Bred by Hungarian hunters and falconers who wanted a gun dog that can hunt despite the harsh winter conditions in Northern Hungary, it’s no secret then that Wirehaired Vizslas make excellent hunting dogs. Not only that, they have a level personality that makes them well-suited for families. A versatile and natural hunter, the Wirehaired Vizsla is born with an excellent nose and has an above average trainability. Despite being lively, gentle mannered and affectionate, this gun dog can also be fearless and possess a protective instinct.The Wirehaired Vizsla has a firmness on point, is an excellent retriever and can remain on the scent when swimming. These hunting dogs bear the looks of a multipurpose pointing dog but is calm and gentle around the house.
The most helpful hunting dogs are those with an excellent nose and the Wirehaired Vizsla is one of those. With their powerful nose, this gun dog can hunt and track feather and fur while on land as well as on water. They are also a natural at pointing and retrieving. For this hunting dog, any critter with feathers is fair game. They also readily take to water. This gun dog also likes to stay close to their owners when hunting. Most of the time, Wirehaired Vizslas are used to hunt gamebirds and upland gamebirds tend to be their favorite. Hunters who are interested in this kind of hunting dog can contact gun dog breeders who specifically breed Wirehaired Vizslas. This way, all the pertinent questions that will be asked can be answered.
A Wirehaired Vizsla is easy to train but only if you employ a gentle approach. This gun dog has a strong desire to please and as such, will do anything you want them to but only if they understand exactly what you want. When these hunting dogs fail, it’s most likely due to them not understanding what they were supposed to do.Owners might find that quality a bit rebellious but that’s not the case – they just don’t understand. This is why they should be trained with mostly positive techniques and minimal corrections. Over-correcting this hunting dog when training leads them to shut down. All this said, training a Wirehaired Vizsla takes a lot of time and requires even more patience. But other than that, they are pretty easy to train because they are cooperative and appreciative hunting dogs.
An average-sized pointing breed, a male Wirehaired Vizsla is 23 to 25 inches at the withers and weighs 55 to 60 pounds. On the other hand, the females are 22 to 23.5 inches and weigh 50 to 55 pounds. The tail of this gun dog is one-fourth or one-third docked. Since this hunting dog breed has influences of a German wirehair, they tend to be heavier boned than a Vizsla. A range of coat colors can be found in this hunting dog breed, from sandy gold to russet gold. They also have a double coat: a soft undercoat for warmth and a harsh, wiry outercoat that serves as protection.
A Wirehaired Viszla is affectionate and people-loving. They are natural charmers that get along with family, friends and even strangers. They do well with other hunting dogs, other family pets and children. Although they bark when seeing strangers, they don’t really make good watchdogs.
The wiry coat of this hunting dog breed should be kept in its natural state but it does require brushing on occasion. A Wirehaired Vizsla should also be bathed and stripped occasionally to tidy up furnishings. These hunting dogs also have fast-growing nails that should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should also be checked on a regular basis to avoid a buildup of wax and debris that can lead to an infection. Their teeth should also be brushed regularly.
Although a generally healthy gun dog breed, there might be some health issues associated with a Wirehaired Vizsla. Chief among their health concerns are hip dysplasia and eye disease. The Wirehaired Vizsla has an average life span between 12 and 15 years. Great hunting dogs.