Meet the breed: Vizsla

Oct 26, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. ET
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Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We're here to help you meet the breed that's right for you. If you're looking for a four-legged friend that will play nice with kiddos, find out everything you need to know about the regal Vizsla.


  • Great with kids
  • Easy grooming
  • High energy
  • Affectionate
  • Pleasant temperament


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A breed fit for a queen, Vizslas are commonly associated with being the cleanest and most poised of all breeds. Don't let their majestic good looks fool you — this breed is a hunter by nature and loves to run, romp and chase in the wild. Part retriever and part pointer, this breed needs constant rigorous exercise to remain happy and healthy.

Vizsla breed standards

Is this breed right for you?

If you love dogs but hate the potential mess and smells, then the Vizsla is right for you. This self-cleaning pup maintains a groomed look and scent naturally. Couch potatoes beware: This breed must run on a daily basis — a short walk around the block just won't do. This breed makes the perfect running partner, but if you're not into running miles, Vizsla owners must provide ample outdoor space for this high-energy breed.

vizsla breed characteristics

A dream day in the life of a Vizsla

Helping human counterparts train for a marathon would be right up this breed's alley. Taking on new trails and reaching new levels of fitness is what this breed lives for. After a long run, an afternoon of playing fetch and basking in the great outdoors would be followed by cozy cuddle time with the family to wrap up a perfect day.

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