The following points are called for in The Kennel Club Breed Standard for the Vizsla.

A medium sized dog who although medium boned must be robust with a distinguished appearance.

Russet Gold in colour and body well muscled.

The Vizsla character should be lively,obedient, intelligent, very loving and affectionate with a sensitive side.

The temperament of a Vizsla should be gentle mannered but have a well developed protective instinct.

Very few people can look at a picture of a Vizsla and not be impressed by it's appearance. When out with our dogs even " Non doggy people " will make a compliment about how nice they are.

Vizslas, although by no means common are becoming increasingly fashionable, more and more are seen in adverts ranging from insurance to dog food. It's a sad fact of life that some people see this increase in popularity a way to make a quick buck, not caring where their puppies go and if they don't have any puppies some  will even offer to sell one of their older dogs, sad but true.

Take time when setting out to acquire your new family member,  you will hopefully have your Vizsla for fifteen years, visit a few breeders, meet their dogs and pick the breeder that you feel you can trust.

The following is reproduced with the kind permission of the Hungarian Vizsla Society.

The HVS feels prospective Vizsla owners should be made aware of contra-indications in the description of Vizslas as ideal family pets.

The Vizsla is a complicated character who requires lots of attention, exercise and training when adult.

Training should begin early in the puppies life.  It should be firm, patient and consistent.  Vizslas have a low threshold for boredom and will become either highly excited and silly or nervous and whingy if pushed too hard or dealt with in an aggressive manner.  However, they may try to become boss dog, or manipulate their owner if not shown their place in the home.

A highly intelligent dog, they require activities to engage their brain, otherwise they will use this intelligence to devise their own amusement which can spell trouble!

Vizslas are bred to have copious energy and are capable of working eight hours a day during the shooting season.  If not utilised this energy can cause the dog to become hyperactive and neurotic.  By nature Vizslas are excitable and extrovert, who display great affection toward their people.  This can be jumping up or taking hold of hand, wrist or a piece of clothing and mouthing it.

This is the Vizsla, it needs much attention and is not happy without sufficient exercise and will fret if left alone for long periods.

Can you cope with this?  If you have any doubts – do not get a Vizsla.

Sadly, there have recently been problems where the rescue team and some owners who have had to take the ultimate step - euthanasia. The Vizslas in question had shown repeated aggression.

Circumstances have varied as to the cause of this sad situation, it has been noted that some of the dogs involved have been somewhat closely bred. 

Do examine the Pedigree and seek advice before deciding this is the dog for you.

Lifestyles have changed and people do not always have the time to devote to a dog.  Vizslas do not make good trophy or weekend dogs.

When in the right environment, there is no better companion than this breed, they just do not suit everybody.

In return for your care and commitment a Vizsla will give a lifetime of fun and devotion.

Sheila Gray - Chairman HVS