FCI-Standard No 239 WIREHAIRED VIZSLA (Drotszürü Vizsla) TRANSLATOR : Mrs.C.Seidler. ORIGIN : Hungary. DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : August 1982. UTILIZATION : Gundog. FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 7 Pointing Dogs Section 1.1. Continental Pointing Dogs, Type "Braque" With working trial. GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS : Medium sized, yellow-golden, wirehaired Gundog of robust build with a stronger bone structure and of slightly larger frame than the shorthaired Vizsla. With his weatherproof coat, resistant to cold and wet, this is a popular gundog for difficult terrain, for reed thickets and heavy work in water. Apart from his more robust appearance, he displays a great deal of the shorthaired Vizsla's elegance. He is intelligent, devoted and even tempered. Pure breeding began during the nineteen thirties. The German wirehair played his part in the upgrading of the breed. In the selection, carried on for decades, great value was attached to working ability as well as establishment of the new type. Much of the breeders' work was the insurance of a Vizsla breed whose versatility and excellent working ability made itself felt under difficult circumstances. Today, the mutual goal of lovers of this breed is to further the homogenity in conformation and hair structure. In reference to his characteristics, the wirehaired Vizsla is similar to the shorthaired Vizsla. He is easily guided, learns quickly and is sensitive to rough handling. His scenting ability is excellent, he loves water and is a first class retriever. In style, action and in his firm pointing he is the equal of any continental pointing dog. HEAD : Well proportioned. The Cranial region moderately broad and slightly rounded. The facial region is slightly shorter than the Cranial region. Moderate stop, pronounced superciliary ridges. The characteristic coat gives the head a striking somewhat square shape. Bridge of nose is straight and ends in a broad nose. The lower jaw is well developed, well muscled , the teeth are strong. The incisors meet in a regular scissor bite. The lips are moderately tight but not pendulous. Expression is lively, intelligent. The eyelids are tight - fitting, the eyes somewhat oval in shape. The colour of the eyes harmonizes with the coat colour; desired is a slightly darker shade. The ears are medium high in set-on, of medium length and cover well the ear opening. NECK : Medium length, well muscled, slightly arched without any disturbing dewlap. BODY : Strong and well proportioned, slightly longer than in squarely built breeds. Withers pronounced and muscular. Back is short and straight, loins firm. Topline lightly rounded off towards tail set-on. Chest is strongly developed, deep and reaches at least to elbow joint. Ribs are moderately sprung. Shoulders well muscled, shoulder-blades appropriately laid back and free in movement. LIMBS : Forelegs are straight, well boned, elbows fitting close to body. Hindlegs : well muscled, moderately angulated with relatively short hocks. The toes are strong, well arched, tightly closed. Feet are slightly oval. Nails are strong, pads elastic and hard. TAIL : Set on rather low, moderately thick and tapering towards the end. One third is docked. SKIN : Pigmented, tight without folds or wrinkles. The nose leather is flesh coloured. Lips, eye rims and nails are brown. Pads of feet are slate gray. COAT : On the muzzle, the coat is short and coarse. The hair forms a small beard on the chin. The skull is covered by short, dry hair. The hair on the ears is almost the same as in the shorthaired variety. The eye-brows are thick, rough and harsh. On the neck and body the top coat is close-fitting, harsh, thick and 2-4 cm long. With a thick undercoat. The coat is shorter on the lower part of the legs, of the chest and belly. On the rear edge of the legs, longer hair is permitted. The texture of the coat should serve as a protection against weather and injuries. On the feet and between the toes, the hair is shorter and softer. The coat on the tail is dense and stronger. Coat colour is sandy-yellow in various shades. Small white patches on the chest and spots on the feet are not faults. MOVEMENT : Animated, harmonious and ground covering. Typical movement in the field is an even, steady gallop at medium speed. SIZE : The ideal height at withers for dogs is 58 - 62 cm for bitches 54 - 58 cm. Variance of less than three centimeters is permitted as long as the dog remains in proportion. The balance of the body in repose and movement is far more important than measurements expressed in centimeters. FAULTS : 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. FAULTS IN TYPE : Any fault which affects construction of body or constitution counts as fault in type if it detracts from harmonious movement and willingness to work. SERIOUS FAULTS : Constitutionally too fine or too coarse. Marked departure from required measurements. Not sufficiently in proportion. Too short or too high in body, overbuilt hinquarters. Head : Badly proportioned, too broad or too narrow skull and too narrow forehead. Pointed, concave or domed head or head shaped like a "Bracke". Too much stop. Short pointed muzzle, Roman nose or Ram's nose. Pendant lips, loose skin on head. Eyes which are small, not well proportioned, close together, globular, sunken or prominent. Light eyes, drooping eyelids, expressionless or furtive expression. Ears set too high or too low, folded and narrow. Teeth which are irregular and do not close. Over-or undershot mouth with a gap between upper and lower incisors more than 2 mm. Wry mouth, teeth protruding, tartar, yellow teeth. Largish dewlap on throat. Body : Slack muscles, slack back and loins. Narrow pelvis, sharply sloping or steep croup. Sunken withers, loose shoulders. Chest not deep enough or very broad. Flat ribs. In bitches, belly hanging down after a litter. Limbs : Legs positioned incorrectly, bad angulation. Slack, splayed and too long feet. Tail : Badly docked or croocked tail. Coat : Soft, thin, wavy coat. Lack of undercoat. Coat too short and thin on head, limbs, sides, underside of belly and chest. Coat which is curly or Griffon-like and soft, woolly hair on head. Coat with a parting on the spine. Colour : Dark brown, red and fawncoloured dogs are undesirable. The darker stripe on back, which is often dietary, is no particular fault. White patches on chest and throat only count as faults if they are more than 5 cm in diameter. ELIMINATING FAULTS : Marked departures from breed characteristics and prescribed measurements. Multicolours, particolours, larger white patches on chest, white feet. Pointed muzzle; narrow, whippety head or coarse scent-hound like skull. Eyes which are very light, gray or in different colours. Ectropion, Entropion. Pronounced Roman nose or Ram's nose. Pink, slate gray, black or butterfly nose. Black pigment on lips and eyelids. Overshot or undershot by mor than 2 mm. Also wry mouth. Drooping, drooling lips and larger dewlap on throat. Colour lighter than wax-yellow, brown colour, albinos. Shy dogs with weak nerves. Very tied, faulty movement. Long, woolly, silky or curly coat. N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.