The Hungarian Vizsla has sometimes been nicknamed the “Velcro” dog, because they love to attach themselves to people. They will happily cuddle up on your lap or next to you on the sofa: Vizslas just love to be with people! The Vizsla is an excellent family dog, though younger Vizslas tend to jump around, and could accidentally knock small children over in their excitement.
Although they are affectionate, Vizslas need an outlet for their boundless energy. Their roots as sport dogs mean that they are athletic and agile. Without an outlet for their energy, Hungarian Vizslas are often miserable and destructive. Vizslas tend to be mouthy, especially towards people’s hands, but this can be solved by providing your VIzsla with a box of toys for him to pick up and carry or chew. Early socialisation is essential for this breed. Vizslas can be a little suspicious or shy of new people and situations, but early socialisation will give them confidence and prevent them from become nervous or timid as they grow up.