Vizsla, at first, was an adjective although it soon became widely used as a noun. As a place name, bloodhounds from Vysla in Nógrád County are mentioned in 1350 for the first time. As a hunting dog, “wyzslath” is mentioned in a letter to Batthyányi Kristóf in 1563. Most specifically it meant a hound dog with excellent scent abilities. By 1657, Vizsla specifically referred to a breed.
The Vizsla is striking in appearance. The breed is often described as having a spotless short coat with golden-rust coloring. The Vizsla’s smooth coat is coupled with an evenly toned, medium-sized body. Their large ears almost touch their shoulders. The head has a short muzzle, with nose blends in well with the coat. Their height is 21–25 in (54–64 cm), and weight is 40–64 pounds (18–30 kg).
The Vizsla is very lively, friendly, and even-tempered. It is easily trained, never aggressive, eager to learn and work, but cannot bear harsh treatment or yelling. They are ultra-sensitive.
Like all working dogs, especially hunting types, the Vizsla requires a lot of exercise to stay healthy and avoid depression. Vizsla loves to think and be challenged.