Saturday, March 17, 2012

Brawny or Sinewy Muscular Condition

Battle scars.  Brawny or sinewy muscular condition.  Field conditioned coats.  These are the things that I love about field Vizslas.  Bailey has barbwire lines down his back most weeks.  He charges through the hills on our hill adventures.  They are never "walks" for him.  It amazes me he doesn't break or injure himself.  Chloe can run with abandon also following Bailey as he charges a hill or stream bed or cliff.  Fearless is the best word I can think of.

My hope is the highlighted section of the General Appearance standard never gets cut.  

AKC Vizsla Standard

General Appearance

That of a medium-sized, short-coated, hunting dog of distinguished appearance and bearing. Robust but rather lightly built, the coat is an attractive 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. 
Two Males:  Notice the chest size - Bailey in front

The requisite instincts and abilities to maintain a "dual dog" are always to be fostered and appreciated, never depreciated. 

Bailey didn't "stack" well.  Notice the back legs


Anonymous said...

Great post... Love that trio of silhouette you can really see how they differ... Did you compile that or find it somewhere?

Your dogs are great, I love the condition of your boy, wish I had the hills you do to run my girl on. That was one of the few things that really put some muscle on her. They are such athletes that unless they are challenged with hills and such they really don't get tired either. I really hope the breed can remain true to the standard, I have seen some changes even over the 4 years I have been in ring and I don't much care for it. But I think venues/judges really have to work on all fronts. If they don't fit physical standard I think in ways they should not be put up for awards in the field either. Owning a girl who both has her show CH and has hunt titles, I wish more knew it was possible to breed for both. But you can't force someone to live by such standards.


Rod Michaelson said...

Thanks for the kind words. Found the comparison outlines on a post on Hungarian Vizsla Forum. Suggested site for Vizsla discussions. Vizsla owners from around the world. Interesting converstations at times. You would enjoy them.