Breed Review: Vizsla (19 Pics)

The Hungarian vizsla evokes a feeling of nostalgia for those times when the aristocratic society paid special attention to hunting accompanied by graceful and lean dogs. The animals helped to locate wounded prey thanks to their keen sense of smell and keen eyesight. Now hunting grounds exist only on the pages of books, but the Hungarian vizsla continues to be popular. A neat yet muscular physique, smooth amber hair and a meaningful look – these dogs look like statues brought to life by a skilled craftsman. Vizsla is loyal and good-natured, not hostile to strangers, but they will stand up to protect the owner without hesitation.

#1 The history of four-legged hunters began in the 9th-11th centuries, when their ancestors – cop dogs – first appeared on the territory of Hungary

At that time, the country had not yet acquired autonomy and was part of Pannonia, a Roman province, where a damp and unsuitable climate reigned for comfortable living. This area became home to the Magyar tribe, whose main business was hunting. To hunt game, the nomads bred sandy-colored dogs, which were well-versed in the terrain and were adapted to the weather conditions of Pannonia.

#2 Like the Magyars, these animals were distinguished by a love of freedom, so they often left their homes and spread throughout the province.

The cops who migrated to neighboring regions remained invisible against the background of native and already established breeds.

It is not known how the fate of the Magyar dogs would have developed if they had not attracted the attention of Hungarian hunters with their grace and dexterity. To improve the working qualities of the animals, they were crossed with cops of eastern origin. The appearance of the dogs has also changed: due to mating with Russian canine sighthounds, their coat has acquired a lighter shade. In the first half of the 16th century, the future Vizsla was influenced by the Saluki - sandy hounds, who accompanied the Turkish troops during the occupation of Hungary in 1526.

#3 Purposeful and random mating has led to an amazing result – the emergence of golden hunting dogs with an established genotype.

They were highly valued by the Hungarian nobles, who used animals to bait fur animals or birds. The ancestors of the Vizs were considered universal hunters who coped with work in the forest or field and fearlessly threw themselves into the water for wounded game.

Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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