Breed Organization Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America Website:
http://www.whvca.us/ Native Country Hungary Other Names Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, Hungarian Wire-Haired Pointing Dog, Hungarian Pointing Dog, Wirehaired Vizsla Life Expectancy Approximately 12-15 Years Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group Gun Dog, AKC - FSS
Breed Appearance The Wirehaired Vizsla is a wire-coated hunting
dog, with a distinguished appearance and bearing. They have a lean
build and are very robust. The coat is an attractive russet to
golden sand in color. Where permitted the tail may be docked to
three-fourths of its original length.
Breed Description Head: Chiseled, dignified. Moderately
wide, slightly domed skull. Moderate stop. Straight nosebridge.
Broad muzzle. Well-developed nose. Chestnut, fairly tight lips. Eyes: Slightly oval, the darker the better, matching coat
color. Brown eyelids. Body: Slightly elongated but powerful. Neck medium in length,
well-muscled, slightly curved, without dewlap. Pronounced withers.
Chest moderately wide, well let-down. Moderately curved ribs. Level
loin. Straight, short back. Slightly rounded croup. Tail: Set on fairly low, moderately thick. Tip curving slightly
upward. Usually docked by one-fourth. Docked by one-third in
wirehaired variety. Hair: Short, dense, straight, harsh. Lying flat and silkier on
the ears. Beard on the chin. Short and crisp on the head. Thick,
hard eyebrows. Hard and dense on the neck and trunk, 2 to 4 cm long.
Dense undercoat. Longer on the backs of the legs. Dense and thick on
the tail. Coat: Dark golden or a shade of sable fawn. Tiny white spots on
the chest and feet. Dotting is not a fault. Size: Shorthaired variety: dog: 56 to 61 cm ( 22-24 in); bitch:
52 to 57 cm (20.5-22.5 in). - Wirehaired variety: dog: 58 to 62 cm
(22.8-24.5 in) ; bitch: 54 to 58 cm (21-22.8 in). Weight: Shorthaired variety: 22 to 30 kg. (48.5-66 lb).-
Wirehaired variety: 25 to 32 kg. (55-70.5 lb).
History The Hungarian Pointing Dog comes in two
varieties:- Shorthaired (r�vidsz�r�): This is the older variety. Its
ancestors include the Hungarian Pointing Dog, the Turkish Yellow
Dog, and the Sloughi. The first specimens with the current
comformation appeared by the early eighteenth century. The variety
received blood from other hunting dogs, including the German
Pointing Dog. The Shorthaired Hungarian Pointing Dog is the more
popular variety in France and was recognized by the FCI in 1938.-
Wirehaired (drotsz�r�): This variety dates to the 1930s and is
believed to be the result of crosses between the shorthaired variety
and the Drahthaar.
Behavior This lively, very adaptable dog with an
excellent nose is skilled on rough terrain and tolerates heat well.
He does not search widely, preferring to hunt near his owner. He
points precisely, retrieves well, and is a good swimmer. The
shorthaired variety has a swifter gallop and is thus preferred in
flat areas. The wirehaired variety excels on small quarry, including
woodcock, and is used in tracking wounded large game. Both are
even-tempered and very comfortable in a family. They need firm but
not harsh training.
Health Prone to hip dysplasia.
Advice He needs space and exercise, as well as regular
brushing and checking of the ears.