Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer (Magyar Vizsla)


Lively, Balanced, Sensitive
Size: Medium
Height: 54-64 cm
Weight: 20-27 kg
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Coat: Shorthair
Colors: Gradations of semolina yellow
FCI Group: Pointing Dogs

The Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer - often known as "Magyar Vizsla" - is especially popular as a versatile hunting dog. Because of its unproblematic temperament and its ability to adapt quickly, it can also be kept as a perfect family dog, given suitable employment and exercise.

Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer (Magyar Vizsla)
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The physique of the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer is aerodynamically shaped. This breed is extremely athletic and strong. The dog breed recognized by the FCI is in group 7. Pointing Dogs Section 1 Continental Pointing Dogs 1.1 Type "Braque" classified.

This breed is available in all shades of sand colored to a dark gold represented. According to the standards set by the FCI, the pedigree dogs may have a white spot on the chest up to 5 cm. Furthermore, it should be solid color.

The Vzilas belong with their up to 27 kg body and a height at withers up to 64 cm belong to the medium-sized dogs. Here the females are smaller and lighter than the males.

The wide nostrils allow the Magyar Vizslas to smell particularly well. For this reason, they can sniff out their prey from a great distance. The straight nose of the dogs contributes significantly to this. The ears are U-shaped and lie close together. Their tails are straight and carried horizontally. They reach approximately to the hock.

A Magyar Vizsla can live up to 14 years.

The character of the Vizslas is extremely pleasant. They are especially smart and learn with pleasure and quickly. Vizslas see their masters as partners. This results in a pleasing relationship. However, the Magyar Vizslas are overly sensitive. If you ever yell at them or treat them roughly, it can have serious consequences.

If you want to get a Vizla, it is important to have leadership qualities. In addition, you should have a good understanding of dogs. With this it is possible to train your dog better.

A completely socialized Vizsla is considered one of the best family dogs. Here, however, the pointing dog needs a little more time. His temperament and his joy of life must be lived out absolutely. His family should always offer the Magyar Vizsla enough new challenges. Then this breed is a loyal, affectionate companion who always wants to be with him everywhere.

Children are not a problem at all when acquiring such a dog breed. Due to the special sensitivity Magyars are great playmates. The high willingness to learn contributes to the good understanding between dog and child. Once they have become accustomed to the children, these dogs form a strong protective instinct.

Hungarian Pointers can often be guided by slight gestures and facial expressions. With a Magyar you should absolutely refrain from kennel keeping.

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Children suitable:

With supervision

The right food

When you get a puppy, ask the breeder what food he fed. Continue feeding the puppy the same brand for some time. Since the newcomer will already have enough excitement because of his new environment, a change of food at the beginning would be too exhausting for him. Thus, his digestive tract will not be too overloaded with the already exciting news.

Feed your puppy four times a day at the same times. If he has not eaten everything, put the rest of the food away. After your new family member has adapted to his new environment, you can - if necessary - begin with the food change.

When choosing dry or wet food, one of the things you should look for is the following: Declaration and contents of the dry or wet food should be correct. Some brands contain fillers or preservatives or similar, which a dog does not necessarily tolerate and does not need.

Especially important in the growth phase are the supply of phosphorus and calcium. This guarantees a healthy bone structure. Nevertheless, you should be careful that too much of it would boost the growth of the puppy too much, which is especially harmful to the bone structure in larger breeds.

Thus, the amount and content of the food should be tailored to the individual needs of the dog.

It is best to discuss the individual diet with your attending veterinarian. In addition, you can get advice from experienced breeders.

You can of course bring your Magyar Vizsla also Barfen. Meat, offal and bones are fed here as well as fish, vegetables and fruit. The Barfen leans as starting point on the food culture of the wolves. If you are considering this method of feeding, be sure to consult your veterinarian or an expert nutritionist beforehand.

Especially for the Hungarian pointing dog, organic carrot pellets are said to promote pigmentation. They are also said to have a positive effect on digestion.

And never forget: Your dog should always have enough fresh drinking water.

Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer Care

Vizlas have a short, smooth coat without undercoat. Therefore, the Vizsla does not require excessive grooming. The occasional brushing of the coat with a suitable brush is quite sufficient.

As long as this breed is not excessively dirty or smelly, it should not be washed. If it does, a bath or shower with lukewarm water and a good quality dog shampoo is recommended. After that, it should be rinsed thoroughly and dried with a towel. You can also use a hair dryer for this purpose. The hair dryer should be turned on to the lowest setting and not held too close to the body.

After each walk you should check the body of the Vazslas for vermin and other things. The Paws and gaps too, to make sure that no gravel and the like has settled.

The Vizslas are active and temperamental. For this reason it is usually unnecessary to claws cut themselves. When romping in the meadow and forest, they largely sharpen themselves. Nevertheless, you should check the length of the claws regularly. Long claws that are not trimmed can lead to problems in the gait and change the posture of the dog, which can bring health deficits.

The general care of a dog also includes the eyes and ears:

The eyes should be regularly cleaned of dried-on tears. For this purpose, you can use a damp cloth, paper towel or absorbent cotton, gently stroking the areas that are affected.

The ears should be cleaned approximately weekly with a suitable cleaner. Make sure that the ears remain clean. This will help you avoid infections through the ear passages.

To Teeth and gums healthy, regular dental care is necessary. Toothpaste and toothbrushes for dogs are available for this purpose. Occasionally, you can also give your dog chews that also serve dental care.

Suitable accessories

For the most part, a Magyar Vizsla will suffice with the usual accessories for dogs.

For example, the initial equipment of any dog includes a Dog bed, Food and water bowl, a Dog leash and the matching collar or a Dog harness to this.

At Toys for thinking and agility games these dogs are particularly happy. Thus, they are sufficiently occupied and challenged.

Since the Vizslas have little to no undercoat, they are extremely sensitive to cold. When romping freely, the cold is well compensated for them. However, the dogs start to freeze severely after a few minutes on the leash. Here, many Vizsla owners recommend a warming winter coat.

Short Haired Hungarian Pointers History

Origin & History

The roots of this breed penetrate back to the 10th century. According to this, the Magyars are said to have brought the ancestors of the Vizslas from the Russian steppes to Hungary. Here they were discovered by the Hungarian nobility and further bred as hunting and pointing dogs.

However, the fame of this breed faded at the beginning of the 19th century, as people focused more on English and French breeds. Therefore, the breed threatened to disappear completely. Nevertheless, at the beginning of the 20th century, the Magya Vizslas celebrated their comeback, so that from 1920 onwards a purposeful breeding began.

Thus, on May 29, 1920, the "Hungarian Vizsla Breeders Association" was formed. In 1936 the time had come and the FCI recognized the Vizslas as a breed.

In the meantime, the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer has become so popular that about 150 puppies are recorded per year in Germany alone.

Furthermore, through a cross with the Deutsch Drahthaar, a new breed was begotten from it and was accepted by the FCI in 1965. This is the hungarian wire haired pointer.

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