Would you like to own a wonderful dog who is very protective, loving, and intelligent? If so you might want to check out the noble Vizsla, a Hungarian origin Pointer. These dogs are considered a national treasure in Hungary and have hundreds of years of breeding history.
The Noble Vizsla
The noble Vizsla has been the breed of choice for Hungarian nobility for centuries and is prized for their hunting abilities as well as being very loyal to their owners. The breed was close to being made virtually extinct when the nation was invaded by the former USSR during the Second World War. Thankfully, enough of the dogs were able to escape the nation with their owners to keep the breed going.
Personally I really like the Vizsla after reading about their history and temperament. The following excerpt from an article on the PetWave.com website gives a good overview:
Today’s Vizsla is highly competitive in all disciplines, including conformation, hunt tests, obedience, agility, field trials and tracking. Vizslas have served on archaeological excavations and participated in search-and-rescue efforts at Ground Zero after the Septbember 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York. They are highly trainable and have been used as therapy dogs, guide dogs, service dogs, drug and explosive detection dogs and search-and-rescue dogs. This is an active breed with a gentle, sensitive nature, and it thrives on attention from the people it adores.
The dog is becoming popular in America, since the stock saved after WW-2 made their way to the United States and has steadily been regenerated. Known as “utility” dogs, this breed is very adept at locating, flushing, and then retrieving game while in the field. Then at night they are instinctively very family oriented, sleeping next to their owners and always being alert in case the home is invaded.
The noble Vizsla needs plenty of exercise and affection. They are a high energy dog yet calm and very trainable. Considered a regal looking canine due to their sleek, stately physical build they have been referred to as the gift of kings for centuries. They tend to have few medical problems and often live long lives of at least 14 years. Yes, I really find the Vizsla to be a dog well worth taking a serious look at as an addition to my family.
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