correct translation from the original FCI Hungarian Vizsla standard
Standard N° 57 / 13.09.2000 / GB
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 06.04.2000
UTILISATION: A versatile gun dog that must be able to work in the field,
forest and water, having the following typical qualities: an excellent
nose, firmness on the point, excellent retrieves and determination to
remain on the scent even when swimming, which he manifestly enjoys. He
copes with difficult terrain as well as extreme weather conditions. As
he is intended to be an efficient hunting dog, gun and game shyness,
unwillingness to point and retrieve, as well as a dislike of water are
undesirable. Because of his easy going nature and his adaptability, he
can easily be kept as a companion dog in the house.
CLASSIFICATION: Group 7 Pointing Dogs.
Section 1 Continental Pointing Dogs.
With working trial (Field and Water Trial)
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
ShortHaired Hungarian Vizsla received recognition by the FCI in 1936.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Medium sized, elegant gun dog of noble appearance
with short french roll yellow 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 muzzle is slightly shorter than half the length of the head.
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT : Lively, friendly, evenly tempered, easy to
train. 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.
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.
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 colour of the eye harmonises witht he colour
of the coat, darkbrown eyes are 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. The area around the throat is dry.
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. The portion from back to
loin is tight and compact.
Croup : Broad and of sufficient length, not cut off short. Sloping
slightly to the tail. Well muscled.
Chest : Moderately 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 reaching well downwards.
Underline : Elegant, tight, arching line towards the rear, slightly
TAIL : Set on slightly low, moderatly broad 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 almost to the
horizontal. It is well covered by dense coat.
FOREQUARTERS : Viewed from the front, straight and parallel. Viewed from
the side, legs are vertical and placed well under the body. Good bones,
Shoulders : Long, sloping and flat, well attached shoulder blade.
Flexible during movement. Strong, dry musculature. Well angulated
between shoulder blade and upper arm.
Upper arm : Preferably long. 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
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 : Viewed from behind, straight and parallel. Well
angulated. Strong bone.
Upper thigh : Long and muscular. Good angulation between pelvis and
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
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, lightfooted trot,
elegant and far reaching, with much drive and corresponding reach.
Persistent 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 : French roll yellow and its different shades. 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.
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a
fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should
be in exact proportions to its degree.
Distinct deviations from the characteristics of the breed.
Strong deviation from the sexual characteristics.
Pendulous or dribbling flews.
Under or overshot mouth. Wry mouth, including all intermediate
One or more missing incisors and/or canine and/or premolars 24
and/or molars 12 ; more than two missing PM1 ; the M3 are disregarded.
Not visible teeth are assessed as missing ones. Supernumerary teeth not
in line with the others.
Cleft palate, harelip.
Light yellow eyes. Very loose eyelids; ectropion, entropion.
Distichiasis (double row of eyelashes).
Dewclaws on hind legs.
Very faulty movement.
Dark brown or pale yellow colour. Particoloured, not uniformly
coloured. White chest patch larger than 5 cm.
Lacking pigmentation either on the skin or on the lips and eyerims.
Any type of weakness in temperament.
Deviation of more than 2 cm from the above mentioned heights at
NB: Male animals must have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.