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 ideal owner for this breed is someone who wants a dog to live in his or her home and be included in family activities, especially outdoors. Wirehaired Viszlas are athletic needing plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. They are happiest with a job to do, eager to please and easy to train using positive methods.
Did You Know?
The Wirehaired Vizsla is AKC's 180th breed.
The Wiredhaired Vizsla has been assigned the Sporting Group designation.
The first three-generation Wirehaired Vizsla ever to be shown was Dia de Selle, on June 6, 1943 in Hungary.
The Hungarian Vizsla Klub held the first field tests exclusively for Wirehaired Vizslas in 1976 and a total of 26 dogs were entered.
The first Wirehaired Vizsla registered in NAVHDA #WV-000001 was Palotasmenti Jutka (Female), owned by Sandor Arany who also got the first UT Prize, a Prize 2 in 1986.
At the April 2013 Board Meeting the Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America became the official parent club for the Wirehaired Vizsla. The Wirehaired Vizsla became eligible for AKC registration, June 1, 2014 and was eligible to compete in the Sporting Group, effective July 2, 2014.
At the January 2008 Board Meeting three new breeds were added to the Foundation Stock Service Program - the Eurasier, Jindo and Wirehaired Vizsla.
The first Wirehaired Vizslas in North America were imported to Canada in the early 1970's by Manitoba sportsman Wesley Basler.
The idea for a Wirehaired Vizsla breed came from Hungarian hunters and falconers who wanted a dog able to withstand hunting in the harsh winter conditions of northern Hungary.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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