Dog breeding should only be done for the purpose of continuing, and at the same time working to improve, a long tradition of developing dogs for a purpose that suits mankind.
The Vizsla has traditionally been distinguished by its unique monochromatic solid golden rust coat, its ability to hunt, point, and retrieve, and its social nature with its owners.
In temperament, a Vizsla should not be aggressive with people or dogs, nor should it be too soft and submissive. It should be social and love to work with people, but it should also be an independent hunting partner.
The Breed Standard (Canadian Kennel Club) says, “The Vizsla is intelligent, calm, obedient, and easy to train. It is a sensitive dog which becomes attached to its owner and develops a strong but not overly aggressive protective instinct. In the field, the Vizsla is an eager happy hunter which is at home on land and in the water.”
Some people breed primarily for showing and conformation, and do not test their stock for working ability. Others hunt and field trial their stock, but do not show them. I believe in breeding for the ‘Versatile Vizsla’. I define ‘Versatile’ this way:
- correct structure, colour and breed type
- smooth and efficient movement
- loving to run and to swim.
- exhibiting a desire to hunt and point
- exhibiting a willingness to fetch to hand
- stable temperament for work
- loving to work with its owner in whatever sport the owner chooses
- easily trained
- a solid ‘off switch’ at home – a quiet sofa buddy