Meet the Breed: The Wirehaired Vizsla

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Overview:

  • Height: 21"-25”
  • Weight: 40-60 pounds
  • Historical Function: Hunting 
  • Modern Function: Hunting, companion
  • AKC Classification: Sporting

Physical Characteristics:

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a hunting dog, with a distinguished appearance and bearing. They have a lean build and are very robust. They are similar to the smooth Vizsla in build though it is a distinctly separate breed. The Wirehaired Vizsla is generally a little larger and heavier boned than the smooth Vizsla. They share the same uniform coloration, which is an attractive russet to golden sand color, but the coat is coarse and wiry. The bushy eyebrows accent the expressive eyes. The nose and eyes blend with the coat. The tail is docked 1/4 in countries where docking is permitted, and dewclaws are removed.

History of the Breed:

The Wirehaired Vizsla was developed in the 1930's in Hungary by hunters and falconers looking for a dog with the same outstanding traits as the Vizsla. These traits include having the same color that blends well into the brush, but with a somewhat heavier and sturdier build. The breed would also need a thick, wiry coat to be more resistant to extreme winter weather and rough field conditions of the uplands of northern Hungary. Mr. Vasas Jozsef accomplished this by crossing Vizslas with thicker coats with a solid liver-colored German Wirehaired Pointer. The first Wirehaired Vizslas were brought to the U.S. in the 1970's. 

Temperament:

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a calm, gentle and loyal companion. They are trainable to a high degree. Their sensitivity and strong desire to please makes harsh discipline unnecessary and unwise. They are outgoing and friendly, neither timid nor aggressive. WV can easily be kept as a companion dog in the house because of their easy-going nature and adaptability, but are not recommended for apartment life. Wirehaired Vizslas are very athletic, and when lacking in exercise they may become destructive or neurotic.  

  • Best suited for: Active families, hunters, falconers. 
  • Preferred living conditions: They can do well with difficult terrain as well as extreme weather conditions. Needs daily mental and physical exercise. 

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easily maintained coat does well with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo. Bathe rarely so as not to disrupt the natural weatherproof oils. 
  • Exercise needs: Daily long walk or jog. Loves off-leash time in a safe area. Mental exercise is a must as well. 
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to hip dysplasia, eye disease and cancer.

Breed Club Links: Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America

BaxterBoo.com Perfect Pairings: Cardio Canine Hands Free Human Harness and Dog Leash

Have any stories about a Wirehaired Vizsla? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia. 

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