The Vizsla Standard as Defined by The American Kennel
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
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
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 25½ inches, or under 20½ inches and any female over 24½ inches
or under 19½ inches at the highest point over the shoulder blades.
Approved December 11, 1995
Effective January 31, 1996
Nouli hasn't missed a beat -
He can still jump!!
Lexi likes the pudding...
I don't know WHERE Gunnar
could have learned this skill?