V is for VIZSLA | #AtoZChallenge

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#AtoAchallenge Day 22: V is for Vizsla
Day 22, April 26


#AtoZChallenge 2016, V is for Vizsla, The Doglady's DenThe Vizsla is a dog breed originating in Hungary, which belongs under the FCI group 7 (Pointer group). The Hungarian or Magyar Vizsla are sporting dogs and loyal companions, in addition to being the smallest of the all-round pointer-retriever breeds. The Vizsla’s medium size is one of the breed’s most appealing characteristics as a hunter of fowl and upland game, and through the centuries the breed has held a rare position among sporting dogs – that of household companion and family dog. The Vizsla 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. – WIKIPEDIA [photo credit]

Vizslas have similar traits to Dalmatians:

I’ve only met a few of these dogs but liked them all. Two special ones:

Bailey belonged to a friend who was also part of our daily doggie play group. She and Tasha, our Dalmatian, were about the same age and grew up together. They would chase each other around and around and finally collapse, exhausted and happy. After a couple of years, Bailey got a vizsla brother named Finnigan, who joined in the fun as well.

Bailey the Vizsla

Milo was larger and had longer hair than most vizslas, so he probably had some of the wire-haired genes. He first came to stay with me at age four and was a frequent guest for the rest of his life, about 10 years. As a puppy, Milo lost his right eye in a freak accident and his owners gave him one made of glass. Wasn’t that a great thing for them to do? His most endearing quality was the way he hugged, by wrapping his front leg around mine. If I tried to remove it before he was ready, he immediately put it back. For a vizsla, he was a real couch potato; not at all hyper.

#AtoZChallenge: V is for Vazsla


Does an easy to groom, odour free dog who needs daily runs appeal to you?

Looking forward to your comments!


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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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46 thoughts on “V is for VIZSLA | #AtoZChallenge

    1. It’s possible that Vizslas don’t have a presence in India. They are beautiful dogs and fairly low maintenance when it comes to grooming and health issues, but do need a lot of exercise on a daily basis.

  1. I’m one of those dog owners who chooses a name for my dog based on the country of origin so I would never have called a Vizsla, Finnegan, which is Irish. Franz, maybe 🙂

    1. Oops – I misspelled Finnegan. You’re right about it being Irish. His mom told me the story behind her reasons for using that name, but I can’t recall the details. It was a poem, I think.

    1. Milo kind of looked like an Irish Setter, because his coat was so red, plus he was taller. Bailey was more typical of the breed.

  2. I’ve also met several Vizslas that I liked a lot. Their coat is easy to maintain and they are friendly, energetic pups. My parents used to raise English Springer Spaniels so we’d all types of breeds when we attended the dog shows. I’ve enjoyed keeping up with your A to Z Challenge. I am doing it also, with a newly redesigned blog. I’d love to hear what you think of it, especially since you were following the older design. Happy trails! http://www.dianeweidenbenner.com

  3. At first, I thought Milo was a Labrador. He looks similar to that breed, in my opinion. The Vizsla is a very cute dog. According to the picture, he looks big too.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Milo was bigger than the average Vizsla and had longer hair. Bailey was the typical version – about the same size as my Dalmatian, ie. ~40 lbs.( ~18 kg.)

  4. Your two charges sound wonderful! It is rare to have a hunting dog as a house pet, so this is indeed a plus for families. One of my girls is a lot like Milo with the paw on the foot thing 😉 The other one hides my slippers in her bed. It seems like larger dogs don’t care for hugs as much as the small ones, but they do have their own ways of showing affection;-)

    1. Vizslas do make wonderful pets, as long as they get their daily runs. Some bigger dogs like to cuddle and even fancy themselves as lapdogs. Rufus (from the X-Breed post) sometimes tries to jump on my lap. Labs are sweet. Your girls must give you great joy! 🙂

  5. That’s a sweet story about him wrapping his leg around yours. If he was a person, he’d be a “hugger.” I love that.

  6. I always thought this dog was called a hound-dog.
    Another nice dog breed, but I don’t think I’d want one unless I had a big back yard to let him play in between walks.
    Living in a small apartment, I would feel bad for the dog being cooped up inside when I’m not home.

