Official ENGLAND Standard
FCI Standard No 57 dated June 1996
Adopted in Australia from 1 January 1998
Revised May 2001
Country of Origin: Hungary
Translated by Mrs H Gross-Richardson, Mrs Anne Mitchell and Mrs
He is a medium sized, elegant gun dog of noble appearance
with a short russet gold coat. His rather light, dry, lean
structure embodies the harmony of beauty and strength.
The Hungarian Vizsla is a versatile gun dog that must be
able to work in field, forest and water and have the
following typical qualities. He must have an excellent
nose, firmness on the point , be excellent at retrieving
and have the determination to remain on the scent even
when swimming, which he manifestly enjoys. He copes with
difficult terrain as well as extreme weather conditions.
As he is intended to be an efficient hunting dog then gun
and game shyness, unwillingness to point and retrieve, as
well a dislike of water are undesirable. Because of his
easy going nature and his adaptability, he can easily be
kept as a companion dog in the house.
Lively, friendly, evenly tempered and easily trained. His
outstanding willingness to keep contact with his master
while working is one of his essential qualities. He cannot
bear rough treatment and must be neither aggressive or
The head should be dry, noble and well proportioned. The
skull moderately wide and slightly domed. A slightly
pronounced groove runs from the moderately developed
occiput towards the stop. The supercilliary ridges are
moderately developed. The stop is moderate.
His nose should be well developed and broad with nostrils
as wide as possible. The colour of the nose harmonises in
a dark shading with the coat colour. The muzzle is blunt,
not pointed, with strong jaws that are strongly muscled.
The bridge of the nose is straight. The lips are tight
fitting with no pendulous flews. The jaws are powerful and
the cheeks are strong and well muscled.
The eyes are slightly oval and of medium size with well
fitting eyelids. He has an intelligent and lively
expression. The brown eyes harmonise with the coat colour,
as dark as possible preferred.
The ears are set on at medium height, a little backwards.
He has fine leathers, which hang closely to the cheeks and
end in a rounded V shape. The length is about
three-quarters of the length of the head.
He has a regular and complete scissor bite with the upper
teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square
to the jaws with 42 healthy teeth according to dentition
Of medium length, harmonising with the overall appearance.
The nape very muscular and slightly arched. Tightly
fitting skin (no dewlap) at the throat.
Viewed from the front they should be straight and
parallel. Viewed from the side the legs are vertical and
placed well under the body. Good bones and strongly
muscled. The shoulders are long, sloping and flat with
well attached shoulder blades. Flexible with strong dry
muscles. Well angulated between the shoulder blade and
upper arm. The upper arm is as long as possible and well
muscled. The elbows fit close to the body, not tied in and
turning neither in nor out and are well angulated between
the upper arm and forearm. The forearm is long, straight
and sufficiently muscled with strong but not coarse bone.
The pastern joint is short and tight. The pastern is short
and only very slightly sloping.
The withers are pronounced and muscular. The back is
solid, strong, well muscled, taut and straight. The
muscles should hide the vertebral spines. The loin is
short, broad, tight, muscular, straight or slightly
arched. The portion from back to loin is well coupled. The
croup is broad and of sufficient length, not to cut off
short. It slopes slightly to the tail and is well muscled.
The chest is deep and broad with a well developed, well
muscled, moderately arched forechest. The sternum should
extend as far back as possible. The sternum and the elbow
should be at the same level. The ribs are moderately
arched with the last ribs carried well back. The underline
is elegant, tight, arching towards the rear and slightly
Viewed from behind they should be straight and parallel.
Well angulated and with strong bone. The upper thigh is
long and muscular with good angulation between the pelvis
and upper thigh. The stifle is well angulated. The lower
thigh is long, well muscled and sinewy. Its length is
almost equal to that of the upper thigh. Good angulation
between the lower thigh and the metatarsus. The hock joint
is strong, dry and sinewy and rather well let down. The
metatarsus is vertical, short and dry.
The forefeet are slightly oval, with well knit,
sufficiently arched, strong toes. The nails are strong and
brown in colour. He has tough, resistant, slate grey pads.
The feet are parallel when standing or moving. The hind
feet are similar to the forefeet.
Set on slightly low, strong at the base, then tapering. In
countries where tail docking is not prohibited by law, the
tail may be shortened by one quarter to avoid hunting
hazards. If tail docking is prohibited, the tail reaches
down to the hock joint and carried straight or slightly
sabre like. On the move, it is raised up to the
horizontal. It is well covered by dense coat.
The typical gait is an animated, light-footed trot,
elegant and far-reaching, with much drive and
corresponding reach. Not exhausting gallop when working in
the field. The back is firm and the topline remains level.
Good, upright carriage. Pacing undesirable.
Short and dense, should be coarse and hard at the touch.
On the head and the ear leathers, it should be thinner,
silkier and shorter. The hair underneath the tail should
be slightly, but not noticeably longer. The coat should
cover all if the body with the underside of the belly
being a little lighter coated. No undercoat.
Various shades of russet gold and dark sandy gold. The ear
leathers may be a little darker, otherwise uniform in
colour. Red, brownish or lightened colour is undesirable.
A little white patch on the chest or at the throat, not
more than 5 cm in diameter, as well as white markings on
the toes are not considered faulty. The colour of the lips
and the eye rims corresponds to the colour of the nose.
The skin is tightly fitting, without folds and well
Height at withers
Dogs: 58-64 cms
Bitches: 54-60 cms
The body length slightly exceeds the height at withers.
The depth of the brisket is slightly less than half the
height at the withers
The muzzle is slightly shorter than half the length of
It is ineffective to increase the height at the withers. A
medium size should be aimed at. Overall balance and
symmetry are much more important than the mere measurable
Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the
fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to
its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of
the dog, and on the dog’s ability to perform its
Distinct deviations from the characteristics of the breed
Strong deviation from the sexual characteristics
Spotted (butterfly) nose
Pendulous or dribbling flews
Under or overshot mouth. Wry mouth, including all
One or more missing incisors and/or canine and or
premolars 2-4 and /or molars 1-2. More than two missing
PM1. The M3 are disregarded. Not visible teeth are
assessed as missing ones. Supernumerary teeth not in line
with the others.
Cleft palate, harelip
Light yellow eyes. Very loose eyelids. Ectropian.
Entropion. Distichiasis (double row of eyelashes)
Very faulty movement
Dark brown or pale yellow colour. Parti-coloured. Not
uniformly coloured. White chest patch larger than 5 cm.
Lacking pigmentation either on the skin or on the lips and
Any type of weakness in temperament
Deviation of more than 2 cm from the above mentioned
heights at withers
Male animals must have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.