Wirehaired Vizsla

Wirehaired Vizsla

Group: Sporting Dogs

Origin: Hungary

– Male: 22.5 to 25 inches (57 to 64 cm)
– Female: 21 to 23.5 inches (53 to 60 cm)

Weight: Between 48.5 and 66 lbs (22-30 kg)

 Wire Haired Vizsla

TAN, UKC CH. Zoldmali Ivan
Imported from Hungary, pictured at 10 months of age
Owned by Carolyn DeFiore, Michigan
Vidor Wirehaired Vizslas, www.wirehairedvizslas.com

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Breed Profile

The Wirehaired Vizsla originated in Hungary around the 1930s. In an effort to produce a Vizsla with a more protective coat for work in water and rough conditions on land, the Smooth Vizsla was crossed with the German Wirehaired Pointer. It is also believed that the Bloodhound, Irish Setter, as well as the Hertha Pointer and Pudel Pointer were introduced during the development of the breed to produce the Hungarian Wirehaired Pointer — a stronger and more robust breed than the Smooth Vizsla.

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a robust dog with a much stronger bone structure and slightly larger frame than the Smooth Vizsla. He shares many of the Smooth Vizsla’s characteristics, such as intelligence, devotion, an even temperament with excellent scenting abilities. The Wirehaired loves water and has a very strong retrieving instinct.

The Wirehaired Vizsla has a tough wiry coat that is dark yellow and should be even in colour throughout. The outer coat is coarse and hard and about 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 inches in length.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Vizsla puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. For the Vizsla, health clearances should include OFA, OVC or PennHIP certified clear of Hip Dysplasia; CERF certification for eyes diseases; as well as testing and clearances for Thyroid disorders, and Congenital Heart Disease. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main General Information page.)

Additional Health Resources:

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.


Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.


Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website covers several sports and activities and also includes listings of non-breed specific Dog Clubs from across Canada.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.
  • www.vizsladogs.com — Online Vizsla encyclopedia.


Breed Listing

*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit: www.caninehealthinfo.org

*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.

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