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The Hungarian Vizsla Breed Standard
General Discription: Medium sized and elegantly built, he is an outstanding all-purpose gundog combining and excellent nose with stable pointing, good retrieving, and a positive enjoyment of working in water. He has great stamina and is happy to work in all weathers. He has an aristocratic air, with a lively but stable temperament. His short coarse, easy to care for coat is richly coloured in russet gold.
An intelligent dog, with a good memory which makes him easy to train, he is responsive to intelligent handling. A Popular pet in his native Hungary, where he adapts to living in house or apartment.
Appearance: Medium sized, of distinguished appearance, robust and medium boned.
Characteristics: Lively, intelligent, obedient, sensitive, very affectionate and easily trained. Bred for hunting fur and feather, pointing and retrieving from land and water.
Temperament: Lively, gentle mannered and demonstratively affectionate, fearless and with well developed protective instinct.
Head and Skull: Head lean and noble. Skull moderately wide between ears with median line down forehead and a moderate stop. Skull a little longer than the muzzle. Muzzle, although tapering, well squared at the end. Nostrils well developed, broad and wide. Jaws strong and powerful. Lips covering jaws completely and neither loose nor pendulous. Nose brown.
Eyes: Neither deep nor prominent, of medium size, a shade darker in colour than coat. Slightly oval in shape, eyelids fitting tightly. Yellow or black eye is undesirable.
Ears: Moderately low set, proportionately long with a thin skin and hanging down close to cheeks. Rounded V shape; not fleshy.
Mouth: Sound and strong white teeth. Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Full dentition desirable.
Neck: Strong, smooth and muscular; moderately long, arched and devoid of dewlap.
Forequarters: Shoulders well laid and muscular, elbows close to the body and straight, forearm long, pasterns upright.
Body: Back level, short, well muscled, withers high. Chest moderately broad and deep with prominent breast bone. Distance from withers to lowest part of chest equal to distance from chest to ground. Ribs well sprung and belly with a slight tuck-up beneath loin. Croup well muscled.
Hindquarters: Straight when viewed from rear, thighs well developed with moderate angulation, hocks well let down.
Feet: Rounded with toes short, arched and tight. Cat -like foot is required, hare foot undesirable. Nails short, strong and a shade darker in colour than coat.
Tail: Moderately thick, rather low set, customarily one-third docked. When moving carried horizontally.
Gait/Movement: Graceful, elegant with a lively trot and ground covering gallop.
Coat: Short, straight, dense, smooth and shiny, feeling greasy to the touch.
Colour: Russet gold, small white marks on chest and feet, though acceptable, undesirable.
Size: Height at withers: dogs: 57-64 cms (22.1/2” to 25”) Bitches: 53-60 cms (21” to 23.1/2”) Weight: 20-30 kgs (48.1/2 lbs to 66 lbs)
Faults: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Breed Notes: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum
Background Information:

The Hungarian Vizsla was practically unknown in Britain before the last War. It evolved in Hungary by selective breeding to satisfy the demands of the sportsman in the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The Vizsla was first introduced to Britain in the 1950's and became firmly established in the sixties when some new blood was imported from Hungary, and in the early seventies when imports from the United States of America and Austria arrived - this trend continued. The Vizsla competes with success at Field Trials in Britain with all Hunt Point and Retrieve Breeds.

It should always be remembered that the Vizsla is a sensitive dog, which responds to firm but gentle handling. A rough handler will never succeed. As a breed they are extremely vivacious, affectionate and need plenty of individual attention and exercise.

They do make excellent pets but it must be acknowledged that the Vizsla was primarily developed as an all purpose Gundog.