Six weeks old and these puppies are on the move!  Here are a few pictures we caught before they were out of the shot.



Nash and Koda are the parents of this big litter. We have 12 puppies! 5 males and 7 females. As of today there is only 1 female left if you are interested. They have had their dewclaws removed and tails docked. They are all doing well and are getting big. We hope to have another litter in the fall with Nash and Shasta.
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Vizsla Breed

The Vizsla is a dog breed originating inn Hungary.  The Hungarian or Magyar Vizsla are sporting dogs and loyal companions, in addition to being the smallest of the all-round pointer-retriever breeds. The Vizsla’s medium size is one of the breed’s most appealing characteristics as a hunter of fowl and upland game, and through the centuries the Vizsla has held a rare position among sporting dogs – that of household companion and family dog.

The Vizsla is a natural hunter endowed with an excellent nose and an outstanding trainability. Although they are lively, gentle mannered, demonstrably affectionate and sensitive, they are also fearless and possessed of a well-developed protective instinct.

The Vizsla is a medium-sized dog, and fanciers feel that large dogs are undesirable. The average height and weight:

  • Males
    • Height: 22–25 in (56–64 cm)
    • Weight: 45–66 lb (20–30 kg)
  • Females
    • Height: 21–24 in (53–61 cm)
    • Weight: 40–55 lb (18–25 kg)


Vizsla pointing

The American breed standard calls for the tail to be docked to two-thirds of its original length. Breed standards in countries where docking is banned do not require this (UK breed standard, for example). The Vizsla holds its tail horizontal to the ground and wags it vigorously while charging through rough scrub and undergrowth.

The docked tail of the Vizsla is significantly longer than that of other dogs with traditionally docked tails such as the Weimaraner, Doberman, Boxer, and Australian Shepherd. Since the tail is docked when the puppy is less than three days old, this longer dock can result in some variation in tail length among Vizsla dogs from different breeding programs.


Vizslas are very high energy, gentle-mannered, loyal, caring, and highly affectionate. They quickly form close bonds with their owners, children and even strangers. Often they are referred to as “velcro” dogs because of their loyalty and affection. Vizslas will cry or whine when they feel neglected or are otherwise unhappy. Some will bark at strangers if they feel that they are invading the “pack” space. They are very good guard dogs when trained.

They are natural hunters with an excellent ability to take training.  Not only are they great pointers, but they are excellent retrievers as well. They will retrieve on land and in the water, making the most of their natural instincts. However, they must be trained gently and without harsh commands or strong physical correction, as they have sensitive temperaments and can be easily damaged if trained too harshlyHowever the owner must show quiet authority in training, otherwise the dog is likely to take over the training session.

Vizslas are excellent swimmers. Some may need a little motivation to get in the water but as they get used to it they will love it. Like all hunting dogs, Vizslas require a great deal of exercise to remain healthy and happy.

The Vizsla thrives on attention, exercise, and interaction. With proper socialization and training, Vizslas are very gentle dogs that are great around children. The Vizsla wants to be close to its owner as much as possible. Many Vizslas will sleep in bed with their owners and, if allowed, burrow under the covers. Vizslas have been compared to horses in their tendency to “trot” rather than run and some “wiggle” their backsides as they walk.


Vizslas are excellent swimmers.

A Vizsla Club of America survey puts the average lifespan of the Vizsla at 9.15 years. The Vizsla is considered to be a robust dog, but some localized breeding programs using a small number of dogs have led to heritable illnesses in some offspring, including: is very rare but remotely possible.

  • Hip Displasia
  • Canine Epilepsy
  • Cancer (Lipoma, Mast Cell Tumors, Hemangiosarcoma, Lymphoma)
  •  Sebaceous adenitis.

Responsible breeders do not select dogs for breeding if they have such inherent problems. Vizslas can also suffer from hypothyroidism, dwarfism, persistent right aortic arch, tricuspid valve dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy. Major risks include epilepsy and lymphosarcoma. Vizslas can also be prone to skin and food allergies.

Unlike many other dogs, Vizslas do not have an undercoat. They are therefore not recommended for outdoor living unless accommodations are made to keep them warm. They should be housed indoors with the family to ensure a healthy, happy dog.


The Vizsla was already known in early Hungarian history. The ancestors of the present Vizsla were the trusted and favorite hunting dogs of the Magyar tribes who lived in the Carpathian Basin in the 10th century. Primitive stone etchings over a thousand years old show the Magyar hunter with his falcon and his Vizsla.

The first written reference to Vizsla dog breed has been recorded in the Illustrated Vienna Chronicle prepared on order of King Lajos the Great (Louis the Great) by the Carmelite Friars in 1357.

Companion dogs of the early warlords and barons, Vizsla blood was preserved pure for centuries by the land-owning aristocracy who guarded them jealously and continued to develop the hunting ability of these “yellow-pointers”. Records of letters and writings show the high esteem in which the Vizsla was held.

The Vizsla survived the Turkish occupation (1526–1696), the Hungarian Revolution (1848–49), World War I, World War II and the Soviet Period. However, Vizslas faced and survived several near-extinctions in their history, including being overrun by English Pointers and German Shorthair Pointers  in the 1800s (Boggs, 2000:19) and again to near-extinction after World War IIA careful search of Hungary and a poll of Hungarian sportsmen revealed only about a dozen Vizslas of the true type still alive in the country. From that minimum stock, the breed rose to prominence once again. The various “strains” of the Vizsla have become somewhat distinctive as individuals bred stock that suited their hunting style. Outside Hungary, vizslas are commonly bred in Romania, Austria, Slovakia, and Serbia.

