The Hungarian Vizsla is a large sporting dog used mainly for hunting and shooting. As a working breed he is an all-round excellent shooting dog who is able to retrieve, point, flush and is happy working in the water.
There is a shorthair and a wire coated version. The short haired is the more popular in the UK. Both versions however, are deep red in colour with no other colour through the coat, his eyes are blue or amber and his nose is brown or ginger. He has a sleek body, slightly lighter than that of the Labrador, triangular ears falling down at the cheeks and straight tail which is about half the length of his body. The wire haired version has a coarser coat and bushy eyebrows giving him a sterner expression than the more popular smooth haired Vizsla. The smooth coat looks very much like an English pointer but with a solid coloured coat.
An intelligent dog with a good memory makes him easy to train and he is still a popular pet in Hungary where he originated from. He stands up to 65cm at the shoulder and can weigh up to 27kg. Very much a working dog the Vizsla is an energetic dog more suited to life in the country than a town. He has enormous stamina and needs a daily walk of at least an hour a day. The breed can be prone to hip dysplasia and has a life span of up to 15 years.