The Vizsla (pronounced "vee-shla") is also known as the Hungarian
Pointer. As that name suggests, the Vizsla is a pointing dog, and is
primarily used in upland hunting. Nearly extinct 50 years ago, the breed
has enjoyed a hearty return to the field, and now has a devoted following
here in the states.
Vizslas are small enough to be good dogs for a city apartment, but remember
like other sporting dogs they require daily exercise. Vizsla's are sensitive
dogs, devoted to those who treat them kindly and give them attention.
The Vizsla is not very discriminating about to whom he shows his affection -
he loves everyone.
That of a medium-sized short-coated hunting dog of distinguished appearance
and bearing. Robust but rather lightly built; the coat is an attractive solid
golden rust. This is a dog of power and drive in the field yet a tractable
and affectionate companion in the home. It is strongly emphasized that
field conditioned coats, as well as brawny or sinewy muscular condition and
honorable scars indicating a working and hunting dog are never to be penalized
in this dog. The qualities that make a "dual dog" are always to be
appreciated, not deprecated.
Lean and muscular. Skull moderately wide between the ears with a median
line down the forehead. Stop between skull and foreface is moderate, not
deep. Foreface or muzzle is of equal length or slightly shorter than skull when
viewed in profile, should taper gradually from stop to tip of nose. Muzzle
square and deep. It must not turn up as in a "dish" face nor should it turn
down. Whiskers serve a functional purpose; their removal is permitted but
not preferred. Nostrils slightly open. Nose brown. Any other color is faulty.
A totally black nose is a disqualification. Ears, thin, silky and proportionately
long, with rounded-leather ends, set fairly low and hanging close to cheeks.
Jaws are strong with well developed white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.
Eyes medium in size and depth of setting, their surrounding tissue covering
the whites. Color of the iris should blend with the color of the coat.
Yellow or any other color is faulty. Prominent pop-eyes are faulty. Lower
eyelids should neither turn in nor out since both conditions allow seeds and
dust to irritate the eye. Lips cover the jaws completely but are neither
loose nor pendulous.
Neck and Body
Neck strong, smooth and muscular, moderately long, arched and devoid of
dewlap, broadening nicely into shoulders which are moderately laid back. This
is mandatory to maintain balance with the moderately angulated hindquarters.
Body is strong and well proportioned. Back short. Withers high and the topline
slightly rounded over the loin to the set on of the tail. Chest moderately
broad and deep reaching down to the elbows. Ribs well-sprung; underline
exhibiting a slight tuck-up beneath the loin. Tail set just below the level
of the croup, thicker at the root and docked one-third off. Ideally, it
should reach to the back of the stifle joint and be carried at or near
the horizontal. An undocked tail is faulty.
Shoulder blades proportionately long and wide sloping moderately back
and fairly close at the top. Forelegs straight and muscular with elbows
close. Feet cat-like, round and compact with toes close. Nails brown and
short. Pads thick and tough. Dewclaws, if any, to be removed on front and
rear feet. Hare feet are faulty.
Hind legs have well developed thighs with moderately angulated stifles
and hocks in balance with the moderately laid back shoulders. They must be
straight as viewed from behind. Too much angulation at the hocks is as
faulty as too little. The hocks are let down and parallel to each other.
Short, smooth, dense and close-lying, without woolly undercoat. A
distinctly long coat is a disqualification.
Solid golden rust in different shadings. Solid dark mahogany red and
pale yellow are faulty. White on the forechest, preferably as small as possible,
and white on the toes are permissible. Solid white extending above the toes
or white anywhere else on the dog except the forechest is a disqualification.
When viewing the dog from the front, white markings on the forechest must be
confined to an area from the top of the sternum to a point between the elbows
when the dog is standing naturally. White extending on the shoulders or neck
is a disqualification. White due to aging shall not be faulted. Any noticable
area of black in the coat is a serious fault.
Far reaching, light footed, graceful and smooth. When moving at a fast
trot, a properly built dog single tracks.
The ideal male is 22 to 24 inches at the highest point over the shoulder
blades. The ideal female is 21 to 23 inches. Because the Vizsla is meant to
be a medium-sized hunter, any dog measuring more than 1½ inches over or under
these limits must be disqualified.
A natural hunter endowed with a good nose and above-average ability to
take training. Lively, gentle-mannered, demonstrably affectionate and sensitive
though fearless with a well developed protective instinct. Shyness, timidity
or nervousness should be penalized.
Completely black nose. Solid white extending above the toes or white
anywhere else on the dog except the forechest. White extending on the shoulders
or neck. A distinctly long coat. Any male over 25-1/2 inches, or under 20-1/2
inches and any female over 24-1/2 inches or under 19-1/2 inches at the
highest point over the shoulder blades.
This standard was approved December 11, 1995, effective January 31, 1996.
For more info, you may want to visit the Vizsla Club of America's web site.
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