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About the Author

Gay Gottlieb was born in Gloucestershire and spent her formative years in the country. She went to school in England and Switzerland and lived in Paris for some years. She welcomed her first Vizsla dog, Sh Ch Waidman Remus, in the early 1970s, shortly followed by a bitch, Sh Ch Galfrid Sofia at Russetmantle. Over the following four decades she studied and nurtured the breed dedicating her time and love to this most beautiful animal.

Gay Gottlieb with puppies


In 2008 Gay Gottlieb was honoured to receive the prestigious 'Lifetime Achievement Award' presented by the Hungarian Vizsla Society.  To find out more about the award please click here.

Chapter 11 - Showing

Watching a top show dog can be an exciting experience, perhaps never to be forgotten by the handler and the spectator. It is exhilarating and moving to see an animal in absolute peak condition displaying all the qualities for which he has been bred. No dog is perfect, but he must be as near to perfection as can be as he goes round the ring in unison with his handler – standing and gaiting together, moving as one. His character and temperament should make him ooze with confidence and happiness – he could not and would not be in this company, however good his conformation, if he did not enjoy the job in hand.

Example of free standing/topping and tailing.
Example of free standing/topping and tailing.


Subheadings in chapter 11

The Ideal Vizsla.
The Ideal Show Career.
What the Judge Wants to See.
Types of Dog Shows.