The Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla (HWV) is physically a little larger and heavier-boned than its smooth cousin, the Vizsla (Hungarian Vizsla). Its coat is coarse and wirey, while still being uniform in color, like the smooth Vizsla’s, with nose and eyes that blend with the coat color. They have a beard and bushy eyebrows, giving them an intelligent expression. The coat is various shades from rust to russet gold.
In countries where docking is permitted, the tail may be docked by 1/4. In many countries, including the breed's homeland of Hungary, it is common for tails to be left full (undocked).
The HWV's temperament is calm, gentle and extremely loyal. Its sensitive nature makes this breed one that does not respond well to heavy handed training or harsh discipline. It has a lively, outgoing personality which often has a comical side. In addition to being a superb hunting dog, they are equally at home being a loved family pet.
In Europe and the UK, the HWV is well-known as a deerstalker and is also a favorite of falconers. This breed is a strong swimmer, enjoys the water, and is a natural water retriever. Because it is one of the versatile gun dog breeds, it must be able to work in the field, forest and water, and hunt both fur and feather.
The HWV's easy going and adaptable nature make it a wonderful family companion dog in addition to being a superb hunting companion. Because of its keen desire to be with people, this breed does not make a good kennel dog.
The Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla (HWV) is a completely separate breed from its more commonly seen smooth-coated cousin, the Vizsla. The HWV was developed in Hungary in the 1930s by the crossing the Hungarian (smooth) Vizsla and the German Wirehaired Pointer, to get a dog with both a more substantial frame, and a heavier coat, to be more suitable for working in the colder weather. History also suggests that the Pudelpointer, Griffon and Irish Setter were added in the early development of the breed.
The Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla is considered a rare breed in the United States. The breed was first recognized in Europe by the FCI, under the Hungarian Standard in 1966. Introduced to North America in the 1970's, they were first recognized by NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) in 1983, then in 2006 by the UKC (United Kennel Club). They are also recognized by in North America by the ARBA (American Rare Breed Association), as well as American Field (Field Dog Stud Book) registeries and by the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club). They also can now be registered with AKC.
**Please note**The Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla is a totally separate breed from the Hungarian (smooth) Vizsla. Crossbreeding of the two breeds results in mixed breed pups, not purebreds, and the pups are NOT registerable with UKC, NAVHDA, CKC, AKC, or any other reputable registry .
The Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla Standard:
FCI standard (Europe) UKC standard (USA)
Read an article on the breed here in the Versatile Hunting Dog magazine, written by Rick Horn of KY
Rick is owner of one of our pups, GR CH Vidor's Austin, NA,TAN
better known as "Turk"