Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla
The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla is a relatively new breed, created in the early 1900’s. It was developed by Gamekeepers who wanted a good working dog with a more serviceable coat than the smooth vizsla. There are several breeds of continental dogs attributed to the creation of what is today’s HWV, including the GWP and Pudelpointer. The Pudelpointer can still be found on some of the older pedigrees even now.
The HWV is a medium sized dog with an honest, easy going and relaxed nature generally; however there are exceptions as with all breeds. They can be hesitant with strangers at first, often making friends after a short time of contemplation. Then you have a friend for life as they are very loyal.
HWV’s usually need minimal training for the house, and their natural ability in the field makes them a popular choice for the rough shooter. Slightly quicker to mature than their smooth cousin - becoming a reliable working dog between the age of 2 to 3. Sometimes the hardest part of training a HWV is getting it to go hunt away from you, which can be a handicap! A sensitive breed which will fall apart if handled harshly, but given basic training and kind handling, can work proficiently and faithfully in many disciplines including Working Trials and Falconry.
HWV’s can be long living – sometimes to 13 or 14 years old, and often appear to be a young dog until about 10!
Hip dysplasia is a problem and all breeding stock should be tested prior to mating. The breed has had cases of Entropian and Ectropian and sensitive skin. More recently urate stone disorder has been found in the breed. In order to encourage breeders to test for this condition the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Association is offering a refund on the cost of testing. For more information see the HUU link below.
- HUU Information (external link opens in a new window)