Breed Guide: Vizsla

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A VizslaDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Vizsla

Height (to base of neck): female 21-23″, male 22-24″

Weight: female 40-55lbs, male 45-60lbs

Color: Russet gold

Origin: Hungary

Coat: Short, dense and glossy.

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Breed Nicknames:

Is a Vizsla the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Vizsla’s lithe size and quick speed was originally used for hunting purposes, and they continue to excel in agility and obedience trials.  They make excellent companion pets for someone with a very active lifestyle.  Their intelligence makes them highly trainable, but they can be easily distracted.  They crave close social contact with people, and can border on fearful if not well socialized early, and they can suffer from separation anxiety and noise phobias.  Some lines can be prone to being high strung or dominant.  They have very high exercise needs, and low grooming needs.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Vizsla Dog

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $198 $1,084
Lipoma (Fatty Tumor) $533 $1,755
Gastritis $677 $4,434
Laceration $317 $780
Pyoderma (Bacterial Infection of the Skin) $163 $600


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