The Vizsla started arriving in the United States at the close of World War II. As interest in and devotion to the breed began to increase, owners formed the Vizsla Club of America in order to gain AKC recognition. As a result of registering foundation stock with the AKC Vizsla owners were able to obtain official recognition on November 25, 1960, as the Vizsla became the 115th breed recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The Vizsla was used in development of other breeds, most notably the Wiemaraner, Wire-haired Vizsla, and German Shorthair Pointer breeds.  There is much conjecture about those same breeds, along with other pointer breeds, being used to reestablish the Vizsla breed at the end of 19th century.

The Yugoslavia Kennel Club offered to give temporary registration to Vizslas at a local dog show so as to register future blood lines since many of the dogs in Yugoslavia and behind the Iron Curtain were pure bred, but without registration papers.

The American Kennel Club recognized Vizsla as the 115th breed on November 25, 1960.


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Caring for a new vizsla puppy

Vizsla puppies are much like children, they will test their limits and see what they can do.  If you don’t teach them what you like, they will do what they like.

Potty Training

There are many different strategies to training a puppy to go to the bathroom outside.  The one that works for you is best.  Keep in mind that these little guys have little control at a young age.  Clean carpets and floors will be up to you.  Setting a timer and taking them out every 20 minutes gives them a great chance to go outside.  As they get older you can adjust it to 30 minutes, then 40 etc.  When you aren’t available to take them out regularly you can keep them in a kennel.  This is their space.  You want to keep it clean and cozy in a quiet place.  As long as the kennel isn’t too big, the puppy will not want to us the bathroom in his/her space.   A pillow or something can block the back of a too-big kennel until the puppy gets bigger.  Accidents do happen so you may want to line the kennel with something disposable and easily washable.

Praising the puppy when they do go to the bathroom outside is important.  Give them a lot of positive praise when they go where you want!  Vizslas can be sensitive and want to please you more than some hunting breeds.  Take care when scolding them, a little goes a long way.



Compared to other breeds Vizslas don’t tend to be big chewers.  Giving them a variety of different things that are theirs to chew will keep them away from things you don’t want them to chew.  Tell them NO when they are chewing something you don’t want.  Replace it with something they can chew.  Ropes and other items can be good for their teeth and breath, so you don’t want to stop chewing altogether, but they can be taught to only chew their things.



Not all foods are created equal.  Vets will tell you that dogs starve while eating certain dog food.  Other dog foods are also needlessly expensive.  Finding the most nutritional value for your dog for what you can afford would be best.  Dogs from Outdoorsman Vizslas will be weened and able to eat hard food when you take them home.  There can be an adjustment period when they start eating a new food where they may have diarrhea for a few days, this goes away once they have adjusted.

Dogs store fat around their organs and can be overweight without it showing on the outside.  Keep in mind that foods may not seem like much to a human, makes a much bigger difference to a dog.  You may want to take it easy when tossing them food under the table.

Chocolate can be poisonous to many dogs.  The darker the chocolate and the more chocolate content in food can increase the risk for your dog.  The size of your dog can make a difference as well.  If you are unsure, call your vet, they can tell you what would be appropriate for your dog.  A couple tablespoons of salt can induce vomiting when such a situation occurs.



Vizslas are smart dogs and can handle all the basic training.  They are softhearted, so a little scolding can go a long way.  Positive reinforcement works very well with them.  Keep in mind that even if you are okay with a behavior when they are a cute cuddly puppy, that they will get bigger.  Unless you are okay with the behavior when they are big, train them when they are little.


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About Vizslas

Vizslas make wonderful family and hunting dogs.  They are perfect for an active lifestyle.  While they have a great instinct to hunt they also have a sweet demeanor and give great companionship.


Vizslas have a golden rust – red coloring.  They have a short coat and slender build.  They tend to grow to be around 40-65 lbs on average.  Female vizslas being smaller.  They also have some white patches occasionally that will show on their chest and their toes.  Vizsla puppies are born with blue eyes that eventually turn to a gold color.  Two-thirds of the tails on a vizsla are typically docked.


The ancestors of the Vizsla are assumed to have been hunters and companions of the Magyar hordes which swarmed over Central Europe more than a thousand years ago and settled into what is now Hungary. The breed is depicted in various etchings that date back to the 10th century and manuscripts tracing to the 14th century. Apparently, the breed was a favorite of early barons and warlords who, either deliberately or by accident, preserved its purity through the years.

The breed’s innate hunting instinct was fostered by the terrain of Hungary, which was almost entirely agricultural and pastoral. The breed evolved into one suited to the climatic conditions and available game, resulting in a swift and cautious dog of superior nose and generally high-class hunting ability, combining the best assets of pointer and retriever. Although the Great Wars interrupted normal breed progress, a small amount of Vizslas existed that continued the breed’s growth. Importation into the US began in the 1950s, and the breed was admitted to the AKC registry in 1960.


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deiselDiesel is a very handsome male.  He is a great hunter and proves to be true to breed standard as a great pointer.   As with Vizslas, Diesel is very affectionate and a loving dog.  He aims to please and is easily trainable.  He is reaches the bigger end of the scale for a Vizsla male.  He has minimal white markings that are standard for the Vizsla breed on his toes and chest.

DieselHe is such a wonderful dog and we are very happy to have him part of our dog family.

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koda1Let’s just say…hunting MACHINE.  As a puppy she had a lot of energy and was very playful.  In translation she has proven to be a excellent hunting dog and would make her Dad (qualified to go into the Vizsla Hall of Fame) proud.  She has been a great mother to her puppies and takes good care of them.  She is happy to take breaks and run around the pasture, then back to feeding.  Her litters have been quite large at 11 and 13.  Another very affectionate loving dog with a lot of “run” in her.

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Nash is a strong energetic sweetheart.

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