The Wire-Haired Vizsla

Many of us know a Vizsla when we see it, but fewer of us have ever gotten to see a Wire-Haired Vizsla, a dog that’s a little larger and heavier-boned than its smooth cousin (and yes, the Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla is a considered a separate breed). The HWV was developed in Hungary in the 1930s by hunters wishing for a more substantial dog able to work in colder climate. They accomplished this by crossing the Vizsla (smooth coat) with the German Wirehaired Pointer. Some sources suggests that the Irish Setter, Pudelpointer, and were also introduced in the breed’s early development.

The breed was first recognized in Europe by the FCI in 1966 (the first Wirehaired Vizsla shown at Crufts was in 1980). In the 70s, it was introduced to North America, and in 1983, it was recognized by the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association. The United Kennel Club recognized the breed in 2006, and are also recognized by the American Rare Breed Association), American Field registeries, and by the Canadian Kennel Club. They also can now be registered with AKC FSS. The first Wiredhaired Vizsla litter in this country was born in March, 1992.

Image: Wirehaired Vizsla by Steven Nesbitt 

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