The Vizsla is one of the most versatile breeds in the world. Did you know that the first triple champion (show, field and obedience) in the history of the American Kennel Club was a Vizsla! It was TC Kutya Kai Costa bred by Marion Coffman and owned by R. Costa. To date, only two (2) purebred dogs are confirmed to be AKC triple champions and the second one is also a VIZSLA. "Chartay" now known as TC Legacy's DeChartay UDX MH VC, bred by Diane Shearer and Gregory Gollick and owned by Jack and Bettylou Sharkey, became a quintuple champion, first in AKC history.
Essentially pointer in type, the Vizsla is a medium sized, distinguished and very aristocratic looking dog. The tail is docked one-third and dewclaws are removed. The Vizsla is fun loving, lively, gentle, and very affectionate. It is sensitive but demonstrates a fearless protectiveness. Its desire and need to be close to people means it does not make a good kennel dog. These dogs reach their full potential when allowed to live as true family members. Males tend to mature more slowly than females.
This dog excels in the field as a distinguished upland game pointer and retriever; its intelligence and trainability allow it to shine in obedience; its beauty and structure are evident in the conformation show ring; its superior ability to scent makes it a good tracking dog; its agility and speed serve it well in other areas such as flyball and agility competition. Vizslas are also used in pet therapy/visitation and as hearing/seeing eye dogs.
Smooth Coat: The coat colour is an attractive golden rust with some strains more solidly coloured, and others with distinct markings on the shoulders and back. Little grooming is required. Males should ideally measure 23" (58 cm) and weigh 50-65 lb. (22-29 kg) while females should be 22" and weigh about 10 lb. (5 kg) less. The colour of the eyes, nails and nose should blend with the coat. White markings on the chest are not desirable but a small amount of white hair on the chest (up to 2 inches in diameter) is permitted on dogs being judged in conformation. White on any other part of the body is a disqualification in the show ring.
Wirehaired: The tough wiry coat of the wire-haired is dark yellow and should be even in colour throughout. The outer coat should be coarse and hard and about 1 1/4-1 3/4" in length. Heights for males are between 22.5 - 25" (57 - 64 cm) and 21-23.5" (53-60 cm) for bitches. Dogs of good substance should weigh between 48.5 and 66 lb. (22 - 30 kg).