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Hungarian Wire-haired Pointing Dog

(Drötzörü Magyar Vizsla)

Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla


ORIGIN

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FCI
Hungary.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
06.04.2000.
KC
January 2012

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
UKC
Gun Dog

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 Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla was created by cross-breeding the Hungarian Short-Haired Vizsla with the German Wire-Haired Pointer during the 1930‘s. His breed characteristics are identical with those of the Hungarian Short-Haired Vizsla.
UKC
The Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla (Wirehaired Vizsla) was created by cross-breeding the Hungarian Short-Haired Vizsla with the German Wire-Haired Pointer during the 1930’s. The Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
A lively, russet gold hunting dog of dry and lean but more robust construction compared to the Hungarian Short-Haired Vizsla. His appearance embodies his qualities as a multi-purpose pointing dog, endurance, working ability and an easily satisfied nature.
KC
Medium sized, wire coated, distinguished appearance, with a more robust build and a stronger bone stucture than the shorthaired Vizsla.
UKC
The Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla is a medium-sized, wire-coated hunting dog, with a distinguished appearance and bearing. They have a lean build and are very robust. The coat is an attractive russet gold. This is a dog of power and drive in the field, yet is a tractable and affectionate companion in the home. Field-conditioned coats, as well as a brawny or sinewy muscular condition, and honorable scars, indicating a working hunting dog, are never to be penalized. The qualities that make a “dual dog” are always to be appreciated, not depreciated.

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
Loyal, intelligent, obedient, sensitive, very affectionate and with patience, easily trained. Bred for hunting fur and feather, pointing and retrieving from land and water.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
An affectionate and intelligent dog, selfconfident, easily trained, which cannot bear rough treatment. He keeps contact with his handler, is passionate in his quest, is stubborn, has a good nose and is staunch on the point.
KC
Lively, gentle mannered and demonstrably affectionate.
UKC
The Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla is a versatile, natural hunter endowed with an excellent nose and an above average trainability. Although they are lively, gentle mannered, demonstrably affectionate and sensitive, they are also fearless and possessed of a well-developed protective instinct. The breed has a firmness on point, is an excellent retriever, and has the determination to remain on the scent even when swimming. The overall appearance embodies the qualities of a multi-purpose pointing dog, endurance, working ability and an easily satisfied nature. Body length slightly exceeds the height, measured at the withers. The skin is tightly-fitting, well-pigmented.

HEAD

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KC
Lively and intelligent expression. Skull moderately broad and slightly rounded, well proportioned and a little longer than muzzle, with moderate stop. Lips covering jaws completely and neither loose nor pendulous. Bridge of nose is straight and ends in a broad nose. The colour of the nose is harmonious with the coat colour. Coat covering the head gives the head a somewhat square striking appearance.

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.
UKC
Moderately wide, slightly domed. A slightly pronounced groove runs from the moderately developed occiput toward the stop. The supercilliary ridges are moderately developed. The stop is moderate. Strong, well-muscled cheeks.

Stop

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FCI
Moderate.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Broad and well developed with nostrils as wide as possible. The colour of the nose harmonises in a dark shading with the coat colour.
UKC
Broad, and well-developed, with nostrils as wide as possible. Nose pigment color is slightly darker than the coat color.

Muzzle

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FCI
Blunt, not pointed, with powerful 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.
UKC
Blunt, not pointed. Strongly muscled, powerful jaws. Slightly shorter than half the length of the head. The lips are tight-fitting, and the flews are clean. The bridge of the nose is straight.

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 scissors bite, the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws; with 42 healthy teeth according to the dentition formula.
UKC
The Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla has a full complement (42) of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

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 colour harmonising with the coat colour, as dark as possible preferred.
KC
Neither deep nor prominent, of medium size, and slightly oval in shape. Eyelids fitting tightly. Colour of eyes harmonises with coat colour, slightly darker shade desired. Yellow or black eye undesirable.
UKC
Slightly oval. Medium size. Well-fitting eyelids. Intelligent, lively expression. The brown eye color harmonizes with the coat color; as dark as possible preferred.

Ears

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KC
The ears are of medium set, proportionately long with a thin skin and hanging down close to cheeks. Rounded ‘V’ shape, not fleshy.
UKC
Set on at medium height, hanging closely to the cheeks, ending in a rounded V-shape. Slightly shorter than the (short-haired) Vizsla’s.

Leathers

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FCI
Set on at medium height, a little backwards, hanging closely to the cheeks, ending in a rounded V shape. Slightly shorter than those of the Hungarian Short-Haired Vizsla.