    1. Hi, Jeffrey. So many people say that about living in an apartment. Are there no parks in your area where dogs could run free? Or within driving distance? Some people with yards shove their dogs out there and never even walk them, which is terrible. Dog walking as a profession has grown a lot in the last 10 years too. Of course, that can get expensive, but the dogs are surely worth it.

  7. I had a friend who had two Vizslas but didn’t really have that much interaction with them except for the few times I was at his house. They are beautiful dogs and I had forgotten what they looked like as it’s been awhile since I’ve seen them. He was going to leave them with me one time but opted to leave them with someone who would take them for free so I never got a chance to really hang with any. They’re not a popular breed around here, meaning I don’t meet or see many of them.
    Bailey and Milo look sweet. That was a great photo of Bailey. He looked very playful in that picture!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Can’t compete with free! I’ve had that happen a few times as well. 😛 We have quite a few Vizslas in our area. Bailey was Tasha’s “childhood” friend. They grew up together. I love this photo of her, too. Such a happy dog! 🙂 Milo was a favourite house guest for many years.

  8. I had to smile when I read he likes to wrap his leg around your leg. What wonderful experiences you have had, and still are having. I find it interesting that so many dogs have been faithful lodgers over so many years. Great post… like always!

    1. Yes, I loved that about Milo. 😀 People keep coming back because the dogs are happy and relaxed when they go home. Some have told me their dogs start getting excited as soon as the car turns onto our street. That’s the biggest compliment of all!

  9. They look like lovely dogs, this is a new breed to me. I’m afraid I would have trouble with all the exercise they need, I just can’t walk that far any more, hence cats are a better option.
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    1. Walking really doesn’t do it for them. Vizslas need daily runs. We have dog parks for that here, within driving distance. Great alternative, yes?

  10. Wow, sweet! Vizsla’s do look like Dalmatians without spots! Milo is such a cute one! That reminds me, what breed is the dog Milo from the Jim Carey movie ‘The Mask’?

    1. Vizslas and Dalmatians have a lot in common. The dog Milo in “The Mask” is a Jack Russell Terrier. I talked about them in the “J” post.

  11. I WANT ONE! Never heard of them before. They seem to have a lot of the same traits as Dobies – one of my favorites. I had to laugh about the grooming — sounds like our male Doxie – gives his little wife a bath everyday – head to toe.

    1. They are nice dogs and have a lot in common with Dalmatians, too like the cat feet, cleanliness and lack of odour. I can just picture your little ones and the bathing ritual. 🙂

  12. I have never seen this dog and would love a dog like this if I wasn’t a cripple who lived in the city. They seem sweet and I love the affectionate dogs

    1. HI, Birgit; Most cities have leash-free parks where dogs can run around to their hearts’ content. 🙂 The Vizslas I knew lived here in town. We had a doggy play group that met every day in the backfield of the neighbourhood elementary school.

  13. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

    I never heard mention of this breed but have always been fascinated by pointers and retrievers. The Vizsla is indeed a beautiful, sleek, athletic, obedient animal and it’s hard to believe it doesn’t have that typical dog odor. I would not be a good candidate to own a Vizsla because I would not be able to give it room to run. I worry that some people “collect” certain types of animals based on their physical features or as status symbols w/o considering the exercise needs of the breed. It would be cruel to keep these majestic dogs confined most of the time. I love affectionate dogs and would love to have a couple of Vizslas on my lap right now.

    I am sad tonight because my neighbor across the street told me he had to put his dog to sleep. It was a rough Collie that looked just like Lassie. Over the last ten years I have walked across the street countless times to visit “Duchess.” When she would see me coming, she’d start to whimper, and that gentle cry meant a great deal to me. We bonded and shared many happy moments together. I loved Duchess and will miss her.

    Thank you very much, dear friend Debbie!

    1. Shady, I’m sorry to hear about Duchess. You will surely miss her sweet whimper greeting. It’s always hard to lose a doggie friend. Now you have the memories of your times shared together to keep her alive in your heart… So sorry, my friend.

      Michele at Angels Bark

    2. Hi, Shady; You’re so right about some people collecting dogs as status symbols, much to the dogs’ detriment.

      I’m so sorry about Duchess! ? May the happy memories of your time together sustain you. ♥

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