Also known as the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, the Wirehaired Vizsla is an energetic and affectionate breed. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.
The origin of the Wirehaired Vizsla can be traced back to 1930’s Hungary. Breeders Vasas Jozsef and Gresznarik Laszlo bred two female Vizslas with a German Wirehaired Pointer, in hopes of creating a superior falcon hunting dog, and the Wirehaired Vizsla was finally born.
During the 1970’s, the Wirehaired Vizsla’s importation was growing steadily, with specimens reaching Europe and North America.
In January of 2009, the Wirehaired Vizsla was recognized by the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service, and categorized into the Sporting Breed.
Today, while the Wirehaired Vizsla has attained an underground popularity as a hunting, show, and companion dog, the breed remains rather rare outside of its native Hungary.
Best known for its gentle and friendly nature, the Wirehaired Vizsla thrives on strong and dependable relationships with humans. This breed is highly intelligent and easily trainable. As a pet, the Wirehaired Vizsla is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate. These dogs enjoy spending time outdoors, swimming, and playing games such as fetch and frisbee.
Due to its need for human attention and eagerness to be near its owner, the Wirehaired Vizsla generally responds well to basic training and commands. This breed is very bright and has the ability to learn to perform most any task its trainer is willing to take the time to teach.
Establishing immediate trust and respect is key to successfully training the Wirehaired Vizsla. These dogs can be somewhat sensitive to criticism and respond best to positive reinforcement and reward-based training.
Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed
There are many benefits to owning a Wirehaired Vizsla, such as its surprisingly no hassle, low maintenance coat. This breed is very intelligent, easily trainable, and capable of learning to perform many impressive tricks and tasks. When properly socialized from a young age, the Wirehaired Vizsla gets along well with children and other pets, known for its sweet and gentle approach to small children. The Wirehaired Vizsla is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate, making an excellent family pet and companion alike.
Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning a Wirehaired Vizsla. These energetic and athletic dogs require large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. A Wirehaired Vizsla not receiving the proper amount of exercise and space will often act out by destroying property, chewing, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.
The Wirehaired Vizsla has a strong instinct to hunt and will occasionally indulge in a good chase. When on the run, these dogs are very quick, and may pose a threat to other animals, neighborhood pets, and small woodland creatures. The Wirehaired Vizsla must be leashed or properly secured at all times when outdoors.
Like many companion breeds, the Wirehaired Vizsla is known to suffer from separation anxiety. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed who travel frequently, have full time work, or are away from the home on a daily basis are advised to begin researching another breed. During an attack of separation anxiety, the Wirehaired Vizsla will act out of nervous destruction and may destroy property, chew, bark, whine, and ignore housebreaking training.
As previously mentioned, the Wirehaired Vizsla remains rather rare outside of its native Hungary and can prove difficult to obtain. Individuals wishing to purchase this breed often encounter such challenges as inability to locate a breeder, extremely high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.
Common Health Concerns
While the Wirehaired Vizsla is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: hip dysplasia, dysphagia-megaeosophagus – difficulty swallowing and muscle wasting in the throat, hypothyroidism, various dental issues, food allergies, entropian – folding inward of the eye lid, ectropian – folding outward of the eye lid, epilepsy, and bloat.
Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own a Wirehaired Vizsla? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.