Fun Vizsla Facts For Kids

Anusuya Mukherjee
Jan 12, 2023 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Aug 06, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Sakshi Raturi
Facts about Vizsla hunting dogs who love to please their owners.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 8.6 Min

Do you have a Vizsla pup in mind? Before you draw any further conclusions, there are a few things you should know about the breed.

Because of their excellent size, remarkable sense of smell, and endurance, Vizslas were formerly humankind's best hunting companions. Nonetheless, these dogs are increasingly seen cuddling up on beds and sofas with their human companions, chasing sticks and birds throughout the park, and getting upset by squirrels.

Vizslas are one of the most popular breeds, ranking 31st out of 193 with the American Kennel Club.

Their popularity has grown  and it is easy to see why, given their gorgeous outfit and excellent athletics, and loyalty. These dogs are also known as Hungarian Pointer or the Hungarian Vizsla.

The breed almost became extinct after World War II but now the population is stable and thriving. Here are some interesting facts on the Vizsla dog breed for your perusal. Afterwards, do check our other articles on Victorian Bulldog and Catahoula Bulldog as well.

Vizsla Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Vizsla?

Vizsla is a Hungarian dog breed that dates back to the Middle Ages. Vizslas are sensitive, warm, sculpted, lively, and enjoyable. Because this kind of dog is often petted, it is devoted and kind. In most Vizsla families, you'll observe them embracing and hanging near humans, especially in their owners' laps.

What class of animal does a Vizsla belong to?

Vizsla belongs to the mammal class of animals of the family canidae just like Jack Chi. It is the 115th breed that has been recognized by the American Kennel Club. This is an extremely friendly dog breed with a high energy level. As such, Vizslas need a lot of interaction with humans.

How many Vizslas are there in the world?

There is no estimation of how many Vizslas are there in the world. However, Vizsla dog breed is not rare as these dogs are known for their hunting skills by the world.

According to the American Kennel Club and Canada Kennel Club , there are just 51 adult Vizslas in the United States but their population across the world is deemed to be stable.

Where does a Vizsla live?

Vizslas are mainly kept as pets and live in homes. Members of Vizsla dog breed are sociable dogs who enjoy playing in the backyard of the house. But this high energy dog breed requires regular exercise, training, and mental stimulation, otherwise these dogs tend to become destructive.

What is a Vizsla's habitat?

The Hungarian Pointer is one of the friendliest dog breeds in the world that is always eager to please. As such, these dogs  thrive with their human companions in their homes.

The quality of this hunting dog breed has ensured survival of this breed after being nearly annihilated after the World War II. These hunting dogs require regular exercise to manage their weight as well as enjoy a good health. Without regular exercise, these dogs may suffer from various lifestyle health conditions and health problems.

Who do Vizslas live with?

Vizslas are family dogs because these dogs make excellent companions just like Miki dogs and have an undeniable affection for their owners or family members. Dogs of this breed show affection for everyone in the family even when these dogs are in intimate touch with a family member.

People have had intimate interaction with Vizslas since ancient times. That is why dogs of this breed feel more at ease with people than with anything else. This pet dog will never cause harm to your family.

How long does a Vizsla live?

The usual Magyar Vizsla life span is 10-14 years, as recognized by the American Kennel Club. The life span can range from 12-14 years if these Magyar dogs receive adequate care, medical treatment, and suitable activity and diet. A Vizsla is capable of living for up to 15 years, if proper health care is provided.

How do they reproduce?

The male Vizsla dog will begin by smelling the vulva of the female dog. After that, the male Vizsla dog will mount the female Vizsla, and begin the mating process.

Following this, the dogs will develop a breeding connection and the female dog will get pregnant. After the gestation period of around 61-70 days is complete, the female Vizsla dog gives birth to a litter of around 7-8 Vizsla puppies.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the Vizsla dog breed is that of Least Concern as these dogs are present in almost all the continents across the world. This dog breed is extremely friendly with humans, hence their survival is of no immediate concern, despite the fact that this dog breed almost went extinct during the World War II.

Vizsla Fun Facts

What do Vizslas look like?

Magyar Vizsla is a strong dog with a light physique. This medium sized dog breed has a short smooth coat that is golden rust in color and sheds far less than other breeds.

These dogs have a strong and sleek build that allows them to run rapidly and for extended periods of time. Dogs of Vizsla breed resemble Dobermans in look but are much smaller in height.

The golden rust coat of this dog breed is extremely soft.

Field conditioned coats, brawny or sinewy muscular condition, and honorable scars signifying a working and hunting dog are never to be punished in this dog. Vizsla's nails, eyes, and nose are remarkable in that they blend in with the coat/fur in terms of color.

Vizsla dogs are excellent to catch upland game like rabbits and water fowls.

How cute are they?

