German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla

45-55 lbs
21-24"
Unknown
German Wirehaired Pointer
Vizsla
Wirehaired Vizsla, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, Hungarian Wire-haired Pointing Dog, Drotzoru Magyar Vizsla

Loyal, strong, and a fast learner best describes the German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla, a cross between the German Wirehaired Pointer and the Vizsla, two breeds categorised as hunting dogs. The hybrid of these two parent breeds is a medium sized high energy dog that does require an active family to take him on. They are not suited to urban life as they need to be able to run and expend energy daily. Though a sensitive dog who needs encouragement and positive reinforcement in his life, he can be quite comical with his vocalization in that he loves to grunt and moan as a way of expression.

Purpose
Sporting, Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
German Wirehaired Pointer and Vizsla

German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla Health

Average Size
Male German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla size stats
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 55-65 lbs
Female German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla size stats
Height: 21-24 inches Weight: 45-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Ear Examination
  • Blood Chemistry
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Otoscopic Examination

German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla Breed History

An agile, strong breed known to be a companion of nomadic peoples of the 10th century, the Vizsla had an interesting journey before making his way to the United States in 1950. Documented as a falcon hunter with the Magyar tribes of Hungary, he later became a trusted hunter who assisted the noblemen and wealthy classes of the country. Versatile in talent, this canine took on retriever duties once the arrival of guns gave the hunter a wider range of field in which to hunt. The Vizsla was taken from Hungary as a safety measure during the Soviet War, which is how this breed made its way to other European countries before he entered the U.S. This powerful dog was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960, joining the Sporting Group. Also a Sporting Group member, the German Wirehaired Pointer was added to the AKC roster in 1959. Of German origin, he was developed specifically as an aid to huntsmen. Valued for his agility over many types of terrain (open field, forest or water), the German Wirehaired Pointer's skills were cultivated in the 1800's, making him an even more so resilient and brave dog. His wire coat kept him protected as he traversed these areas without any trouble. He was introduced into the United States in the early 1900's where he continued to be renowned as a hunter and also became prized for his conformation and agility skills.

German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla Breed Appearance

The German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla is considered to be a medium-sized dog. Their average height can range anywhere from 21 to 25 inches, with males being on the taller end. Their eyes are always alert and are oval in shape. The ears of this hybrid are medium, slightly flat and flopped down and tend to have a rounded-V shape towards the end. The head of this sleek and strong dog is dome shaped and is medium in length. The muzzle lies parallel to the head and is blunt. The body of the German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla is strong, muscular and heavily built and these dogs have deep and wide chests, along with a very straight topline. The legs are long and almost cat-like; they are muscular and well balanced. The coat is often 1 to 2 inches in length; the undercoat is softer and short and the outer coat is more dense and wiry. These dogs will have a very rugged look to them, with more fur focused on the muzzle, eyebrows, belly, neck ears and chest region.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla eyes
Brown
amber German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla nose
Black
brown German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brown German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla coat
Brown
red German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla Breed Maintenance

The German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla has a water and weather resistant coat, making him a relatively low maintenance hybrid. You may simply need to brush out the dirt and loose fur from his coat once a week. Bathing should be done when needed; however, most owners opt to use a dry shampoo or a damp cloth in order to clean the fur. As these dogs are always active and running, their nails tend to wear down naturally. If your hybrid is older and not as active, then you may need to trim his nails every few weeks. As with all dogs, his ears need to be checked and cleaned regularly. Because this hybrid is a hunter and a lover of water, dirt and moisture may accumulate within the inner ear. If you brush his teeth a few times a week, you may avoid extra dental appointments in the future.

Brushes for German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla Temperament

The German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla makes a great sport animal because they are vigilant, quick learners, obedient and have excellent stamina. They do well with children and other pets as long as there is adult supervision. When not on the field hunting or retrieving, this hybrid makes an excellent companion for a family home. They are gentle and are people pleasers. When encountering strangers, they should be friendly as they aren’t designed to be aggressive towards people. They may bark to alert their owners of a stranger, making them a relatively good watchdog.

German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla Activity Requirements

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a very active dog; they require at least 60 to 120 minutes of daily physical activity especially if they are below 12 months of age. These dogs thrive in homes where they have the opportunity to run, swim, play with balls and play with other toys. These dogs are recommended to owners who pursue an active lifestyle and are able to handle energetic breeds. He'll do best in a home environment that has plenty of space in which for him to play, and a securely enclosed area where he can roam, stretch and explore several times a day.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla Owner Experiences

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