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
Well muscled and of moderate length, slightly arched and devoid of dewlap.
UKC
Of medium length. In proportion with overall appearance. Muscular, slightly arched nape. Tightly-fitting skin at the throat.

BODY

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KC
Strong and well proportioned, slightly longer in body measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock than in height from withers to ground. Level back, slightly sloping croup rounded off towards tail set. Chest strongly developed, deep and reaching, at least, to elbows. Ribs moderately well sprung and carried well back.
UKC
Pronounced, muscular withers. Solid, well-muscled, taught, straight back. The short, broad, tight, muscular loin is straight or slightly arched. The broad, well-muscled croup is of sufficient length and slopes slightly to the tail. The chest is deep, broad, well-developed and well-muscled. The forechest is moderately arched. The sternum extends as well back as possible. The sternum and the elbows are at the same level. The depth of the brisket (breastbone) is slightly less than half the height at the withers. The ribs are carried well back, with the last ribs moderately arched. The elegant, tight, slightly tucked up underline arches toward the rear.

Withers

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FCI
Pronounced and muscular.

Back

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FCI
Solid, 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 loin is well attached.

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 and moderately arched forechest, sternum extending as well back as possible. The sternum and the elbows should be at the same level. Last ribs moderately arched. Ribs carried well back.

Underline and belly

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

TAIL

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FCI
Set on at medium height, 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 the tail docking is prohibited, the tail reaches down to the hock joint and is carried straight or slightly sabre like. On the move, it is raised up to the horizontal. The tail is well furnished with dense coat.
KC
Previously customarily docked. Docked: Customarily docked by one third of length. Moderately thick, and tapering towards the end. Slightly low set. When moving carried horizontally. Undocked: Slightly low set. Moderately thick, slightly curved. Tapering towards the end, reaching to hocks. When moving, carried horizontally.
UKC
Well-furnished with a dense coat. The tail is set on at medium height. It is strong at the base, then tapering. In countries where tail docking is not prohibited by law, the tail may be shortened by one-quarter. An undocked tail reaches down to the hock joint and is carried straight or slightly saber-like. On the move, the tail is raised up to the horizontal.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Viewed from the front, straight and parallel. Viewed from the side, legs vertical and placed well under the body. Good bone, well muscled.
KC
Shoulders well laid and muscular, elbows close to body and forelegs straight. Forearm long, pasterns slightly sloping.
UKC
Legs are straight and parallel when viewed from the front, with strong, but never coarse, bone and good muscling. Viewed from the side, they are placed well under the body. Length of leg from elbow to ground is slightly greater than one-half the height at the withers. Elbows are close to the body, but not tied in nor turning in or out. There is good angulation between upper arm and forearm. Pasterns are short and slightly sloping. Pastern joint is dry and sinewy. Shoulder blades are long, sloping, flat and well-attached. Elastic when moving with strong, dry muscles. Well-angulated between shoulder blade and upper arm.

Shoulder

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FCI
Long, sloping and flat, well attached shoulder blade. Elastic when moving. Strong, dry muscles. 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
Close to the body, however not tied in, turning neither in nor out. Well angulated between upper arm and forearm.

Forearm

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

Pastern

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FCI
Pastern joint: Dry, sinewy.
Pastern: Short. Only very slightly sloping.

FEET

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KC
Slightly oval with toes short, arched and tight. Nails short, strong and a shade darker than coat.
UKC
Slightly oval, with well-knit, sufficiently arched, strong toes. Strong, brown nails. Tough, resistant, slate gray pads. Parallel when standing or moving.

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. Good angulations. Strong bone.
KC
Straight when viewed from rear, thighs well developed with moderate angulation, hocks well let down.
UKC
Straight and parallel when viewed from behind. Good angulation, strong bone. Good angulation between pelvis and upper thigh. Long, muscular upper thigh. Well-angulated stifle. Long, muscular, sinewy lower thigh. Length almost equal to that of upper thigh. Good angulation between lower thigh and rear pastern. Vertical, short, strong rear pastern. Strong, dry, sinewy, rather well-let-down hock joint.

Thigh

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

Stifle

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FCI
Well angulated.

Lower thigh

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FCI
Long, muscular 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 strong.

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. Pacing is undesirable.
KC
Animated, flowing and ground covering, with a strong reardriving action.
UKC
Typical gait is an animated, light-footed trot, elegant and far-reaching, with drive and corresponding reach. When working in the field the gallop is efficient; not exhausting. The back is firm and topline remains Level.

