Durite Vizslas

Vizsla Information

Brief History of the Vizsla:
Originating in Hungary, with mild winters and abundant habitats for game birds certainly contributed to the desire for the people of this area to own such a breed as the Vizsla. The Vizsla is thought to be one of the oldest sporting breeds.

The Hungarian Vizsla was also known as the Hungarian Pointer or the Magyar Pointer.
After World War II the Vizsla faced extinction, if not for the Hungarians who had fled with their Vizsla(s) in tow. The breed was re-established in Britain and North America, and has been growing in popularity as a matchless field dog.

The Vizsla is a medium-sized, short-haired hunting dog of lean and muscular build. He is a natural hunter, endowed with a good nose and excellent tracking instincts. Standing about 24 inches tall at the withers and weighing anywhere around 50-pounds. A Vizsla coat is only acceptable in shades of golden rust. Red and Yellow colors are not accepted.

The Vizsla is a typical aristocratic, and does well in a family environment. His temperament is sound and gentle, good-natured to the core.

The Vizsla was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1984.

The Vizsla Breed Standard:

General Appearance:
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.

The Head:
The Head is lean and muscular.

The Skull is moderately wide between the ears with a median line down the forehead (muzzle).

Stop between skull and foreface in moderate, not deep.

The Foreface or muzzle is of equal length or slightly shorter than the skull when viewed in profile. The Foreface (muzzle) should taper gradually from stop to the tip of the nose.

The Muzzle is square and deep. It must not turn up as in a “dish” face nor should it turn down.

The Whiskers serve as a functional purpose; their removal is permitted but not preferred.

The Jaws are strong with well developed white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

The Lips cover the jaws completely but are neither loose nor pendulous.

The Nostrils are slightly open and the nose brown. Any other color is faulty. A totally black nose is a disqualification.

The Ears are thin, silky, and proportionately long, with rounded-leather ends set fairly low and hanging close to cheeks.

The Eyes are medium in size and depth of setting their surrounding tissue covering the whites. The 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 allows seeds and dust to irritate the eyes.

Neck and Body:
The neck is strong, smooth, and muscular. Moderately long, arched, and devoid of dewlap. Broadening nicely into the shoulders which are moderately laid back. This is mandatory to maintain balance with the moderately angulated hindquarters.

The body is strong and well proportioned. The back short.

Withers high and the topline slightly rounded over the loin to the set of the tail.

The Chest is moderately broad and deep reaching down to the elbows.

The Ribs well-sprung: underline exhibiting a slight tuck-up beneath the loin.

The tail set just below the level of the croup, thicker at the root and docked one-third off. Ideally, the tail should reach to the back of the stifle joint and be carried at or near the horizontal. An undocked tail is faulty.

Forequarters:
The Shoulder blades are proportionately long and wide sloping moderately back and fairly close at the top.

The Forelegs are straight and muscular with the elbows close.

The Feet, (cat-like) are round and compact with the toes close.

The Nails are brown in color and kept short.

The Pads of the feet are thick and tough.

*Dewclaws, if any, are to be removed on the front and rear of the feet. Hare feet are faulty.

Hindquarters:
The 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 a faulty as too little. This hocks are let down and parallel to each other.

Coat:
The coat is short, smooth, dense, and close-lying without a woolly undercoat. A distinctly long coat is a disqualification.

Color:
The Vizsla color is a solid golden rust with different shadings. Solid Dark Mahogany Red and Pale Yellow are faulty.

White colorization 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 dogs except for the Forechest is a disqualification.

When viewing the dog from the front, white markings on the Forechest must be confined to as 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 Noticeable area of black color in the coat is a serious fault.

Gait:
The gait of a Vizsla is far reaching, light footed, graceful, and smooth. When moving at a fast trot, a properly built dog will single track. Side-winding or Crabbing while moving is a fault.

Size:
The size of an ideal Male Vizsla is 22” to 24” inches at the highest point over the shoulder blades.
The size of an ideal Female Vizsla is 21” to 23” inches at the highest point over the shoulder blades.
The Vizsla is meant to be a medium-sized hunter. Any Vizsla measuring more than 1 ½” inches over or under these limits must be disqualified.

Disqualifications:
  • Completely Black colored Nose.
  • Solid White color extending above the toes or anywhere except for the Forechest.
  • A distinctly long coat.
  • Any Male over 25 ½” inches or under 20 ½” inches at the highest point over the shoulder blades.
  • Any Female over 24 ½” inches or under 19 ½” inches at the highest point over the shoulder blades.
Terminology

AFC – Abbreviation for Amateur Field Champion. The dog has obtained points required to be a field champion and handled by an amateur handler.

AKC – Abbreviation for American Kennel Club

Bitch – Female

Blinking – Dogs are aware of presence of game, and deliberately fail to indicate the birds.

CH – Abbreviation for Champion.

Conformation – An AKC approved event judging the dogs who must closely resemble breed standard. Dogs who win can become champions.

Dam – Mother

Derby Stake – Dogs 6 months to 2 years of age.

FC – Abbreviation for Field Champion. A dog has obtained points required to be a field champion and can be handled by a pro or amateur handler.

Field Trials – AKC Approved events. In field trials dogs are judged for the best in each category. There are four placements per stake. If a judge feels any dog did not do well enough, the judge can withhold all placements or some placements.

Flush – When a dog approaches too closely to birds, or nears them in such a manner as to cause the birds to take wing. * Flush can also be when the handler goes in and kicks the birds up and causes the birds to take wing.

Game – Upland Birds

Gunner – person firing bird

Honor – A dog must acknowledge another dog on point by pointing / standing the dog who is actually on a bird.

Hunt Test – AKC approved events. All dogs are judged against the standard set by AKC. Junior dogs must hunt and find a bird and stand on point. Senior dogs must hunt and find a bird, be steady to wing and shot, and retrieve to hand the bird shot by gunners, and honor another dogs point. Master dogs must do what senior dogs do without any commands. In all categories dogs pass or fail.

JH – Junior Hunter

MH – Master Hunter

Pointing – A dog standing still and indicating that he is near game.

Puppy Stake – Dogs 6 to 14 months of age.

Range – Ranging properly contemplates an intelligent covering of a course in guest of game.

SH – Senior Hunter

Sire – Father

Stake – Dogs competing in a certain class makes up a stake.

Staunchness – Describes the dog while on point of game, indicating that he is firm on point.

Steadiness – A dog should remain steady after birds have been flushed and the shot fired, until ordered to go on.

Stud – Male

Style – Describes a dog in action and on point, with reference to his movement afield.

VCA – Abbreviation for Vizsla Club of America

Whelp – Deliver

Whoa – Order given to the dog to stop.

Wing – When birds take flight.
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