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Description of Vizsla

´╗┐The Breed History

The Maygars who originally bred the ancestors of these dogs a millennium ago were a Central European people. They eventually colonized Hungary. The Vizsla first entered the history record formally in the 1200s, and the name in Hungarian means "pointer". It is thought that breeds such as the German Shorthaired Pointer, Pointer, Transylvanian Hound and perhaps others contributed to the bloodlines. During the World Wars, these dogs were almost rendered extinct. A few were exported out of the country and served to perpetuate the breed. They were brought to North America in the 50's and were admitted to the AKC in 1960.

Breeding for Function

Hunting dogs of exceptional speed, agility, good nose and stealth, they were bred for close work for bird and upland game hunting, and for waterfowl retrieving. They perform well in obedience trials and agility.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 21-23" (53-58.5 cm), male 22-24" (56-61 cm)

Weight: females 40-55 lb (18-25 kg), males 45-60 lb (20.5-27 kg).

Coat: Their distinctively colored russet gold (golden rust) short dense glossy coat is the only color of the breed, though a narrow spectrum of shades is acceptable. Only very limited small white marking of chest or toes is acceptable. In Europe, a longhaired variety exists, and this haircoat is similar to the German Wirehaired Pointer coat. The longhaired variety is also recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club.

Longevity: 12-14 years.

Points of Conformation: These lithe dogs are medium-sized and regal in their carriage, the chiseled skull is of moderate conformation (mesocephalic), with moderate stop, square muzzle, brown nose, and long pendulous silky ears with very fine leather. Eyes should blend with the coat, but not be yellow. Moderate length and arch define the neck, and the back is short, and only towards the hind end does it gently round. A deep chest and well-sprung ribs meld into a lightly tucked loin. The tail is often docked to one-third length and is carried horizontally. The legs are very straight, the feet are small and very compact and the toes are well arched. Dewclaws usually are removed if present. Gait is easy, long-strided, very animated and elastic, and they are nimble-footed. They will single track at a fast trot.

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