Wirehaired Vizsla

The Hungarian Coarse-Haired Vizla is a medium-sized sporting breed that was developed in Hungary as a versatile hunting dog. They are known by a variety of different names including the Hungarian Coarse-Haired Vizla, Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizla, Coarse-Haired Vizla, Wire-Haired Vizla, Drotszoru Magyar Vizsla and the Hungarian Wire-Haired Pointing Dog. The development of Hungarian Coarse-Haired Vizlas began in Hungary during the 1930s. A man by the name of Vasas Jozsef discovered some Vizlas that had wire-type hair, which gave them much better protection when retrieving in water. He then took some of these females and crossed them with German Wirehaired Pointers. The result were Vizla-type dogs with consistently coarse hair. These wire-haired dogs became popular quite quickly due to their ability to hunt over various types of terrain. Today, the Coarse-Haired Vizla is considered a rare breed and is rarely seen outside of Hungary.

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a medium-sized to large dog breed that is slender yet muscular. They are square-proportioned and have an elegant appearance. Their legs are muscular and lean. Their heads and muzzles are broad. Wirehaired Vizslas often sport eyebrows, mustaches and bears. Their ears are pendant and round. The coat of the Wirehaired Vizsla is coarse and harsh. They need to be brushed regularly. The ears should be checked regularly to prevent infection.

The Hungarian Coarse-Haired Vizla can weigh anywhere between 40 and 60 pounds fully grown. Its hair is wiry and can be light tan, brown, orange or gold. It has medium-length drop ears, a red or light brown nose, light brown or amber eyes and a tail that can be docked or left long. Personality: The Wirehaired Vizsla is enthusiastic and affectionate. They bond deeply with their human families and are very fond of children. Wirehaired Vizslas are very intelligent and eager to please. That's why they are easy to train. They do need consistent leadership otherwise they may become stubborn. Vizslas need plenty of exercise on a daily basis and need to be able to run or jog daily. They also enjoy playing games. Wizslas are usually friendly towards other dogs and animals.

Although Coarse-Haired Vizlas can be quite energetic and playful, they are also very lovable and gentle. As such, they make terrific pets for families with children. They typically get along well with other dogs; however, due to their strong hunting instincts, they may not interact well with small pets such as cats, rodents and rabbits.

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Life Span
12 - 15 years
Other Names
Hungarian Coarse-Haired Vizla, Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizla, Coarse-Haired Vizla, Wire-Haired Vizla, Drotszoru Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Wire-Haired Pointing Dog, Wirehaired Vizsla

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Size
Medium

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a medium-sized to large dog breed that is slender yet muscular. They are square-proportioned and have an elegant appearance. Their legs are muscular and lean. Their heads and muzzles are broad. Wirehaired Vizslas often sport eyebrows, mustaches and bears. Their ears are pendant and round.

The coat of the Wirehaired Vizsla is coarse and harsh.

They need to be brushed regularly. The ears should be checked regularly to prevent infection.

The Hungarian Coarse-Haired Vizla can weigh anywhere between 40 and 60 pounds fully grown. Its hair is wiry and can be light tan, brown, orange or gold. It has medium-length drop ears, a red or light brown nose, light brown or amber eyes and a tail that can be docked or left long.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level

The Wirehaired Vizsla is enthusiastic and affectionate. They bond deeply with their human families and are very fond of children. Wirehaired Vizslas are very intelligent and eager to please. That's why they are easy to train. They do need consistent leadership otherwise they may become stubborn.

Vizslas need plenty of exercise on a daily basis and need to be able to run or jog daily.

They also enjoy playing games. Wizslas are usually friendly towards other dogs and animals.

Although Coarse-Haired Vizlas can be quite energetic and playful, they are also very lovable and gentle. As such, they make terrific pets for families with children. They typically get along well with other dogs; however, due to their strong hunting instincts, they may not interact well with small pets such as cats, rodents and rabbits.

Appearance

Shedding
Little
Grooming
Low Maintenance

For you to keep your Hungarian Coarse-Haired Vizla in good condition, you will want to brush its hair once or twice a week with a firm bristle brush. When bathing your pet, be sure to use a mild soap that is made specially for dogs and check each ear for any excess wax buildup. Finally, if you need to cut your Coarse-Haired Vizla's nails, take extra care not to cut into the veins that grow within each nail.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy to train
  • There are only about 2,500 to 3,000 Coarse-Haired Vizlas in the world and approximately 400 to 450 of them can be found in the US
  • The breed is recognized by several major kennel clubs including the Federation Cynologique Internationale, United Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club, American Rare Breed Association, Kennel Club of the UK and the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association
  • Some people think that Irish Setters and Bloodhounds may have been used in the development of Hungarian Coarse-Haired Vizlas as well
  • Hungarian Coarse-Haired Vizlas were created in Hungary by crossing certain Vizlas with German Wirehaired Pointers
  • Although they are mainly used for hunting purposes, due to their friendly and gentle disposition, Coarse-Haired Vizlas make excellent companions and family pets as well

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Common Health Conditions in Wirehaired Vizslas

Although Hungarian Coarse-Haired Vizlas are not generally considered unhealthy dogs, there are a few health problems that they may be prone to developing such as hip dysplasia, megaoesophagus, food allergies and hypothyroidism. Other health issues they may be susceptible to developing include ectropion, entropion, epilepsy and sebaceous adenitis.

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