizsla is a very old breed that can be traced backed as far the 9th century. A competent and intelligent working dog used for hunting, pointing and retrieving. Today it is kept mostly as a companion dog.

Hungarian Vizsla introduction and overview

The Hungarian Vizsla is a medium to large sized gundog with a very distinctive russet-gold gold coat and honey-brown eyes. It is an athletic, lean, but well-muscled elegant looking dog. The breed has a longish muzzle and an endearing almost sad expression. The Vizsla is also known as the Hungarian Pointer or the Magyar Vizsla. The breed is quickly growing in popularity as it’s one of the smaller gundogs in the group and it’s proving itself as an excellent family pet.

Size and weight of the Hungarian Vizsla

Height bitch 53-60cms

Height dog 57-64cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 18-25kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 20-30kgs

Exercise requirements of the Hungarian Vizsla

High. The Vizsla needs at least 2 hours of exercise, preferably off the lead. Lack of exercise or mental stimualtion can quickly result in unwanted and destructive behaviour including separation anxiety. Prospective owners should give careful thought to the time commitment and exercise requirements of this sporty, athletic breed.

Hungarian Vizsla temperament

The Vizsla is quickly gaining the reputation of being an excellent choice for the active family. It thrives on company, and doesn’t like to spend much time alone. Socialisation and training should be implemented at an early age. Many owners state their Vizslas as being good with children and even cats. They can be a little nervous and quite sensitive, so any forms of harsh training should not be used. This is a breed that enjoys close contact with the family and known to be very loving, loyal and cheerful in nature.

Is the Hungarian Vizsla a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The breed is easy to train and a quick learner, but any new owner must be aware of the high levels of physical exercise this breed needs.

Hungarian Vizsla coat length

Short. The chestnut coloured coat is quite coarse to the touch and this breed does not have an under coat, so may feel the cold. There is also a wire haired variety of the Hungarian Vizsla.

Grooming requirements of the Hungarian Vizsla

Low. One of the good aspects of owning this breed is that the short no-fuss coat requires virtually no grooming. Because the coat is short and without an undercoat the Vizsla should be wiped dry after the dog walk in cold and wet weather.

Vizslas do not have a strong scent like some breeds, so bathing may only be necessary once a year.

Ears should be check on a regular basis for foreign bodies such as thorns, brambles and ticks.


No. Despite having a short coarse coat this breed sheds throughout the year.

Health Issues in the Hungarian Vizsla

The breed is generally healthy and has a lengthy expected lifespan. But all new owners should consult their breeder about the following known health issues:

  • Hip dysplasia - an inherited malformation of the hip joint, has been found in the breed but is very rare.
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism dwarfism
  • Skin problems - the short coat means the breed is prone to problems from fleas, ticks and injuries from thorns and brambles.

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Hungarian Vizsla

A healthy Hungarian Vizsla can expect to enjoy a life expectancy of 10-14 years.

Approximate Hungarian Vizsla pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £550-750 for a Vizsla puppy, and much more for a trained dog . There are usually between 6-8 puppies in an average litter. There were 2,165 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Pet insurance cost for Hungarian Vizsla

The Hungarian Vizsla is a large dog with quite a high cost value, so expect to pay a higher premium than an average sized dog. Remember that whatever your dog’s premium starts out at, dog insurance will always rise with your pet’sage after about four years old, and any on-going illnesses or conditions that the animal develops will also affect your annual insurance premiums from then on.

Estimating how much a Hungarian Vizsla would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food per day.

A dog weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is around £6.90

The weekly cost of feeding a dog is around £8.00

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activity levels of working dogs who may need above average amount of food due to higher exercise levels.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your dog that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preparations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering/spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.