Home   »   Breeds   »   Wirehaired Vizsla

Get to know the

Wirehaired Vizsla

Looking for a Wirehaired Vizsla?

AKC Meet the Breeds®

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a versatile, medium-sized hunting dog that possesses an excellent nose for hunting and tracking, as well as a natural point and retrieve. Although similar to the more common smooth-coated Vizsla in many ways, the WHV is a distinctly separate breed. The most obvious difference is its 1-2 inch long dense wiry coat, which is golden rust in color to help the dogs blend into dried grasses and brush in the field.

A Look Back

In the 1930s, the hunters and falconers of Hungary wanted to create a breed with the same traits and color of the Vizsla, but one that could more easily withstand extreme weather and rough field conditions. The plan to develop a dog with a heavier, sturdier build and wiry coat was eventually approved and overseen by the Hungarian Vizsla Klub. Two Vizsla bitches were bred to a solid liver German Wirehaired Pointer and by 1944, 60 three-generation dogs were registered in the stud book. The first Wirehaired Vizslas were imported to North America in the early 1970s.

Right Breed for You?

Gentle, outgoing and friendly, Wirehaired Vizslas make loyal family companions. They are intelligent and trainable for hunting as well as other sports such as agility and obedience. Due to the athletic nature of the WHV, regular exercise is a necessity. The breed's wiry coat should be kept in its natural state, with occasional brushing, bathing and stripping to tidy up furnishings.

If you are considering purchasing a Wirehaired Vizsla puppy, learn more here.

  • Miscellaneous class; Sporting group designation.
  • Ranging in size from 21.5 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Versatile hunting dog.

© The American Kennel Club, Inc.