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NAVIGATING THE VIZSLA DISQUALIFICATIONS

“THE EASIEST WAY TO DETERMINE IF WHITE IS EXTENDING OUTSIDE THE ALLOWABLE BOUNDARY UNDER THE DOG’S CHEST IS TO IMAGINE TAKING A RULER AND PLACING IT UNDER THE DOG FROM ELBOW TO ELBOW. THAT POINT SETS THE ALLOWABLE BOUNDARY FOR WHITE EXTENDING DOWN UNDER THE DOG ON THE FORECHEST. ANY WHITE EXTENDING BEYOND THAT POINT ONTO THE DOG’S UNDERSIDE IS A DISQUALIFICATION.”

This illustration identifies the acceptable boundary for white on the front of the forechest.

White extending above the toes is a disqualification.

White is allowable from the top of the sternum to the elbow.

elbow to elbow. That point sets the allowable boundary for white extending down under the dog on the forechest. Any white extend- ing beyond that point onto the dog’s underside is a disqualification. The sternum is also a precise anatomical point on the dog. The sternum should not be confused with the prosternum. The vertical boundary for white on the breed is the sternum. Any white extend- ing above the sternum and onto the neck is a disqualification. The illustration above shows the allowable points on the dog in profile where white is acceptable.

White must be contained in the horizontal and vertical bound- aries established for the breed. When evaluating white on the forechest, the Standard allows for white to extend to the elbow. The forechest extends from the top of the sternum to the elbow, which defines the vertical boundary for white. The elbow is a specific ana- tomical bone, so understanding this skeletal component is critical to understanding the boundary. The easiest way to determine if white is extending outside the allowable boundary under the dog’s chest is to imagine taking a ruler and placing it under the dog from

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