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Hungarian short-haired vizsla


FCI Classification: Group VII Pointing Dogs

Section 1 Continental Pointing Dogs

Country of origin: Hungary

Weight: 20-30 kg

Height: Males 58-64 cm / Females 54-60 cm

Lifetime: 12-15 years

Litter size: 6-8 puppies


Hungarian short-haired vizsla







































The Vizsla name is derived from the Hungarian word, meaning "alert" and "obedient." This name perfectly describes the lean, muscular and solid color dog. Supposedly, the Magyar tribes more than a thousand years ago nurtured this breed in Hungarian steppes. Vizslas became the most predominant in Hungary over the period of Turkish control (1526–1696). They were also popular among the medieval nobles and military leaders who controlled the owners and dog development, thus ensuring the purity of the breed. After World War II, the Russians occupied Hungary and Vizslas were disposed of as a symbol of aristocracy. However, the Hungarians saved several dogs and started breeding this breed again not only locally, also by carrying them to other countries and overseas.

Vizsla is a true pointer who has other talents as well. This dog is able to hunt in marshy areas, is a good swimmer and retriever. Furthermore, Vizsla is perfectly tracking down the land animals. It is especially good at hunting rabbits and hinds.

Vizslas, which became a popular breed worldwide, are friendly and affectionate. At the same time they retain passion for hunting. If these dogs are properly trained, they will prove being the excellent pets and friends, especially suitable for the people enjoying an active outdoor recreation.    


  General appearance

Vizsla is a hunting dog, medium-sized, short-haired, sturdy, but quite elegantly built. Uniform solid golden color is Vizsla’s distinctive feature. Posture is athletic and aristocratic.


This natural hunter has a good scent and ability to be trained is above the average. Vizsla is agile and enjoyable, demonstratively affectionate and sensitive, although is also fearless and possessed of a well-developed protective instinct.


Pace is far-reaching, light, powerful and fluent.


Short, smooth, dense and close-lying, without undercoat.


Color in various shadings of gold and rust. White spot on the chest and toe is allowable, but preferably as little as possible (up to 5 cm).

     Head and skull

The head is lean and muscular. The skull is moderately wide between the ears, the median line is running down across the forehead. The nose is brown.

    Muzzle and jaw

The muzzle is the same length as the skull or slightly shorter. Teeth are strong and white. Jaws are strong, a scissor bite.

   Eyes and ears

Eyes of medium size, white of the eyes are covered. The color of corneal should match the coat. The ears are thin, soft and proportionally long with rounded ends, set on rather lowly and pendent close to the cheeks.  


Strong, smooth and muscular, moderately long, arched without dewlap.

    Body and top line 

The body is strong, the back is short. The spine is going slightly downward toward the base of the tail. The chest is moderately broad and long, reaching the elbows. Belly line rises slightly.


Thighs of the hind legs are well developed, balls are moderately angular.


The tail is set up below the sacrum, thicker at the base. It is held in horizontal or nearly horizontal position. Uncropped tail is lightly arched, tapering and reaching the hocks.


They are rounded and compact, very similar to a cat’s paws. Toes are tight. Nails are brown and short. 

 Source: Janice Gardner "Šunų veislių standartai"

FCI-Standard N° 57 / 13.09.2000 can be found here.