Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla

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40-55 lbs
20-21"
Hungary
Hungarian Wire-haired Pointing Dog, Drotzoru Magyar Vizsla

The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla is an efficient hunting dog but not necessarily a great family companion. It takes a specific, active family for the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla to fit in and be happy. He is heavier boned and heartier than the Vizsla. He requires extensive exercise, training and one-on-one attention. He is a versatile dog who is able to compete in several different activities such as dock diving, tracking, agility, obedience and rally. He can also excel at therapy work if he is properly trained and knows his boundaries. The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla can be great with children if he is properly trained and raised with children. 

Purpose
Gun dog
Date of Origin
1930s
Ancestry
Pointer

Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Health

Average Size
Height: 21-25 inches Weight: 44-64 lbs
Height: 20-21 inches Weight: 40-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cancer
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Distichiasis
  • Ectropion
  • Glaucoma
  • Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM)
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • CERF
  • Full Physical Examination

Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Breed History

The Vizsla has a history that goes back for centuries; however, the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla is a relatively recent breed. In the 1930s, hunters and falconers in Hungary needed a sturdy hunting dog with a tough, wiry coat that could resist the harsh weather conditions while on the hunt.  Breed plans were submitted to the Hungarian Vizsla Klub. The plan was eventually approved under the condition that the Vizsla’s qualities and distinctive coat color was preserved. The biggest difference between the Vizsla and this new breed should only be the length and texture of their coat. The test breeding was begun to create the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla. The smooth Vizsla was bred to the German Wirehaired Pointer, Pudelpointer, Irish Setter and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Some also say these dogs were crossed with the Bloodhound, although there are no official records that state the Bloodhound was used. In 1966, the Federation Cynologique Internationale officially recognized the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla as a breed. The first Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla was imported into the United States in the early 1970s. The Canadian Kennel Club recognized him as a breed in 1978. The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association recognized the breed in 1986. Then, in 2003 the Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America was formed and the club began the process of obtaining American Kennel Club registration status. In 2006, the United Kennel Club recognized the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla. The American Kennel Club officially allowed the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla into the Sporting Group in 2013. Today, his is still considered a rare breed as there are only a few hundred Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla in North America.

Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Breed Appearance

The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla has a harsh, wire coat. His coat is close fitting on the body and neck and should be no more than 1 ½ inches in length. He has an undercoat that becomes thicker in the winter. He has short, coarse hair on his muzzle with the hair gradually becoming longer near the end of his muzzle to form a moustache and beard. He has thick, almost bushy eyebrows that should never cover his eyes. The hair on his muzzle should sweep upwards toward his skull and protects his eyes when he is in any underbrush. His eyes should never be hidden by hair. The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla comes in two different colors, golden sand and russet gold, a dark brown or pale yellow color is not desirable. Any other colors are not desirable. He can have small white marks on his chest and feet but the white should never be overwhelming. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Breed Maintenance

The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla has a harsh wirehaired coat that is hard to the touch and loose fitting against his body. His coat has no gloss, it will have a dull appearance. During the winter, he will have an undercoat, that undercoat will shed out seasonally. He does have feathering on the back of his forelegs. He can be brushed with a firm bristle brush. His moustache and beard should be combed daily or at least every other day to keep it clean and free of dirt and debris. His eyebrows should be combed when he is brushed, which should be weekly. Bathe him with a mild soap or soap specifically for wirehair only when necessary. Giving him a bath too often can cause his skin to become dry and itchy. Since his ears hang down, clean them once a week and keep them dry to prevent infections from occurring. His nails should be trimmed as needed, usually every two weeks. Dental hygiene is also an important part of keeping your Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla healthy. Brush his teeth often. 

Brushes for Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla
Dematter
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Temperament

The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla can be a gentle and loving companion who requires a lot of exercise. He is expressive and can easily become destructive if left to his own devices. Be sure to provide him with plenty of toys and a job to perform. He may not be the best choice for more sedate families but would do excellent with an active family. He is generally great with children but can become overwhelming if not given enough exercise or attention. He can become overly excited and forget himself around young children, knocking them down in his enthusiasm. He does well with other dogs but should be supervised with small pets such as hamsters, rabbits, cats or guinea pigs. He does require a definite pack leader be defined in the family. This is the person who will be facilitating his training. The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla will respect his pack leader and will do all he can to please and make sure his leader is happy with his behavior. 

Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Owner Experiences

15 Months
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Like the Vizsla, Wirehaired Vizslas are very high energy, gentle-mannered, loyal, caring, and highly affectionate. They quickly form close bonds with their owners, including children. They are quiet dogs, only barking if necessary or if they are provoked. They are natural hunters with an excellent ability to take training.[6] Not only are they great pointers, but they are excellent retrievers as well. They will retrieve on land and in the water, making the most of their natural instincts. However, they must be trained gently and without harsh commands or strong physical correction, as they have sensitive temperaments and can be easily damaged if trained too harshly (Gottlieb, 1992). Vizslas are excellent swimmers and often swim in pools if one is available. Like all gun dogs, Vizslas require a good deal of exercise to remain healthy and happy. Thirty minutes to an hour of exercise daily in a large off-leash area is optimal (Coffman 1992).
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