Showsight Presents the Vizsla

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standard for any dogs measuring less than 1 ½ inches under or more than 1 ½ inches over the ideal size. If in doubt, do not hesitate to measure—a good Vizsla temperament will not be disturbed by applying the wicket. In keeping with its function of a mul- tipurpose gun dog, the Vizsla’s gait is far reaching, light footed, graceful and smooth. Th e movement should be appro- priate to the moderate angulation and size of this breed. Th e Vizsla should have balanced reach and drive with no wasted or excessive motion. It is important that the dog cover plenty of ground while maintaining a steady topline. Restricted movement, a reflection of less than mod- erate angulation, is detrimental both to form and function and excessive move- ment is a misuse of energy. One of the most unique features of the Vizsla is its self-coloring—golden rust from head to toe with matching eye color. Th e dogs will often have lighter shadings on the sides of the neck and shoulders, with a darker saddle on the back. Solid dark mahogany as well as pale yellow are faulty. A black nose is a disqualification and black anywhere else is a serious fault. Solid white extend- ing above the toes or white anywhere except the forechest is a disqualification. Please note that freckles due to aging or sun exposure and white due to aging or injury are not faults. Th e lovely color is accented by the short, smooth coat. A distinctly long coat (setter-like in tex- ture) is a disqualification. Even though the head is addressed first in the standard, the primary impor- tance of the head is as a compliment to the outline of the Vizsla. Th e noble head must not be too heavy with exces- sive flew or dewlap, nor too small and snipey so that it disturbs the silhouette of the elegant Vizsla. It again is moder- ate in size and shape. Th e thin, fine ears are neither too low nor long—the dog will have a houndy appearance—nor too high and small—as they will spoil the gently rounded outline. When lifted gently, the ear will reach to the corner of the mouth. Th e ears, when alert, create a frame for the face. Eyes should have a

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