When well groomed, the close-lying wire coat is relatively low shedding.
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.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Wirehaired Viszla is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The breed's wiry coat should be kept in its natural state, with occasional brushing, bathing and stripping to tidy up furnishings. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
WVs are first and foremost hardworking gundogs known as peerless pointers. Like Continental Europe’s other sporting breeds, WVs were bred for versatility and durability—traits still prized by hunters in Europe and, increasingly, North America. WVs make excellent housedogs: loyal, steady, trainable, affectionate, and generally agreeable with kids and other dogs. They are, however, born athletes who require regular exercise and mental stimulation. Harsh training won’t work with these sensitive souls. But when you make training fun, WVs are always red, willing, and able.
Wirehaired Vizsla &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Wirehaired Viszlas are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Wirehaired Viszla can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.