Westbury Animal Hospital
713.723.3666 · 4917 S. Willow Dr. Houston, Texas 77035 

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Breed Highlighting Wednesday: The Vizsla

Westbury Animal Hospital - Wednesday, October 02, 2013

 

Representing The Vizsla today is Katarina! Katarina is a wonderful patient of Westbury and frequent flier of the boarding facilities. Katarina is extremely sweet and is well known by the entire staff for her toy snake that she carries EVERYWHERE!

Appearance:

The Vizsla is a medium-sized short-coated hunting dog. They are lightly built and lean dogs with defined muscles, and are observed to share similar physical characteristics with the Weimaraner. The nose of the Vizsla will always have a reddish color that blends with the coat color. Black, brown, light pink, or another color nose is an indication of another breed.  

Demeanor:

Vizslas are very high energy, gentle-mannered, loyal, caring, and highly affectionate. They quickly form close bonds with their owners, children and even strangers. They are very good guard dogs when trained.


Possible Health Concerns:

  • Hip dysplasia is very rare but remotely possible.
  • Canine Epilepsy
  • Cancer (Lipoma, Mast Cell Tumors, Hemangiosarcoma, Lymphoma)
  • Sebaceous adenitis


Fun Facts:

  • The name Vizsla means Pointer
  • They originate from Hungary
  • Unlike many other dogs, Vizslas do not have an undercoat. Therefore they are unsuited for living outdoors.
  • Vizslas are nicknamed Velcro dogs. They are extremely people-oriented dogs. In fact, they do not do well kenneled and away from the family. Having a Vizsla is like having a 4-legged extension of yourself.
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