Breeding

There is one more issue I'd like to ad because the "developements" of the last years. THE TAIL set and carriage. Lately more and more Vizslas have to highset and highcarried tails. This is a disqualifying fault in Vizsla, but these dogs get the CAC, CACIB and Championtitles all around the world. This high tail is very untypical to the Hungarian Vizsla breed. Accordind to the standard the tailsetting of a Vizsla is low and the tail should never be carried over the line of the back. Yet those dogs have tails like a Foxterrier especially when they move. Some says it is because the tail is not docked. That is a totally wrong statement. If the tailsetting is to high the tail cannot be held properly low as it is typical for the breed, no matter how long the tail is. To high tailsetting is a genetic fault and it is very dominantly inheritable.

 

Breeding – simple or complicated?

 

What could be easier than to breed? Let two dogs mate and after 60-63 days you have a litter, after 8-10 weeks you have sold the puppies and everybody is happy.

Is that really so?

First of all you must remember: you have a huge responsibility to those who buy your puppies. For 12-14 years.

Why? Because you are the cause that those puppies were born and you sold them .

To have clear conscience you must do everything in your power to ensure you did your best when you bred those puppies.

If you don’t do that, you are not a responsible breeder, just a dog-producer merchant, and you loose respect among others.

To like your own dog and fulfill the few rules there are set to allow dogs to be bred is far from enough. Officially you might have fulfilled the demands of your kennelclub, you get the pedigrees for the puppies, but have you really made your puppy-buyers happy even when their dog grows up? It is not so funny when disappointed and angry puppy-buyers feeling cheated contact you and demand of you to take your responsibility, refund money, take back the dog, or whatever they might want of you as the breeder of their faulty dog. And there are more issues: some of those untypical dogs can go further in breeding, and spread the bad genes. Are you then able to claim head high and proud that you contributed to your breed?

To breed one must have large knowledge about the breed. Not only should one know the standard and the special qualities of that breed, one must also know the bloodlines, the ancestors of the dogs one want to breed. If one does not know all that, one should ask for help from someone who has long experience and has shown with his/her dogs that he/she breeds good dogs and really knows the breed.

When you mate two dogs you mate their mother, father, grandparents, the whole lot behind those dogs. Most of the good qualities and the faults come back in the second generation. That’s why it is so important to know the dogs behind those who you want to breed. It is far from enough that you like your dog, or that she/he won some titles, trials, or has free hips. Two seemingly good dogs can have unacceptable offsprings.

It would affect those who buy the puppies. It is the new owner who will be sad and disappointed, or have to spend lots of money for vet or even put down that dog.

People usually brag about show-results. Vizslas are often very few in a show (easy to win) and the judge has no idea how a Vizsla should look or behave. Fancy titles are worthless. But people admire it and advertise their dogs or the puppies as of very exceptional quality just because one or both parents have show-titles. Many breed with dogs who have titles, no matter how that dog looks like or behaves. Do not care about the titles, look at the dog and his ancestors, pedigree and learn to know him/her before you think he/she is worth breeding.

Hungarian Vizsla  – like every other breed – have special qualities that make them Hungarian Vizslas. If one does not know those specialties, one can just as well breed mixed dogs, they will be as lovely and good.

There are some qualities of Shorthaired Hungarian Vizslas one must know of and recognize.

First of all a true Vizsla should have the standard looks, the typical Vizsla temperament and have the typical hunting abilities. Only if all these three qualities are together in a dog is it a Hungarian Vizsla.

The looks:

The colour is the first one sees.

The Hungarian standard says about the colour that it is “zsemlesárga”, that means French-roll yellow. I want to point this out specifically, because more and more brown or red dogs – called Hungarian Vizsla - appear in the market. Unfortunately the English translation of the standard is faulty about the colour. It says the colour of the Vizsla is “russet gold” which is not a correct translation of the Hungarian expression.

The coat is always short, smooth.

Then the hind angles:

The angles of the hind legs are moderate, medium, not extreme, like the other gundogs’, a fact that nowadays sadly many judges don’t know about or ignore.

The head and expression of a Hungarian Vizsla is also very significant:

They have a very special noble head with exceptionally intelligent, human eyes, looking mildly and kindly. They talk with their eyes, it is so different to other breeds. The lines of the head are mildly rounded everywhere, no harshness, hardness, hard angles, nothing like this:

The muzzle should never be pointed.

The Vizsla should be an elegant but strong dog. Now what does that mean? It should not be strong as a Rottweiler, and nor should it be so fineboned as a Whippet or Greyhound. Very wellbalanced body, straight horisontal line of the back, tail low set and never carried over the line of the back, round feet. Even here every line is mildly rounded, no hard lines or hard angles.

I’ll illustrate good and bad Vizslas with pictures and comments, hoping that will make it understandable.

 

Is it the same breed at all????

 

Remember: all these dogs have great show results and titles

 

The dogs are deliberately anonymous because the important is not their name nor where they come from, only to compare the pictures to the standard.

Typical, good male

 

This is a beautiful Hungarian Vizsla male, strength harmonizes with elegance, streight, horisontal backline, good angles, good breast, noble head and expression, good (low) tailset and carriage, beautiful (french roll yellow) colour.

 

Typical, good female

 

Beautiful female with horizontal, straight back, for the breed typically noble head and expression, good angles, beautiful colour.

 

 

 

Untypical, bad male

 

For start: the colour of this male is alone disqualifying: mahogny red. The head is to heavy, the backline is not straight and horizontal, hindleg angles are terrible, extream, the tail is to high set and carried.

 

 

Untypical, bad female

 

This is a good example for a totally faulty type of female. Mahogny red colour, unproportioned head with sharp, edgy lines, to small muzzle, totally for the breed untypical expression, to little angles front, to high body, the tail is catastrophally highly set and carried.

 

Some pictures of good and faulty heads and expressions

Nice male heads, expressions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bad male heads, expressions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice female heads

 

Bad female heads

I honestly hope everybody will feel sad and apalled by the pictures of the faulty dogs registered as Hungarian Vizsla.