About the Wirehaired Vizsla Dog Breed
A versatile, medium-sized hunting dog that possesses an excellent nose, the Wirehaired Vizsla is easily distinguished from its smooth-coated cousin by its weather resistant, dense wire coat.
Wirehaired Vizsla Physical Characteristics
Though it is similar to its more common cousin, the smooth-coated Visla, the most obvious difference between the two breeds is the Wirehaired Vizsla’s one-to-two inch, dense wiry coat which was developed to help the breed blend into dried grasses and brush in the field, according to the AKC.
Dense and wiry with a beard, eyebrows and brushes on the legs.
Wirehaired Vizsla Personality and Temperament
The Wirehaired Vizsla is affectionate, outgoing and friendly and makes a loyal companion. Intelligent and relatively easy to train, the Wirehaired Vizsla can excel in agility and obedience competitions.
Things to Consider
Because of its keen nose and high activity level, the Wirehaired Vizsla needs plenty of exercise in addition to its grooming needs.
Wirehaired Vizsla Care
Ideal Living Conditions
Although the breed can survive outdoors in temperate weather, the Wirehaired Vizsla should be kept inside when it is particularly cold. Because of its athletic nature, the breed requires plenty of regular exercise and can become restless if left unattended.
According to the AKC, the breed’s wiry coat should be kept natural, requiring occasional brushing, bathing and stripping to maintain it.
Wirehaired Vizsla Health
The Wirehaired Vizsla, which has a lifespan of 10 to 14 years, is prone to minor health concerns like canine hip dysplasia, or major issues such as epilepsy, similarly to the Vizsla. To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may run hip and thyroid tests on the dog.
Wirehaired Vizsla History and Background
Developed in the 1930s by Hungarian hunters and falconers who desired a breed with the same traits of the Vizsla but could withstand extreme weather and and rough field conditions, the Wirehaired Vizsla is the result of a cross between a Vizsla and the German Wirehaired Pointer, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). By the 1940s, three generations of the breed were registered and by the early 1970s, the first Wirehaired Vizslas were imported to North America. The AKC recognized the breed in 2014.