Vizsla

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Country of Origin:Hungary
AKC Group:Sporting Group
UKC Group:Gun Dog
Use today:Bird dog, pointing field trials
Life Span:10 to 14 years
Color:Various shades of golden rust with or without white markings on chest.
Coat:Short, smooth, dense and close-lying without a woolly undercoat
Grooming:Bathe monthly if needed.
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:21 to 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight:Proportionate to height

The Hungarian Pointer, or Vizsla, may be of ancient lineage or may be a product of this century, depending on which dog historian one chooses to believe. What is certain is that the red pointer was well known as a versatile gundog in Hungary, its country of origin, well before the start of World War I in 1914. The two World Wars so depleted the breed's numbers that it took a concerted effort by Hungarian breeders to reestablish the Vizsla in its homeland, where it is now considered the national dog. Sportsmen first imported the breed to North America in the 1950s, and it has since become well established as an all-purpose hunting dog. The breed has an excellent nose, works equally well on upland game and waterfowl, and is a strong swimmer. Rather lightly built, average males measure 23 inches at the shoulder, females 22 inches. Males weigh from 50 to 65 pounds, females are about 10 pounds lighter. The coat is short, dense, golden-rust in color and needs only weekly grooming. Readily trainable and active, the Vizsla does best where it gets lots of daily outdoor exercise. It's good with children and is a great watchdog.

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