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Size: Medium (25 to 60 lbs.)
Lifespan: Long (12 to 15+ years)
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Known to be highly loyal, the Vizsla is sometimes referred to as the "Velcro" dog. They thrive in a family environment and are not dogs that should be kept away from their people for lengthy periods of time. The Vizsla was originally bred in Hungary as a medium-sized hunting dog used for flushing out small game. As with most hunting dogs, Vizslas require lots of exercise, and may become hyper or destructive if bored or lonely. Vizslas are natural chewers, and will sink their teeth into anything and everything around the house. Obedience training is essential, but the Vizsla is highly trainable and eager to please. Weighing in at around 45 to 60 pounds of pure muscle, it is essential that a Vizsla is trained to walk well on a leash. If a family is up to the challenge of a Vizsla's tireless energy, these dogs do make excellent family pets. They are loyal, gentle, well-mannered, and not prone to barking unless provoked. The Vizsla is well behaved with children and other larger animals, but should be kept away from very small house pets, such as hamsters, ferrets, and rabbits, due to their natural hunting instincts.

The most famous of all Vizslas is Clifford the Big Red Dog, who is depicted in the storybook as an enormous Vizslas.

General Care

Vizslas are one of the original hypoallergenic dogs, making them well-suited to families worrying about allergies. Unlike most dogs, the Vizsla's coat lacks an undercoat (the very fine, fluffy hairs closest to the skin on some mammals.) However, while this may be good news for allergy sufferers, this also means that the Vizsla is more susceptible to the cold. It is recommended that a Vizsla not be left outside for extended periods of time in the winter, and should be brought inside at night. You'll also want to buy your Vizsla a coat (or two) to deal with harsh weather conditions if you live in cold or rainy climates. Vizslas in general have very few health concerns, but a prospective Vizsla owner should look for a reputable breeder to prevent dysphagia, hip dysplasia, and hypothyroidism. Due to a Vizsla's high energy, it's highly recommended that you're prepared for the amount of work required to own this breed of dog. Rescue foundations and shelters find exhaustion and feelings of being overwhelmed as the top reasons owners surrender their Vizslas for adoption.

For more information on Vizsla ownership and care, check out the Vizsla Club of America Rescue.

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