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

Wiry, close lying, strong, dense and not glossy. Length of outer coat 2-3 cm; dense, water repellent undercoat. The outline of the body must not be hidden by the longer coat.
By its hardness and density, it should provide as much protection as possible against weather conditions and injuries. The lower parts of the legs as well as the undersides of chest and belly should be covered with shorter, softer and slightly thinner hair; the coat on the head and on the leathers is shorter and, at the same time, a little darker, however, not soft and dense.
Pronounced eyebrows accentuate the stop. These and a strong, not too long (2-3 cm), as harsh as possible beard, on both sides of the muzzle, underline the determined expression. On both sides of the neck the coat forms V-shaped brushes.
KC
The wire coat on the neck and body is harsh and close fitting, up to 4cms (1 1/2 ins) long, with an undercoat, which is normally heavier in winter. The hair on muzzle is short and coarse, the hair forming a small beard on the chin. The skull is covered by short, dry hair. Hair on the ears is short and fine. The eyebrows are dense. The coat is shorter on the lower part of the legs, chest and belly. Longer hair is permitted on the rear of the legs. On the feet and between the toes the hair is softer and shorter. Coat on the tail is dense and stronger.
UKC
Wiry, close-lying, strong, dense, providing as much protection as possible against weather conditions and injuries. Not glossy. Three-quarters of an inch to 1¼ inches (2 to 3 cm.) in length. There is a dense, water-repellent undercoat. The outline of the body is not to be hidden by the longer coat. The lower parts of the legs and the undersides of the chest and belly are covered with shorter, softer, slightly thinner hair. The hair on the head and ears is shorter and a little darker; however, it is not soft and dense. Pronounced eyebrows accentuate the stop. These, along with a strong, harsh beard, ¾ of an inch to 1¼ inch-beard on both sides of the muzzle reinforce the determined expression. The coat forms V-shaped brushes on both sides of the neck.

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, light yellow or lightened colour shadings are 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 of the eyerims corresponds to the colour of the nose.
KC
Golden sand to russet. Small white marks on chest and feet should not be penalised. Dark brown or pale yellow undesirable.
UKC
Various shades of russet gold and dark sandy gold. The body is uniform in color but the ears may be a little darker. A small white patch on the chest no more than 2 inches (5 cm.) in diameter, as well as white markings on the toes are acceptable. Lip and eye rim pigment corresponds to the color of the nose.

SIZE

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KC
Dogs 58cm to 62cm (23 - 24 1/2 ins); Bitches 54cm to 58cm (21 1/2 ins - 23 ins).Variance of less than 3 cms is permitted as long as the dog remains in proportion.
UKC
Dogs: 22¾ to 25¼ inches (58 to 64 cm.) Bitches: 21¼ to 23¾ inches (54 to 60 cm.) Overall balance and symmetry are not to be compromised for size.

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.
UKC

Any departure from the ideal should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with this it is to be regarded is to be in exact proportion to its degree.
Characteristics: Shyness. Nervousness. Timidity.
Color: Red, brownish, light yellow or lightened color shadings.
Gait: Pacing.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • 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 others.
  • Cleft palate, harelip.
  • Light yellow eyes. Very loose eyelids; ectropion, entropion. Distichiasis (double row of eyelashes).
  • Pronounced dewlap.
  • Dewclaws
  • Very faulty movement.
  • Thin coat, lacking undercoat. Long, soft, silky, shaggy, crinkle or woolly coat. Lacking brushes on the legs.
  • Dark brown or pale yellow colour. Particoloured, not uniformly coloured. White chest patch larger than 5 cm.
  • White feet.
  • Lacking pigmentation either on the skin or on the lips and eyerims.
  • Any type of weakness in temperament.
  • Deviation of more than 2 cm from the above mentioned heights at withers.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

(An Eliminating Fault is a Fault serious enough that it eliminates the dog from obtaining any awards in a conformation event.) Undershot or overshot bites. Wry mouth. One or more missing incisors and/or canine and/or premolars 2-4 and/or molars 1-2. More than two missing PM1. Non-visible teeth are assessed as missing. Distichiasis (double row of eyelashes). Dark brown or pale yellow coat color. Parti-colored. White chest patch larger than 2 inches (5 cm.) in diameter. White feet. Thin coat, lacking undercoat. Long, soft, silky, shaggy, crinkle or woolly coat. Lacking brushes on the legs. Deviation of more than ¾ of an inch from the listed acceptable height ranges.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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