Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Hungarian Short-haired Pointing Dog

(Rövidszörü Magyar Vizsla)

Hungarian Vizsla


ORIGIN

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FCI
Hungary.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
06.04.2000.
KC
February 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
A versatile gun dog that must be able to work in the field, forest and water, having the following typical qualities an excellent nose, firmness on the point, excellent retrieves and determination to remain on the scent even when swimming, which he manifestly enjoys. He copes with difficult terrain as well as extreme weather conditions. Because of his easy going nature and his adaptability, he can easily be kept as a companion dog in the house.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 7Pointing Dogs
Section 1.1Continental Pointing Dogs, 'Braque' type
With working trial (Field and Water Trial)

KC
Gundog

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. H. Gross-Richardson and Mrs. Ann Mitchell, ANKC Australia and Mrs. Elke Peper

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The ancestors of the Hungarian Vizsla came into the Carpathian Basin with the nomadic Hungarian tribes. Written descriptions and graphic illustrations are found in documents of the 14th century already. From the 18th century, his importance as a hunting dog has been increasing steadily.
As early as the end of the 19th century, competitions for pointing dogs were organised in Hungary, in which Hungarian Vizslas (among others) participated with great success.
In those days, other Gundog breeds most likely played an important part in the development of the breed.
The specific modern breeding started in 1920, as a result of which, the Short-Haired Hungarian Vizsla received recognition by the FCI in 1936.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Medium sized, elegant gun dog of noble appearance with short russet gold coat. His rather light, dry, lean structure embodies the harmony of beauty and strength.
KC
Medium-sized, of distinguished appearance, robust and medium boned.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI

The body length slightly exceeds the height at the withers.
The depth of the brisket is slightly less than half the height at the withers.
The muzzle is slightly shorter than half the length of the head.
KC
Lively, intelligent, obedient, sensitive, very affectionate and easily trained. Bred for hunting fur and feather, pointing and retrieving from land and water.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Lively, friendly, evenly tempered, to be trained easily. His outstanding willingness to keep contact with his master while working is one of his essential qualities. He cannot bear rough treatment and must be neither aggressive nor shy.
KC
Lively, gentle-mannered and demonstratively affectionate, fearless and with well developed protective instinct.

HEAD

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FCI
Dry, noble, well proportioned.
KC
Head lean and noble. Skull moderately wide between ears with median line down forehead and a moderate stop. Skull a little longer than 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.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Moderately wide, slightly domed. A slightly pronounced groove runs from the moderately developed occiput towards the stop. The superciliary ridges are moderately developed.

Stop

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FCI
Moderate.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Well developed and broad with nostrils as wide as possible. The colour of the nose harmonises in a dark shading with the coat colour.

Muzzle

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FCI
Blunt, not pointed; with strong jaws, strongly muscled. The bridge of the nose is straight,
KC
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.

Lips

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FCI
Tightly fitting, no pendulous flews.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Powerful jaws with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws; with 42 healthy teeth according to the dentition formula.

Cheeks

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FCI
Strong, well muscled.

Eyes

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FCI
Slightly oval, of medium size. Well fitting eyelids. Intelligent and lively expression. The brown eye harmonising with the coat colour, as dark as possible preferred.
KC
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 undesirable.

Ears

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KC
Moderately low set, proportionately long with a thin skin and hanging down close to cheeks. Rounded ‘V’ shape; not fleshy.

Leathers

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FCI
Set on at medium height, a little backwards. Fine leathers hanging closely to the cheeks, ending in a rounded V shape. The length is about three quarters of the length of the head.

NECK

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FCI
Of medium length, harmonising with the overall appearance. The nape very muscular and slightly arched. Tightly fitting skin at the throat.
KC
Strong, smooth and muscular; moderately long, arched and devoid of dewlap.

BODY

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KC
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.

Withers

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FCI
Pronounced and muscular.

Back

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FCI
Solid, strong, well muscled, taut and straight. The vertebral spines should be hidden by the muscles.

Loin

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FCI
Short, broad, tight, muscular, straight or slightly arched. The portion from back to loin is well coupled.

Croup

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FCI
Broad and of sufficient length, not cut off short. Sloping slightly to the tail. Well muscled.

