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Hungarian Vizsla
A Young Vizsla
Alternative names
Hungarian Pointer
Magyar Vizsla
Country of origin
FCI: Group 7 Section 1
AKC: Sporting
ANKC: Group 3 (Gundogs)
CKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
KC(UK): Gundog
NZKC: Gundog
UKC: Gun Dog Breeds
Breed standards (external links)
FCI: Hungarian Short-haired Pointer (http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:kAODtHGqtEcC:www.fci.be/uploaded_files/057gb2000_en.doc+site:www.fci.be+57+GB&hl=en&ie=UTF-8)
Hungarian Wire-haired Pointer (http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:AhbKazMzzygJ:www.fci.be/uploaded_files/239gb2000_en.doc+site:www.fci.be+%22239+/+13.09.2000+%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8)
AKC: Vizsla (http://www.akc.org/breeds/recbreeds/vizsla.cfm)
ANKC: Hungarian Vizsla (http://www.ankc.aust.com/hungviz.html)
CKC: Vizsla (Smooth) (http://www.canadasguidetodogs.com/pointers/vizslasmoothstd.htm)
Vizsla (Wire-haired) (http://www.vizslacanada.ca/wirehair.htm)
KC(UK): Hungarian Vizsla (http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/discoverdogs/gundog/g801.htm)
Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla (http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/discoverdogs/gundog/hungarian-wirehaired-vizsla.html)
NZKC: Hungarian Vizsla (http://www.nzkc.org.nz/br306.html)
UKC: Vizsla (http://www.ukcdogs.com/breeds/gundogs/vizsla.std.shtml)

The Hungarian Vizsla, pronounced Vizh-la (zh as in vision), is a dog breed originating in Hungary. Vizslas are known as excellent game bird hunting dogs, and also have a level personality making them suited for families.

Like all sporting breeds, Vizslas require a good deal of exercise to remain healthy and happy. A bored Viszla is a destructive Vizsla who is likely to engage in unwanted behavior, including chewing anything and everything in your home. Thirty minutes to an hour of exercise daily in a large off-leash area is optimal.

There are two prevailing theories pertaining to the Vizsla's history. The first, and most prevalent theory traces the Vizsla back to very early times in Hungarian history. Ancestors of todays's Vizsla were the hunting dogs used by the Magyar tribes living in the Carpathian Basin in the Eighth Century. Primitive stone etchings seem to validate this theory.

The other theory holds that the Vizsla is a product of the nineteenth century, having been the product of Weimaraners and other pointer breeds.

Vizslas are often mistaken for ridgeless Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and physically likened to Weimaraners, their German cousins.

The breed comes in either of two coat types: smooth or wire-haired. The CKC and the KC(UK) consider the short-haired and wire-haired as separate breeds. Male Vizslas typically weigh between 55 and 65 lb (25 to 29 kg), females 45 to 55 lb (20 to 25 kg).

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Hungarian Vizsla - Columbia Encyclopedia® article about Hungarian Vizsla (279 words)
Vizsla (vĭzh`lə), breed of large sporting dog sporting dog, classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred for pointing, flushing, and retrieving game.
Developed to exhibit the caution and alertness necessary for hunting on the plains of Hungary, the Vizsla is particularly suited for hunting in flat, open country.
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