Wirehaired Vizsla

Wirehaired Vizsla
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Hungary
Group: Sporting, Gun Dog
Height: males 23-25 in., females 21 1/2-23 in.
Weight: males 45-65 lbs., females 40-55 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes, excellent
Good with other pets: if raised with cats, other
small animals are considered prey

What is the origin of the Wirehaired Vizsla?

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a separate breed from the smooth-coated Vizsla. It was bred in the 1930s by crossing the Vizsla with the German Wirehaired Pointer and the possible addition of the Pudelpointer, Bloodhound and Irish Setter. The breed was introduced to North America in the 1970s. In it’s native Hungary, it is a rare breed.

What does the Wirehaired Vizsla look like?

This Vizsla is strong with a lean-looking body. Males are 23-25 inches Tall and weigh 45-65 lbs. Females grow to 21 1/2 – 23 inches tall and weigh 40-55 lbs. Ears are hanging. The muzzle sports a rough beard. Eyebrows are pronounced. Where still practiced, the tail may be docked. The coat is dense and wiry, lying close to the skin. The undercoat is water-repellent. Coat colors are russet to golden sand. Regular brushing and an occasional bath is all that is needed.

What is the temperament of the Wirehaired Vizsla?

Wirehaired Vizslas are hunting dog and have lots of energy. They are very affectionate and bond closely with their family. Their loyalty and gentle manners make them extremely good with children. Because of their size, young children should always be supervised when playing with them. This sensitive breed needs positive early obedience training with a gentle hand as well as socialization. If they are underactive and bored, they can become destructive. If raised with cats, they will be okay with them, but as hunting dogs they view any small animals as prey. The Wirehaired Vizslas require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation and are a great companion for an active family. They love being close to their family and will even sleep in their owner’s bed if allowed.

What are the jobs of the Wirehaired Vizsla?

The Wirehaired Vizsla is an excellent hunting dog. They can point and also retrieve either on land or in water. They love to swim and will take advantage of a pool if you have one. But never leave them unattended there. They are not barkers and do so only when they feel it’s important to alert you. These loving, gentle, loyal dogs are a wonderful addition to a family.

Possible Health Issues

Hip dysplasia, entropion, ectropion, digestive disorders

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