The Wirehaired Vizsla is a Hungarian hunting dog with gold-rust fur and a dense wiry coat. They tend to be medium-sized and lean.
The males weigh in at about 55-65 pounds, and the females come in at around 45-55. It’s also the national symbol of Hungary. Here are 10 more fun facts you may not know about the Wirehaired Vizsla.
Only slightly different from its cousin
The cousin is the Vizsla. The two are mainly distinguishable by their coats. The Vizsla has a sleek coat while the Wirehaired Vizsla has a wiry coat.
The Wirehaired Vizsla is also slightly larger and heavier than the Vizsla. Both have the same coat colors as well as the same facial features. Both also have the same color eyes.
The Wirehaired Vizsla is called a pointer because it signals by pointing. It’s capable of hunting on land and in the water with equal success.
It enjoys swimming which is why it’s capable of hunting in water as well as on land. Having to hike to get to prime hunting spots is nothing to the dog as well. It enjoys high energy exercise. It likes to run too so chasing down prey or retrieving is just play to this great dog.
They are also excellent trackers with a good nose and a lot of stamina. Due to their dense coat, they can handle the cold better than their cousins.
Loves children but cats, not so much
The Wirehaired Vizsla loves attention and lots of play so being around children is ideal for them. They’re very smart and trainable so use as a watchdog is achievable as well. They tend to only like cats they’re raised with so keeping them away from outside cats is a must.
Facial hair has a nickname
The Wirehaired Vizsla has a beautiful face full of character its with bushy eyebrows and beard. All of these facial hair is called “furnishings.”
Immigrants to the United States
The Wirehaired Vizsla was bred in Hungary from the Vizsla and the German Wirehaired Pointer. They immigrated to the United States about the 70s.
These dogs were brought in by sport hunters needing a dog capable of working in all kinds of terrain. They also wanted a god that could work with falcons. The American Kennel Club didn’t recognize them as a Foundation Breed until 2014. They are 180 in the registry. They are classified as a Sport Dog.
The Wirehaired Vizsla breed was developed by two men in the 1930s in Hungary with the sole purpose of hunting. It was bred to have a water-resistant coat and a keen nose so it could hunt in the water as well as on different terrain on land.
It’s a rare breed with only about 2,000 to 3,000 recorded in the entire world. In Hungary, only 30 litters are registered each year. That’s not a lot compared to the rest of the dog populations in the world.
The newness of the breed as well as the fact it needs a great deal of training and attention maybe a few of the reasons why there are more dogs.
Loves to be challenged
Challenged by both physical and mental exercise. Primarily hunting dogs, they are also excellent in agility, obedience, and speed events – top speed is 40mph.
Training of any sort that requires them to pay attention and react quickly is ideal for them. If they aren’t kept challenged, things can get worse.
They can develop behavioral issues including being very destructive. They can also develop mental illness issues. Normally calm, they can become restive, disobedient, and much worse.
Dog owners, especially hunters, will like hearing this. The Wirehaired Vizsla only needs a good brushing to help get rid of loose hair.
It doesn’t shed a great deal so even running a coarse cloth over its fur will help clean the coat. It can be bathed with dry shampoo as its undercoat is water-resistant. A full-on bath is only necessary if the dog gets heavily covered in mud.
This will require a complete brushing of the entire body prior to bathing or the mud will just stick to the undercoat. Nail trimming is an occasional chore as well since all the running the dog does tend to wear its nails down naturally.
It’s suggested right after being out on a hunt, the dog be well checked for ticks as well as any small injuries it sustained while out. The undercoat especially will need to be looked through. These will require immediate attention.
Healthy but not
The Wirehaired Vizsla tends to be a robust dog. It can live between 12 and 15 years of age. However, the breed is known to have conditions that are inheritable.
This means the condition of one or both of the parents can be passed down to the puppies. Conditions can include epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Other conditions the dog might develop over the course of its life include elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and ear infections. Regular check-ups are a must for this breed.
This dog is very loving, highly intelligent, and quite sensitive. Harsh words and punishments will not get the desired result from the dog.
In fact, this type of treatment could cause behavioral issues with the dog. It’s suggested that training with lots of praise, repetitive and consistent techniques and treats be used.
These tend to get the best results during the training and socializing of the Wirehaired Vizsla. It’s also recommended training be started while its still a young pup.
As you can see, the Wirehaired Vizsla makes a fantastic hunting companion and, with proper training and supervision, can be an equally wonderful family pet. It is considered one of the “Velcro” dogs as it requires a lot of love and attention and prefers to be with its owner more than anything.