Magyar Vizsla hound is particularly enticing to human owners because of their enormous, round heads, huge eyes that gaze forward, silky hair, and floppy ears. These retriever breed dogs are very appealing similar to Zuchon dogs with their awkward motions, wagging tails, friendly temperament and nuzzling noses.

How do they communicate?

Magyar Vizslas are also a particularly chatty breed, and these retriever breed dogs will whine, groan, and make noises to alert you to their presence. These hunting dogs do not respond well to severe directives because of their delicate temperament.

How big is a Vizsla?

Vizslas are medium-sized, lightly built dogs that are four times bigger than the Chihuahuas. Male Vizslas are 22-24 in (55.8-60.9 cm) at the shoulder and female Vizsla height range is 21-23 in (53.3-58.4 cm).

How fast can a Vizsla run?

Hungarian Vizslas are active dogs can run up to a speed of 40 mph (64 kph). These dogs are extremely active and if proper care of their health is taken, the running speed may improve further.

How much does a Vizsla weigh?

Vizslas weigh nywhere between 45-65 lb (20.41-29.48 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Male Vizslas are known as dogs whilst female Vizslas are known as bitches.

What would you call a baby Vizsla?

Vizsla dog babies are known as Vizsla puppies.

What do they eat?

This active breed thrives on a raw diet as well as high-quality dog chow with meat as the primary component. It is one of those active breeds that is also comfortable eating chicken or lamb.

Are they slobbery?

Most Vizslas have a voracious appetite, especially if these active dogs get enough activity. Drooling is a frequent behavior when one is expecting food, smelling food, waiting for a reward, or even as dinnertime approaches. The production of saliva occurs to prepare the body for meal consumption.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, Vizslas are generally regarded as kind, joyful, vivacious, loving, sociable, active and clever dogs with high energy levels similar to Labrador Retriever who make excellent family companions for the owners.

When properly trained by expert Vizsla trainers, socialized at a young age, and given adequate daily activity, the Vizsla is one of the greatest dog breeds available from the recognized breeders.

Minimal Vizsla shedding, make the grooming process also quite simpler. Vizslas make good watchdogs and generally do not bark a lot.

Did you know...

Vizslas is one of the breeds that are great swimmers.

The Weimaraner and GSP breeds were developed from Vizslas.

In Hungarian, the word Vizsla has numerous meanings. The breed name Vizsla is pronounced as Viz-luh.

You must purchase a Vizsla puppy from reputed and recognized Vizsla breeders only. The price for a purebred dog will be lower than a Vizsla mix breed dog. If you are looking for Vizsla adoptions, then contacting Vizsla rescue centres is recommended. The price range for a healthy puppy varies between $1,000-$1,800.

Vizsla history dates back to the 10th century but they arrived in the US in the mid 20th century only.

How many pounds of food per month does a Vizsla go through?

Adult Vizslas have two meals every day, which amounts to around 25-30 lb food each month. When Vizsla pups are small, you can give them 3-4 meals per day, then reduce them to three meals per day as these active dogs become bigger.

These high energy dogs should be consuming two meals every day by the time they are a year old. This equates to about 25-30 pounds of food every month.

How to train a Vizsla?

Create a training area for Vizsla pups: make a special area for your dog before you bring them home. Make certain that the outside space is confined so that these pet dogs cannot escape. Part of the training process is getting students to realize and own their environment.

All the while, call the dog by its name: train your pet dog to respond to every request by calling them by name. Reward the pet dog when they glance up when their name is called! They'll figure out what their name is in no time.

Create a consistent vocabulary: focus on the fundamentals for the first several weeks. It is possible to teach the pet dog words like their name as well as simple instructions like sitting and go potty. It is also critical to teach your puppy the correct words for Yes and No.

Establish a daily regimen: routines to develop include a consistent nightly bedtime, food times, playtimes, and training times. Before beginning any training, we always give our dog a good play session.

Recognize and reward positive behavior: treating your dog is an excellent approach to encourage positive behavior and train him. Consistently shower your puppy with little goodies throughout her first few weeks at home. Reward it for any positive behavior displayed, such as going to pee outdoors, remaining in her bed, and listening to her name.

Train them regularly for a long period of time.

The real work of teaching a Hungarian Vizsla puppy will take several months. You should set aside some time each day to teach your puppy fundamental commands on regular basis.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these Pit Bull facts and Mauzer dog facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our  Vizsla coloring pages.

Vizsla Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Birds and small animals

What Type of Animal were they?


Average Litter Size?

6-7 puppies

How Much Did They Weigh?

45-65 lb (20.41-29.48 kg)

What habitat Do they Live In?

plains and mountains

Where Do They Live?

us, europe, asia

How Long Were They?


How Tall Were They?

20-24 in (50.8-60.96 cm)







Scientific Name

Canis lupus familiaris

What Do They Look Like?

Golden rust color short smooth coat

Skin Type

Short smooth coat

What Are Their Main Threats?

health conditions and health problems

What is their Conservation Status?

Least concern

us europe asia

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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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