Gunfield Hungarian Vizslas

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The Long Haired Gene

 The long-haired gene is not a health condition as such.

The long-haired gene is the genetics behind what is callsed as a faulty coat type seen in the Hungarian Vizsla, By faulty I mean as not to the breed standard requirements.

There are varying views as to where this gene came into the breed but we do know is it came in many years ago, Some say it was from when an Irish setter was introduced into the breed.

Cases of these spaniel/setter coated  vizslas  became more common in Hungary around the 1980s.

In Hungary they are deemed as undesirable.

Equally they are also those who have set out to try and deliberately breed them.

Regardless of genetics these dogs still make the most wonderful valued companions.

I would say the like or dislike of how their coat looks is a very personal thing.

Ourselve the Gunfield Kennel and Addaci kennel in the UK worked alongside Animal DNA diagnosticsPut together a genetic test .

This involves taking DNA samples from physically long-haired vizslas And comparing them to the DNA of normal smooth coated vizslas, By doing this they were able Isolate the gene responsible for creating the long hair.

The availability of this test in the UK means that breeders can learn the status of their dog to making any breeding plans.

There are three possible outcomes from the genetic test

LL This means the dog has two copies of the long-haired gene and is physically long-haired if breed to a smooth haired vizsla that does not carry the LH gene they will proiduce smooth looking puppies  that carry the LH gene, if the breeding partner carries the LH gene both physically LH and smooth puppiesa can be born.

LS This means the dog has one long-haired gene and one smooth haired gene, these dogs while appearing to be smotth coated themselves can produce long haired puppies if bred to either a LH vizsla of a Vizsla carrting the LH gene.

SS means the dog has two shorthaired genes and and is capable of producing a long-haired puppy, but if bred to LL or LS some puppies will be carriers of the gene.

If you would like to test your dog a test can be oredered here