Wow, I love these dogs. The Viszla is the national dog of Hungary and are highly intelligent and friendly dogs. Every one that I have ever met has had a fantastic personality. When well-trained they are exceptionally obedient dogs and really suited to almost any family.
The origins of the breed can be traced back to the 9th Century when the dog was bred by the Magyar tribes of Asia. Its intelligence and outstanding nose led to its use as a sporting dog by Hungary’s nobility, when the breed was used to scent and search for birds. After the introduction of firearms in the 18th Century, the breed was used as a multi-purpose gun dog, being used to hunt birds, deer, wolves and wild boars alike. Its natural speed and keen tracking sense made it perfect for such a role.
In terms of temperament, these dogs are alert, intelligent, keen to please and absolutely love spending time with their master. They are easy to train and will easily learn to “fetch” balls and toys due to their natural retrieving instinct. They generally love water and will enjoy swimming as well as lots of long walks, preferably with some time to run off the lead. It almost goes without saying that these dogs are not suitable for families that will not be able to give them regular, good quality exercise. It is also important that they get regular mental stimulation or they may become bored and destructive. Like other sporting breeds such as the Pointer, the English Springer Spaniel, the English Setter, the German Shorthaired Pointer, the Irish Setter, and the Gordon Setter, these dogs enjoy frequent company with their master. They are not breeds for people who are going to be at work all day and want a dog that will be happy alone in the back yard.
The average lifespan is around 11 years, but they can live for up to 14 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.
They usually grow to about 53-64 cm in height and weigh between 20 and 30 kgs in peak condition.