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Wirehaired Vizsla
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The idea of a Wirehaired Vizsla came mainly from hunters and falconers in Hungary beginning in the 1930s. Their goal was to create a breed with outstanding traits of the Hungarian Vizsla and of the same color, but with a somewhat heavier and sturdier build and a thick wiry coat to be more resistant to extreme winter weather and rough field conditions. Their plan was eventually approved and overseen by the Hungarian Vizsla Klub. Vasas Jozsef, owner of Csaba Vizsla Kennels and Gresznarik Laszlo, owner of de Selle Kennels, bred two Vizsla bitches, Csibi and Zsuzsi, to a solid brown German Wirehaired Pointer, Astor von Pottatal. From those litters, a male, Csabai Lurko, and a female, Csabai Lidi, were mated and produced Dia de Selle, the first three-generation Wirehaired Vizsla ever to be exhibited. By 1944, 60 dogs were registered in the Vizsla Klub stud book.

After many years of effort, the Wirehaired Vizsla was recognized as an independent breed under standard # 239 by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1966. With FCI recognition, fanciers in other European countries began importing Wirehaired Vizsla, with kennels now found in Germany, France, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Finland, as well as in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary. The first Wirehaired Vizsla was imported into the UK in the late 1970s. The first Wirehaired Vizslas were imported to North America in the early 70s, recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club in 1977 and by the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) in 1986. By January 2008, over 500 Wirehaired Vizslas have been registered by NAVHDA since 1986.





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