The Wirehaired Vizsla
The Wirehaired Vizsla is a versatile, medium-sized hunting dog that possesses an excellent nose for hunting and tracking, as well as a natural point and retrieve. Although similar to the more common smooth-coated Vizsla in many ways, the Wirehaired Vizsla is a distinctly separate breed. The most obvious difference is its one to two-inch long dense wiry coat, which is golden rust in colour to help the dogs blend into dried grasses and brush in the field.
In the 1930s, the hunters and falconers of Hungary wanted to create a breed with the same traits and colour of the Vizsla, but one that could more easily withstand extreme weather and rough field conditions. The plan was to develop a dog with a heavier, sturdier build and wiry coat. To do so, Vizslas were bred to a solid liver German Wirehaired Pointer. The first Wirehaired Vizslas were imported to North America in the early 1970s.
Is this the breed for you? Gentle, outgoing, and friendly, Wirehaired Vizslas make loyal family companions. They are intelligent and trainable for hunting as well as other sports such as agility and obedience. Due to the athletic nature of the Wirehaired Vizsla, regular exercise is a necessity. The breed's wiry coat should be kept in its natural state, with occasional brushing, bathing, and stripping to tidy up.