Chest

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FCI
Deep and broad with well developed, well muscled, moderately arched forechest; sternum extending as far back as possible. The sternum and the elbow should be at the same level. Ribs moderately arched. Last ribs carried well back.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Elegant, tight, arching line towards the rear, slightly tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Set on slightly low, strong at the base, then tapering. In countries where tail docking is not prohibited by law, the tail may be shortened by one quarter to avoid hunting hazards. If tail docking is prohibited, the tail reaches down to the hock joint and carried straight or slightly sabre like.
On the move, it is raised up to the horizontal. It is well covered by dense coat.
KC
Tail Previously customarily docked. Docked: Customarily docked by one third of length. Moderately thick, rather low set. When moving carried horizontally. Undocked: Rather low set. Moderately thick, slightly curved. Tapering towards the end, reaching to hocks. When moving carried horizontally.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Viewed from the front, straight and parallel. Viewed from the side, legs are vertical and placed well under the body. Good bones, strongly muscled.
KC
Shoulders well laid and muscular, elbows close to body and straight, forearm long, pasterns upright.

Shoulder

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FCI
Long, sloping and flat, well attached shoulder blade. Flexible. Strong, dry musculature. Well angulated between shoulder blade and upper arm.

Upper Arm

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FCI
As long as possible. Well muscled.

Elbow

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FCI
Fitting close to the body, however not tied in, turning neither in nor out. Well angulated between upper arm and forearm.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Long, straight, sufficiently muscled. Bone strong, but not coarse.

Pastern

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FCI
Pastern joint: Strong, tight.
Pastern: Short, only very slightly sloping.

FEET

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KC
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.

Forefeet

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FCI
Slightly oval, with well knit, sufficiently arched, strong toes. Strong brown nails. Tough, resistant, slate grey pads. The feet are parallel when standing or moving.

Hind feet

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FCI
Similar to forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Viewed from behind, straight and parallel. Well angulated. Strong bone.
KC
Straight when viewed from rear, thighs well developed with moderate angulation, hocks well let down.

Thigh

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FCI
Long and muscular. Good angulation between pelvis and upper thigh.

Stifle

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Well angulated

HIND LEGS

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Lower thigh

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FCI
Long, well muscled and sinewy. Its length is almost equal to that of the upper thigh. Good angulation between lower thigh and metatarsus.

Hock joint

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FCI
Strong, dry and sinewy, rather well let down.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Vertical, short and dry.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
The typical gait is an animated, light-footed trot, elegant and far reaching, with much drive and corresponding reach. Not exhausting gallop when working in the field. The back is firm and the topline remains level. Good, upright carriage. Pacing undesirable.
KC
Graceful, elegant with a lively trot and ground-covering gallop.

SKIN

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FCI
Tightly fitting, without folds. The skin is well pigmented.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short and dense, should be coarse and hard at the touch. On the head and the leathers, it should be thinner, silkier and shorter. The hair underneath the tail should be slightly, but not noticeably, longer. It should cover all of the body; the underside of the belly is a little lighter coated. No undercoat.
KC
Short, straight, dense, smooth and shiny, feeling greasy to the touch.

COLOUR

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FCI
Various shades of russet gold and dark sandy gold (semmelgelb). The leathers may be a little darker, otherwise uniform in colour. Red, brownish or lightened colour is undesirable. A little white patch on the chest or at the throat, not more than 5 cm in diameter, as well as white markings on the toes are not considered faulty. The colour of the lips and the eyerims corresponds to the colour of the nose.
KC
Russet gold, small white marks on chest and feet, though acceptable, undesirable.

SIZE

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KC
Height at withers: dogs: 57-64 cms (22 1/2 - 25 ins); bitches: 53-60 cms (21 - 23 1/2 ins). Weight: 20-30 kgs (44-66 lbs).

Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs 58 - 64 cm
Bitches 54 - 60 cm
It is ineffective to increase the height at the withers. A medium size should be aimed at. Overall balance and symmetry are much more important than the mere measurable size.

FAULTS

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FCI

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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
As he is intended to be an efficient hunting dog, gun and game shyness, unwillingness to point and retrieve, as well as a dislike of water are undesirable.
KC
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Any type of weakness in temperament.
Distinct deviations from the characteristics of the breed.
Strong deviation from the sexual characteristics.
Atypical head.
Spotted (butterfly) nose
Pendulous or dribbling flews.
Under- or overshot mouth. Wry mouth, including all intermediate forms.
One or more missing incisors and/or canine and/or premolars 2-4 and/or molars 1-2; more than two missing PM1; the M3 are disregarded. Not visible teeth are assessed as missing ones. Supernumerary teeth not in line with the o-others.
Cleft palate, harelip.
Light yellow eyes. Very loose eyelids; ectropion, entropion. Distichiasis (double row of eyelashes).
Pronounced dewlap.
Dewclaws.
Very faulty movement.
Atypical coat.
Dark brown or pale yellow colour. Parti-coloured, not uniformly coloured. White chest patch larger than 5 cm.
White feet.
Lacking pigmentation either on the skin or on the lips and eyerims.
Deviation of more than 2 cm from the above mentioned heights at withers.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.