How to Identify a Vizsla


The Vizsla Breed Standard in brief:

The Vizsla is a medium-sized, short-coated, hunting dog. Robust but rather lightly built, the coat color is a shaded golden rust. Originating in Hungary, the Vizsla was bred to work in field, forest and water. Agile and energetic, this is a versatile dog of power, drive and endurance in the field yet a tractable and affectionate companion in the home. It is strongly emphasized that field conditioned coats, as well as brawny or sinewy muscular condition and honorable scars indicating a working and hunting dog are never to be penalized in this dog.

Head - Lean and muscular. Foreface or muzzle is of equal length or slightly shorter than skull when viewed in profile. Nose self-colored. Ears, thin, silky and proportionately long, with rounded-leather ends, set fairly low and hanging close to cheeks. Color of the iris should blend with the color of the coat.



Head, nose & ears – correct  

incorrect ears (Vizsla Pit Bull mix)


Tail - not carried vertically or curled over the back, nor between the legs. A docked tail is preferred.

Coat - Short, smooth, dense and close-lying, without woolly undercoat.

Color - Golden rust in varying shades. Lighter shadings over the sides of the neck and shoulders giving the appearance of a "saddle" are common. White on the fore chest, preferably as small as possible, and white on the toes are permissible. White extending on the shoulders or neck is a disqualification. The Vizsla is self-colored, with the color of the eyes, eye-rims, lips, nose, toenails and pads of feet blending with the color of the coat.

Temperament - A natural hunter endowed with a good nose and above-average ability to take training. Lively, gentle-mannered, demonstrably affectionate and sensitive though fearless with a well developed protective instinct.

Vizsla Redbone Coonhound/mix, incorrect nose, lips, eye liner color and tail set


Purebred Redbone Coonhound


Most common Vizsla mixes:

Vizsla/German Shorthair Pointer          Vizsla/Golden Retriever    Vizsla/Lab mix


Vizsla Brittany mix


Wirehair Vizsla

Purebred Rhodesian Ridgeback


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