Pointer vs Vizsla

Compare the Pointer to the Vizsla. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Pointers and Vizslak.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Vizsla is a good choice for new owners, whereas the Pointer is not recommended for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Pointer and Vizsla are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Pointer and Vizsla are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Vizsla has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Breed NamePointerVizsla
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height23-28 in.21-25 in.
Weight45-75 lb40-65 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomHungary
Origin Year1650 AD1357 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹45°F to 80°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountLowLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NamePointerVizsla
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NamePointerVizsla
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CancerNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Sebaceous AdenitisNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NamePointerVizsla
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black&whiteYesNo
LemonYesNo
Lemon&whiteYesNo
LiverYesNo
Liver&whiteYesNo
OrangeYesNo
Orange&whiteYesNo
GoldenNoYes
Golden RustNoYes
RedNoYes
Red GoldenNoYes
RustNoYes
Rust GoldenNoYes
Sandy YellowNoYes