BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: 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: 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.
- 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.
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT: 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.
HEAD: Dry, noble, well proportioned.
CRANIAL REGION: Skull: Moderately wide, slightly domed. A slightly pronounced groove runs from the moderately developed occiput towards the stop. The superciliary ridges are moderately developed. Stop: Moderate.
FACIAL REGION: Nose: 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: Blunt, not pointed; with strong jaws, strongly muscled. The bridge of the nose is straight, Lips: Tightly fitting, no pendulous flews.
Jaws/Teeth: 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: Strong, well muscled. Eyes: 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. Leathers: 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: Of medium length, harmonising with the overall appearance. The nape very muscular and slightly arched. Tightly fitting skin at the throat.
BODY: Withers: Pronounced and muscular. Back: Solid, strong, well muscled, taut and straight. The vertebral spines should be hidden by the muscles. Loin: Short, broad, tight, muscular, straight or slightly arched. The portion from back to loin is well coupled. Croup: Broad and of sufficient length, not cut off short. Sloping slightly to the tail. Well muscled. Chest: 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: Elegant, tight, arching line towards the rear, slightly tucked up.
TAIL: 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.
FOREQUARTERS: General appearance : Viewed from the front, straight and parallel. Viewed from the side, legs are vertical and placed well under the body. Good bones, strongly muscled. Shoulders: Long, sloping and flat, well attached shoulder blade. Flexible. Strong, dry musculature. Well angulated between shoulder blade and upper arm. Upper arm: As long as possible. Well muscled. Elbows: Fitting close to the body, however not tied in, turning neither in nor out. Well angulated between upper arm and forearm. Forearm: Long, straight, sufficiently muscled. Bone strong, but not coarse. Pastern joint: Strong, tight. Pastern: Short, only very slightly sloping. Forefeet: 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.
HINDQUARTERS: General appearance : Viewed from behind, straight and parallel. Well angulated. Strong bone. Upper thigh: Long and muscular. Good angulation between pelvis and upper thigh. Stifle: Well angulated Lower thigh: 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: Strong, dry and sinewy, rather well let down. Metatarsus: Vertical, short and dry. Hind feet: Similar to forefeet.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: 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.
SKIN: Tightly fitting, without folds. The skin is well pigmented.
HAIR: 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.
COLOUR: 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.
HEIGHT AT WITHERS: 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.