Wirehaired Vizslas are known as excellent hunting dogs, and also have an altitude for making them suited for families. The Wirehaired Vizsla is a multipurpose, natural hunter gifted with an excellent nose and an above average trainability. Although they are lively, polite, demonstrably affectionate and sensitive, they are also fearless with protective instinct. The breed is a perfect pointer, an outstanding retriever, and has the determination to remain on the scent even when swimming. It would ensure harmony in house environment when Vizsla dogs are grown together with other pets. Eager to be involved in family yet protective and reserved, they possess some traits of watchdog.
The Wirehaired Vizsla is a wire-coated hunting dog, with a distinguished appearance and bearing, stands equal in length and height. They have a lean build and are very robust dogs. The coat is a smart russet to golden sand in color. Sometimes, the tail may be docked more than half of its original length. Long mustaches can be noticed on face while ears hang down the muzzle. Fore-legs are straight but rare are with defined angles. The overall expression embodies the qualities of a multi-purpose pointing dog, long lasting endurance, working ability and an easily contented nature. This is a dog with power and drive in the field, sharp but flawless gait yet is a submissive and affectionate companion in the home.
The Wirehaired Vizsla is a completely separate breed from its more commonly seen smooth-coated one. It was developed in the 1930s, initially by Vasas Jozsef, who was the owner of Csabai vizsla kennel along with Gresznarik Laszlo, who owned the de Selle German Wirehaired Pointer kennel. Both were much interested to produce a dog that combined the color of the Vizsla with a heavier coat, and with substantial build. This was to suit for working in cold weather and retrieving from icy waters. First Wirehaired Vizsla was born after extensive efforts from these two kennels which stood the beginning of new breed. After Second World War, many Hungarian kennels got involved in breeding of this dog resulting in increase of its numbers. Now a day these dogs are getting appreciation not only in native country but also in USA and in rest of the world as well. The WHV was recognized in Europe by the FCI under the Hungarian standard in 1986. AKC fully recognized this breed in July 2014 and placed in sporting group.
Like the smooth coated Vizsla, Wirehaired Vizslas are very high energy, polite attitude, loyal, caring, and highly affectionate. They bond with their owners, including children. They are not extensive barkers, only bark if necessary or provoked. They are affordable with other canine at home but after socialization, challenging in housetraining due to its stubborn trait and self-sufficient. Younger kids would be at risk while in close vicinity due to its large size. Excellent runner, it needs extensive exercise to stay satisfied. They tend to opt all destructive temperaments when left idle or moved away from family.
Adequate grooming is required; brushing twice in a week would prove enough. Longer and wirehaired coat is a strong protection against severe cold weathers. This is also helpful in retrieving from icy waters. Wiry coat should be inspected for any possible matting, or entangling, it may contain debris.
This dog holds strong scent detection and trialing ability, Smelling sensitivity would distract the dog to follow and chase, keep in close-fenced yard or leased when not on hunt, a wide yard is preferred to exercise activities. As a general rule, socialization of dog should be commenced from its puppyhood including familiarization to new peoples, pets and places. Training is the only issue with this breed, it would be challenging thus experienced owner is mandatory. The dog is to be housetrained with great affection, patience and commitment. Act as a perfect and confident pack leader, always walk ahead or aside of the dog while holding its lead in hand to demonstrate leadership. Keep the in natural pack order.
Owner Should Know
Prone to heritable illnesses in some offspring, including dysphagia-megaoesophagus, Hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, sebaceous adenitis, ectropion and entropion.
The Vizsla dog is tough in training, committed and reward based training is always proven fruitful, never try violence and harsh handling during housetrain rather it will spoil the dog.
The Vizsla dogs are demanding in grooming efforts. Brushing twice in a week to remove dead hairs is quite satisfactory.
Confined, cordoned and apartment living are not affordable for such energetic and lively breed. The dog needs a wider yard to exercise its activities. A fenced yard is the best option.
They may be shy or timid during puppyhood. Socialize them in early age, mostly love swimming thus retrieving over land and in water is equally efficient.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.