Wirehaired Vizsla

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Wirehaired Vizsla History

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a large Hungarian breed of sporting gundog. The Wirehaired Vizsla is a distant cousin of the Weimaraner, and shares many characteristics of the two, such as intelligence and tri-color coats. The Wirehaired Vizsla is a medium-large sized, intelligent, and energetic working dog. The breed standard calls for a coat that is wire-hair, meaning harsh, wiry, and straight. The coat must be salt-and-pepper colored, as specific shades are undesirable; however, white markings are tolerated on the chest. The tail and feet are feathered. The Wirehaired Vizsla originated in Hungary. The “Viz” part of the name means “pointer”, referring to the English Pointer, and the “wire hair” refers to the type of coat. The “V-Double” in the name refers to the fact that there are two varieties of the breed, viz., long-haired and short-haired. The first description of the “Wire-Haired” Vizsla was in the March 1885 issue of The Kennel Gazette.

Time of Origin

Middle Ages

Country of Origin



Turkish Yellow Dog, Transylvanian Hound, Weimaraner

Wirehaired Vizsla Physical Characteristics

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a small, medium-to-large-sized hybrid breed that typically stands between 18 and 23 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 45 and 70 pounds. They have long, lean body and a wedge-shaped head with domed skull. Their coat is thick and wiry, and comes in a variety of colors. Their eyes can be blue, amber or bluish-amber. They are strong, athletic and well-muscled. They tend to be reserved and alert. This breed is intelligent and eager to learn.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 23 – 25 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 25 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 45 – 60 lbs

Female Weight Range: 40 – 55 lbs

Wirehaired Vizsla Health

Description of breed health.


10-14 yrs

Wirehaired Vizsla Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Hip Dysplasia, Hemophilia A

Wirehaired Vizsla Temperament and Behaviour

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a friendly and sociable breed of hunting and pointing dog. They are protective of their territory, but are also eager to please their owners. They are highly intelligent, but also independent thinkers. They may attempt to train themselves rather than listen to commands from their owners. They are extremely athletic and energetic, and require a lot of physical and mental exercise.

Wirehaired Vizsla Activity Requirements

Wirehaired Vizslas are a hunting dog that originated in Hungary. They are a very active, energetic, and inquisitive breed that requires a good deal of exercise and attention from their human companions. A daily walk or jog will help to keep your Wirehaired Vizsla happy, healthy, and well-behaved. They enjoy running and chasing small prey, so give them plenty of room to play. An off-leash dog park is a great place for a high-energy dog to release some pent-up energy. Due to their high energy levels, Wirehaired Vizlas do best in homes with fenced-in yards. Their strong prey drive makes them excellent watchdogs and outdoor companions. If left outside with no supervision, they will likely hunt small animals.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Wirehaired Vizsla is part of the Sporting group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Wirehaired Vizsla is part of the group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Wirehaired Vizsla is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Wirehaired Vizsla is part of the Sporting group.

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