VIZSLA HUNGARIAN POINTER DOG

Developed by hunting Magyars, the Hungarian Vizsla has been bred pure with its golden rust coat since the X century. It is s hunting, collector, versatile and fast dog. Own. Ron and Patricia Folz.
The Vizsla is an intelligent, loyal and balanced dog; although it has a robust appearance, it denotes great elegance due to the color of its coat. A medium sized hunter with hard hair and golden rust color who likes the water a lot, and a very good collector. The head is clean and muscular, with moderate width between the ears. The stop is moderated, not deep; the muzzle narrows gradually, is square and deep, not turned up (like the Pointer). The nose is brown and a completely black nose is a serious flaw. The ears are thin, silky and large; the eyes medium sized and oval shaped, whose color is harmonious with the coat, never yellow or bulging. The neck is strong, straight, moderate in length, without dewlap, broadening towards the shoulders; the back is short; the upper outline slightly rounded towards the elbows; the tail is low inserted, thick at the base and docked to a third in countries where the law allows it; straight forelegs; well poised hocks. The typical solid golden rust colored coat (or sand fawn) can vary in intensity; small white spots admit at the chest and in the tip of the fingers; a large white spot at the chest disqualifies, as well as visibly black areas. The male Vizsla stands from 58 to 62 cm, the female 2.5 cm less. A specimen 4 cm above or below the standard is disqualified for the rink.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR  
           
For show, the Vizsla coat should be short and straight; however, the breed can have a hard, rough coat, like a brush, 2.5 to 3 cm in length. 
A gratifying and affectionate breed, the Vizsla bonds with every member of the family. Although it is a very athletic outdoors dog, it should be kept inside with the family, since it can’t stand being apart from its people. It isn’t prone to wandering, and keeps close to home.
 
Even during the hunt, it is know that the Vizsla doesn’t lose its master’s sight. Hunting or company specimens are exactly the same, and they shouldn’t be treated differently. Its instinct is notable, and displays plenty of hunting aptitude.
 
DEVELOPMENT             
The Vizsla is a sensitive dog that needs its owner’s attention. However, puppies should be delighted to meet you, and accept you soon. Although it is sensitive, it should never be fearful; gentle but not reserved. 
 
The Vizsla weighs 280 to 400 g at birth. The puppy grows quickly, reaching 4.5 to 6 kg after eight weeks. The eye color can still be blue after the seventh or eighth week. The eyes will change color gradually to end up in tune with the coat. When choosing a puppy, the future owner should consider the temperament. It is considered a sensitive breed, and puppies from exclusively hunting parents perhaps are not the most apt to be kept as companions. The buyer should seek a kind puppy, that wags the tail, licks your face, and always observe the parent’s character and structure. Yellow eyed puppies should be avoided, as well as those with a too light coat. The nose color in the adult should be brown, not black. The change adult coat takes place at the year, when shedding the lighter and softer puppy hair.
 
HEALTH
Socialization is vital for the young Vizsla to come out of its shell and become the lively Hungarian hunter it was born to be. The loyal Vizsla hunt better of it is kept as a member of the family. 
There are very few problems in the Vizsla breed. Hip dysplasia is not very common, and breeders are continuously working to continue to lower its incidence. Other noticeable problems can be entropion and ectropion, incorrect bite, chriptorchidism and monorchidism, as well as allergies. These are common problems in many breeds. Recent studies mention cases of hypothyroidism in the Vizsla. The coat care is minimal, and shedding is not very strong either. However, it needs plenty of exercise, and its hunting instincts are well conserved and skin deep. Early and continuous socialization is important. It is not a gentile and it proves it, dog to keep in a kennel, and requires a consistent, non aggressive approach when training.