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The compact and muscular Vizsla originated in Hungary, where they were used as hunting dogs for rabbits and waterfowl. Like many European breeds, they nearly reached extinction by the end of World War II, but luckily they bounced back. They were imported into the United States in 1950, and quickly gained favor for their natural hunting abilities.
Vizslas are gentle and affectionate. Their caring nature matches well with families and they are capable of forming close bonds with both adults and children. Their sporting history requires that they get a relatively large amount of exercise daily, whether that be running, chasing a ball, swimming or just taking a vigorous walk around the neighborhood. Their short hair coats require little to no grooming.
Although they are sporty by nature, Vizlas are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Vizlas are prone to includes eye conditions such as corneal dystrophy and entropion; blood diseases such as hemophilia a (factor VIII deficiency); hip problems such as hip dysplasia; and skin infections such as sebaceous adenitis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Vizsla has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad eyes or his mother’s poor hips, you’re covered.