Hungarian Vizsla

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The Full Hungarian Vizsla Description

Vizslas have energy galore. Their owners will have fun keeping them busy. Vizslas are fun to train because they are eager to prove how much they love their owners. They are smart and learn quickly. They are also sensitive, so gentle corrections go a long way.

Did you know?

The Vizsla is also called a Hungarian Pointer.
At the end of World War I, the Vizsla was all but extinct.

So you want to own a Vizsla?

Vizslas are small enough to be good dogs for a city apartment, but remember like other sporting dogs they require daily exercise.
Vizsla's are sensitive dogs, devoted to those who treat them kindly and give them attention. The Vizsla is not very discriminating to who he shows affection, he loves everyone.

Indicative Breed Standard


General Appearance

Medium-sized, of distinguished appearance, robust and medium boned.


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


Lively, gentle-mannered and demonstratively affectionate, fearless and with well developed protective instinct.

Head and Skull

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.


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.


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


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.


Strong, smooth and muscular; moderately long, arched and devoid of dewlap. Shoulders well laid and muscular, elbows close to body and straight, forearm long, pasterns upright.


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.


Straight when viewed from rear, thighs well developed with moderate angulation, hocks well let down.


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, dewclaws should be removed.


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.


Graceful, elegant with a lively trot and ground-covering gallop.


Short, straight, dense, smooth and shiny, feeling greasy to the touch.


Russet gold, small white marks on chest and feet, though acceptable, undesirable.


Height at withers: dogs: 57-64 cms (221/2-25 ins); bitches: 53-60 cms (21-2311/2 ins). Weight: 20-30 kgs (44-66 lbs).

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