(Wirehaired VEESH-la) (Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, Hungarian Wire-haired Pointing Dog, or Drotzörü Magyar Vizsla)The cheerful Wirehaired Vizsla is a medium to large breed dog. They have a rough, dull, russet gold coats and water repellant undercoats. Their lovable faces and square heads are accentuated by their long, bearded muzzle (the beard is one difference between this breed and the traditional Vizsla) and powerful jaws. The breed should have a scissor, not a level, bite. Their eyes are medium sized eyes should be about the same shade as their coats, and the whites of their eyes should not be visible. A broad, muscular neck forms a bridge between their friendly faces and their well-muscled bodies designed for hunting. Their front legs should be short while their back legs are longer. Its robust chest is deep but not as deep as other hunting breeds, such as the Labrador Retriever. Many owners decide to dock their tails. Their feet should be small and round like a cat’s instead of long and narrow like a rabbit’s.
Wirehaired Vizslas are extremely gentle and intelligent. They can be protective of their family but can also be high strung and wary of loud noises so early socialization is critical. They are very obedient and learn quickly. However, it is important to keep them occupied because they can quickly become bored and will resort to destructive chewing for entertainment. They can sometimes be stubborn when it comes to following commands. Because they are energetic dogs, they are perfect for hunting, agility, and tracking. However, without enough exercise they can become very hard to deal with. Otherwise, it is a loyal breed, cheerful, and affectionate breed.
The Wirehaired Vizsla is prone to hip dysplasia. Other potential risks are cancer, epilepsy, thyroid disorders, and von Willebrand’s disease. Wirehaired Vizslas have a life expectance of approximately 12 to 15 years.
The Wirehaired Vizsla, like most modern breeds, was a product of selective breeding. In the 1930s, breeders realized the Vizslas with thicker coats were more protected from water which would give them a hunting advantage. Vasas Jozsef decided to cross a thick-coated Vizsla with a German Wirehaired Pointer. The Wirehaired Vizsla was the result.
Wirehaired Vizslas do not require much maintenance, so they are perfect for dog owners who have little time or money to spend on grooming. Their nails do need to stay trimmed, and they should be brushed occasionally. They shed some but not as much as many other breeds. With Wirehaired Vizslas, the main concern is giving them plenty of exercise because they were used for hunting, retrieving, and as pointers so if they are simply house dogs or companions they may become frustrated, destructive, and even neurotic. To prevent that, it is important to let them run in a secure area and to take them on long walks.
To be happy, Wirehaired Vizslas need a yard, preferably a large yard where they can run off leash. The breed would be best with an active family who has time to give it plenty of exercise and attention. It does well with other dogs and children. Since the breed was designed for hunting, small animals might not be a good idea. Wirehaired Vizslas should not live in an apartment and need owners who are firm enough to combat the breed’s stubbornness.
Because of this breeds strong affection and bonding to its family, they do not make good kennel dogs and are happiest living in the home as a member of the family.
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