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Wirehaired Vizsla

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Species group:

Other name(s): WHV; Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla; Drótszoru Magyar Vizsla

The basics:
The Wirehaired Vizsla was developed in Hungary in the 1930s by crossbreeding the Hungarian Vizsla and the German Wirehaired Pointer. According to the Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America (WHVCA), "Pudelpointer, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Irish setter and possibly even a Bloodhound were believed to have been used at one time." The goal of this breeding program was to create a cold weather dog for hunters and falconers with a heavier frame and coat than the Vizsla.

As you might imagine of a dog that can work with falcon and human as part of a three-species hunting team, the WHV is intelligent, calm, and capable of working in the field for long hours. Recognized in Europe and the UK for years, the WHV was accepted as a breed by the AKC in 2014.

Appearance / health:
The Wirehaired Vizsla is a medium-sized lively dog with a harsh, wiry coat. The head is lean and noble. The skull is moderately wide between the ears, and a little longer than the muzzle. The muzzle is tapering, but squared at the end. The nostrils are well developed, broad, and wide. The jaws are strong and powerful. The lips are not loose or pendulous. It has a distinctive moustache and hairy eyebrows. The color of the nose is brown.

The eyes are neither deep nor prominent. They are of medium size, and a shade darker than the coat. The ears are moderately low set, proportionately long, and hanging down close to the cheeks. The neck is strong, smooth, and muscular, without a dewlap. The shoulders are well laid and muscular.

The chest is moderately broad and deep with a prominent breast bone. The back is short and well muscled, and withers are high. The feet are round with short, arched toes. The tail is moderately thick and rather low set.

Not much grooming is required for this breed. Regular brushing with a firm bristle brush and occasional dry shampooing are sufficient. They are bathed only when necessary with a mild soap. The nails may need regular clipping. These dogs are average shedders.

These dogs are energetic working dogs with enormous stamina, which need plenty of opportunity to run, preferably off the leash, and a lot of regular exercise. The Wirehaired Vizsla needs adequate exercise, without which they may become destructive. At least an hour of daily exercise is essential.

The Vizsla is a healthy breed with few complications. Hip dysplasia (deformation of the hip joints leading to lameness) has been noticed in some dogs, but is not unduly common.

Behavior / temperament:
The Wirehaired Vizsla is usually bred for hunting fur and feather. It is used for pointing and retrieving, on land as well as in water. It also adapts to life as a family companion. It is fearless and has a well-developed protective instinct. This breed is intelligent and obedient, and therefore easily trained. It also does well in tracking and competitive obedience.

They are natural hunters with an excellent ability to be trained. They are not only capable pointers but also outstanding retrievers. The Vizsla is not an unduly difficult dog to train as long as there is consistency and firmness in the training. They are intelligent and eager to learn and to please. It should be remembered that this dog is sensitive, and therefore training should be carried out in a gentle manner. This breed needs to be socialized and accustomed to noises at an early age.

They are not noisy except when bored.

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