Head

Lean and muscular.

Forequarters

 Shoulder blades proportionately long and wide sloping moderately back and fairly close at the top. Upper arm is about equal in length to the shoulder blade in order to allow for good extension. Forelegs straight and muscular with elbows close. Feet cat-like, round and compact with toes close.

Body

strong and well proportioned. Withers high.

Ears

thin, silky and proportionately long, with rounded-leather ends, set fairly low and hanging close to cheeks.

Neck

strong, smooth and muscular, moderately long, arched and devoid of dewlap, broadening nicely into shoulders which are moderately laid back.

Tail

set just below the level of the croup, thicker at the root and docked one-third off. Ideally, it should reach to the back of the stifle joint and when moving it should be carried at or near the horizontal

Backline

firm with a slight rise over a short and well muscled loin. The croup is gently rounded to the set on of the tail and is not steep, sunken or flat.

The History of Vizslas

The Magyar people bolted from the Russian steppes sometime in the mid-800s and for 50 years ravaged Western Europe. These brutal marauders rampaged across the continent on horseback, leaving in their wake a wide swath of death, destruction, and t. They ranged as far west as Paris and as far south as the toe of Italy, before settling in what is now Hungary.

The supremacy of Magyar cavalry was predicated on three qualities: speed, agility, and toughness. Accordingly, Magyar warriors carefully bred these qualities into their horses—and their dogs. In this lightning-fast kingdom on horseback, it was either keep up or perish. The Magyars’ nimble red dogs, ancestors of the modern Vizsla, kept up.

Over centuries, Hungarian nobles and warlords refined these dogs and set the type of the modern Vizsla. The breed became famous as a swift, all-purpose hunting dog who could do just about anything asked. In modern times, that eagerness has won Vizslas generations of American fans.

The first Vizsla to come to America, in 1950, was smuggled out of Communist Hungary with the help of a U.S. State Department employee. 

Fun Facts

At the end of WWI, the Vizsla was all but extinct.

The Vizsla is also called Hungarian Pointer and known as a Velcro-dog. 

Vizslas are exceptionally clean and do not have a "wet dog" smell.

The importation of the breed in the United States began in the 1950's.

Vizslas are extremely sensitive. They are gentle souls and require patience and consistent training. Vizslas can get their feelings hurt very easily.

Vizslas have webbed feet, which allow them to channel through the water lighting fast.

Vizslas are one of the fastest dogs in the world, with speeds up to 45 mph.

The Vizsla is a multi-purpose dog that is suitable for work on upland game, on rabbits, and for waterfowl retrieval.

AKC’s First Quintuple Champion Was a Vizsla named "Chartay".  She was the first pup to successfully be named AKC Quintuple Champion. She won a total of five different championships during her career, affording her the long-but-suitable name TC/AFC/MACH Legacy’s DeChartay, UDX(5), MH, HOF.

Vizslas are born with blue eyes.