Th e fronts and rears need to be in balance so that they are not trying to get out of the way of the other. And the back needs to be level and fi rm to ensure stability. As the standard states, “movement is powerful yet graceful with far reaching drive enabling the breed to hunt in all elements and cover any ter- rain encountered by the walking hunter.” Th e feet are cat like but slightly oval. Pas- terns are short and slightly sloping and front dewclaws are preferably removed but natu- ral dewclaws are not to be penalized. Rear dewclaws are a disquali fi cation. When approaching the Wirehaired Vizsla the expression should show their con fi dence, intelligence and sensitiv- ity. Th ey were bred to be a guardian of their homes as well as to bring home the meat. So aloofness is something you may encounter while judging this breed. But while at home they are very a ff ectionate and loyal companions. As of now, the Wirehaired Vizsla is get- ting a good start here in the United States. With the team work of dedicated breeders and judges that understand the purpose of the breed, I feel that this versatile, loyal hunting dog has a good future. For the valued collaboration in writ- ing this article, I would like to thank the chairperson of the Public Education Com- mittee, Deb Wall, members of the Judges Education Committee Mark Goodwein and Nancy Edmunds and the Chairper- son of the Judges Education Committee, Amanda Johnson, whom you can email with question, comments or information on our next judges education presentation at email@example.com.
“Dora’s first pheasant” Photo courtesy of Stephen Foster.
Photo courtesy of Lies van Essen, Netherlands.
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