The head of the Wirehaired Vizsla is lean and noble. The skull is moderately wide between ears with median line down forehead and a moderate stop. The skull is a little longer than muzzle. Muzzle although tapering, is well squared at the end. The nostrils are well developed, broad and wide. Jaws strong and powerful. Lips covering jaws completely and neither loose nor pendulous. The color of the nose is brown. Eyes are Neither deep nor prominent, of medium size, a shade darker in color than coat. Slightly oval in shape, eyelids fitting tightly. Yellow or black eye undesirable. Ears are moderately low set, proportionately long with a thin skin and hanging down close to cheeks. Rounded "V" shape, not fleshy. The Mouth is 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. The neck is strong, smooth and muscular, moderately long, arched and devoid of dewlap. The shoulders are well laid and muscular, elbows close to body and straight, forearm long, pasterns upright. The back level is 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 are straight when viewed from rear, thighs well developed with moderate angulation, hocks well let down. The feet are round with toes short, arched and tight. Cat-like foot is required, hare foot undesirable. Nails short, strong and a shade darker in color than coat, dewclaws should be removed. The Gait/Movement is graceful, elegant with a lively trot and ground covering gallop. The tail is moderately thick, rather low set, customarily one third docked. When moving carried horizontally. Hair on head short and harsh, longer on muzzle, forming beard. Pronounced eyebrows. Longer and finer on ears. Longer over body, fitting closely to neck and trunk. Short harsh hair fitting closely and smoothly to fore-limbs. Coat color is russet gold. Small white marks on chest and feet should not be penalised.
The Hungarian Vizsla (pronounced VEEZH-la) is a hunting dog breed that has its origins in Hungary. Vizslas are excellent hunting dogs that are considered to be, along with the German Shorthaired Pointer, among the best and most well rounded hunting breeds. They are natural hunters with an excellent ability to take training. Not only are they capable pointers, but they are outstanding retrievers as well and Vizslas are excellent swimmers a fact that allows them to work in every type of hunt. It is a fast agile animal that has strong muscles (but a slight build) and an incredible speed and stamina that
makes it an efficient hunter on almost any type of terrain. There are two existing theories pertaining to the Vizsla's history. The first theory traces the Vizsla back to very early times in Hungarian history and purports that the ancestors of today's Vizsla were the hunting dogs used by the Magyar tribes living in the in the 8th Century. Primitive stone etchings can be seen in the Carpathian Basin that seem to validate this theory. The other theory is that this breed is only a recent creation (19th Century) having its roots in other modern hunting dog breeds. Its coat is normally one of two types: smooth or wire-haired. With its coat being a solid golden rust color. Usually one third of the tail is cut off from its size at birth during the first week of life. The male Vizslas normally weigh from 25 to 29 kg. and stand 55 to 60 cm. tall at the shoulder with the females being slightly less
The Vizsla is an intelligent, dual purpose gundog, which gets on well with children, and enjoys being outdoors. They are ideally suited to the active country dwelling family, but may thrive just as happily in more urban areas, as long as owners are able to provide them with the exercise and mental stimulation such bright dogs need. They do have an inbuilt desire to protect their family with whom they are very affectionate and loyal. They should be socialised from an early age. In general the Vizsla likes to stay with the family and will not wander off too far. They do not thrive in a kennel situation. They will happily be both family and working dogs in one.
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