The Vizsla (veesh-la) is a hunting dog with a short coat in a light rust color. To see breed standards click here. We had a female in the hospital yesterday suffering from neck pain and in need of X-rays. She was pretty even-tempered despite being pretty nervous.
The breed comes from Hungary where they were used as hunting dogs and companions for the Magyar hordes. Depictions of the breed can be found as far back as the 10th century. Like the, Leonberger, Vizslas faced extinction around WWII. They had previously been overrun by Pointer breeds (English and German Shorthair) in the 1800s. Vizslas were rejuvenated from a mere 12 individuals. Post WWII, the breed came to the US where the Vizsla Club of America was formed to gain AKC status (official November 25, 1960). They were part of the development of breeds such as the Wire-haired Vizsla and the Weimaraner.
Vizsla life expectancy is 10-14 years. Illnesses they can suffer from (though they are a pretty healthy dog) include: (#3)
- Hip dysplasia is very rare but remotely possible.
- Canine Epilepsy (major risk)
- Sebaceous adenitis
- hypothyroidism, dwarfism
- persistent right aortic arch
- tricuspid valve dysplasia
- progressive retinal atrophy
- lymphosarcoma (major risk)
- skin and food allergies