Sunday, April 27, 2014


The Vizsia is a dog breed originating in Hungary, which belongs under the FCI group 7 (pointer group).  The Hungarian or Magyar Vizsia are sporting dogs and loyal companions, in addition to being the smallest of the all-round pointer-retriever breeds.  Their medium size is one of the breed's most appealing characteristics as a hunter of fowl and upland game, and through the centuries the Vizsia has held a rare position among sporting dogs - that of household companion and family dog.

The Vizsia is a natural hunter endowed with an excellent nose and an outstanding trainability.  Although they are lively, gentle mannered, demonstrably affectionate and sensitive, they are also fearless and possessed of a well-developed protective instinct.

The Vizsia is a medium-sized short-coated hunting dog of distinguished appearance and bearing.  Robust but rather lightly built, they are lean dogs. have defined muscles, and are observed to share similar physical characteristics with the Weimaraner.  The standard coat is a solid golden-rust colour but some breeding programmes have resulted in a solid rust coat.  Small areas of white on the fore-chest and on the neck and tail are permissible but not preferred.

These dogs are excellent swimmers although some may need a little motivation to get in the water but as they get used to it they love it.  Like all hunting dogs, Vizsias require a great deal of exercise to remain healthy and happy and they thrive on attention, exercise and interaction.  With proper socialisation and training, they are very gentle dogs that are great around children.  They want to be close to their owner as much as possible.  Many will sleep in bed with their owners and, if allowed, burrow under the covers.  They have been compared to horses in their tendency to 'trot' rather than sun and some 'wiggle' their backsides as they walk.

These dogs were already known in early Hugarian history.  The ancestors of the present Vizsia were the trusted and favourite hunting dogs of the Magyar tribes who lived in the Carpathian Basin in the 10th century.  Primitive stone etchings over a thousand years old show the Magyar hunter with his falcon and his Vizsia.  (How about this for a very noble head?).

 The first written reference to the Vizsia dog breed has been recorded in the Illustrated Vienna Chronicle prepared on order of King Lajor the Great (Louis the Great) by the Carmelite Friars in 1356.

Companion dogs of the early warlords and barons, Vizsia blood was preserved pure for centuries by the land-owning aristocracy who guarded them jealously and continued to develop the hunting ability of these "yellow-pointers".  Records of letters and writing show the high esteem in which the Visia was held.

This breed survived the Turkish occupation (1526-1696), the Hungarian Revolution (1848-9), World War I, World War II and the Soviet period.  However, they faced and survived several near-extinctions in their history, including being overrun by English Pointers and German Shorhaired Pointers in the 1800s and again to near extinction after World War II.  A careful search of Hungary and a poll of Hungarian sportsmen revealed only about a dozen Vizsias of the true type still alive in the country.  From that minimum stock, the breed rose to prominence again.  The various 'strains' of the breed have become somewhat distinctive as individuals bred stock that suited their hunting style  Outside Hungary, Vizsias are commonly bred in Romania, Austria, Slovakia and Serbia.  They are also registered in the United States and Great Britain.

I am so glad this breed survived in its original form as I think it is one of the best dogs I've come across in my list of dogs.  Its also great to see it's not been 'mucked' about with as so many breeds have in this modern age.


  1. A very nice looking dog - and I agree with you about the 'mucking about' which is all too common.
    It is hard enough sharing the bed with a cat (or two) though. I am pretty certain I don't want a dog on (or in) bed with me.

    1. I really liked the look (and description) of this dog.
      Precious slept with me all last night and even though a reasonably small cat she takes up quite a lot of room. I've never had a dog sleep on my bed nor would I want one to.

  2. Hari OM
    Oh yes these are regal critters and their ancient breeding shows through. One of the best for sure!! Happy Sunday. YAM xx

    1. Thanks Yam. Our Sunday was good as we had RAIN.
      I really did like these dogs but not sure they would be available in Oz even if we were in the market for one and probably couldn't afford it anyway. xx

  3. They are handsome dogs, being gentle and easy to train is a real bonus, they would be a good family dog. I wouldn't want one sleeping in my bed though.
    (I didn't want Angel in my bed either, but he won't sleep anywhere else at night. Yet)

    1. As I said to EC I've never had a dog sleep on my bed but beside me on the mat is a different matter.
      Precious slept with me all last night (8 hours straight) and it makes me feel good but, being older, she doesn't much about.
      You would feel mean I guess if you shut your bedroom door wouldn't you? Yes, of course you would. : )

    2. Yes, I would feel mean. It will be easier when Angel is older and sleeps longer. The only access to the litter box is through my bedroom too, so that door has to stay open. The bathroom opens off my room and the litter box is in the laundry section of the bathroom.

    3. I can understand now why he has to have access to your bedroom. He will eventually settle down and you have to remember that if he was used to being an outside cat he may have been active at night and slept mainly in the day. We have to give them time to adapt to our way of life and most do it very well.

  4. Vizsla* ... Or is a Vizsia a different breed of Hungarian hunting dog than the VizsLa? ... Anyway, I have a VIZSLA/PitBull mix and he is the best friend I have ever had! <3