Country of OriginHungary
Nicknames and Other NamesDrótszőrű magyar vizsla,
Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupSporting Group
Bred ForHunting and pointing game
Recognized ByKC, AKC, FCI, ANKC
Life Span12-14 years
Ideal WeightMale: 55-65 pounds
Female: 45-55 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 23-25 inches
Female: 21.5-23 inches
Fur TypeDense, wiry
Common ColorsGolden Rust
MarkingsWhite markings
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToWirehaired Pointing Griffon

The Wirehaired Vizsla is a medium-sized, versatile hunting dog which is an active, gentle, and calm companion that do great as a family companion. They do not do well in an apartment as they require a high level of activity. So, a house with a well-fenced yard is suitable for them. The owner should be an active human being who enjoys jogging and running.

The Wirehaired Vizsla is very much similar to its close cousin Vizsla. It has a graceful movement that is important while it is on for hunting. The head is strong and well-proportion with the body. The ears are slightly long that hangs close to the cheek.

The wire coat makes this breed different from many other breeds. They have a bushy eyebrow that enhances their expression and a harsh beard which is 1 inch in length.

Origin and History

The origin of the Wirehaired Vizsla was in Hungary developed in the 19th century. They were developed by crossing Vizslas and German Wirehaired Pointer by the breeder named Vasas Jozsef. The goal was to achieve a heavier and sturdier build with a thick coat that can protect them from extreme cold weather. They were used for hunting.

Wirehaired Vizsla History
An old picture of Wirehaired Vizsla.
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The American Kennel Club recognized Wirehaired Vizsla as a member of the Sporting Group in 2013. The Canadian Kennel Club recognized this breed in 1978 and the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association recognize in 1986.

Is the Wirehaired Vizsla Child-Friendly?

The Wirehaired Vizsla does well with children of all age. As an active hunting dog, it makes a great playmate for kids. However, its energy can be too much for small kids. Therefore, proper supervision is necessary while letting them play with your children.

Also, teach your kids to approach dogs and be gentle with them.

Wirehaired Vizsla is child-friendly
Wirehaired Vizsla Sitting On a Boy’s Lap.
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Temperament, behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The Wirehaired Vizsla has a gentle and friendly temperament. They adore their people and are very loyal to them. Its easy-going temperament makes him an excellent companion for a family However, he is more attached to one single person and sees him/her as its leader.

Behavior: The Wirehaired Vizsla is a calm dog that does not bark unnecessarily. If they see any unusual activity in the surrounding, they will bark to warn their owner. Therefore, they make excellent watchdogs.

Personality: The Wirehaired Vizsla has an outgoing personality. They are good with other pets if raised together from an early age. They tend to be suspicious of strangers but if introduced properly, they can be welcoming of them.


The Wirehaired Vizsla is a very clever and smart dog that is very much willing to learn new tricks and commands. Therefore, they are easy to train but first, you must establish firm and consistent leadership upon them. As to encourage them more in learning, reward them with treats and lots of vocal praises.

Do not use force hand or harsh word, as it will only scare them and they may not be able to focus on the training.


  • In 2003, the Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America was formed.
  • After the board meeting of April 2013, Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America became the official parent club for the Wirehaired Vizsla.
  • The Wirehaired Vizsla is a little heavier and larger than the Vizsla.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesAddison’s Disease, Cancer, Eye Infection,
Elbow Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism,
Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza,
Leptospirosis, Kennel Cough
SheddingNone to Minimal
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyLow Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 25%
Fat: 8%
Milk Thistle
Omega-3 and 6 Fatty Acids

The Wirehaired Vizsla is generally a healthy breed with a life span of 12-14 years. During these years, they can get the following possible health problems:

  • Hip Dysplasia: It is a condition that is caused due to the genetic health problem. It affects the back of the dog which is caused because of underdeveloped hip joints or dislocation of the joints. There will be pain on your dog’s back which makes it difficult to move from one place to another.
  • Hypothyroidism: It is a problem caused due to the insufficient production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid glands. This will decrease the metabolic rate and make your dog weak and lame. However, it can be controlled with regular intake of thyroid pills and medications.


The Wirehaired Vizsla comes in the following colors and markings according to the American Kennel Club:

  • Golden
  • Golden Rust
  • Red
  • Red Golden
  • Rust
  • Rust Golden
  • Sandy Yellow
  • White Markings


Height and Size: The average height of the Wirehaired Vizsla is between 21-25 inches and the average weight is between 45-65 pounds.

Cost: The average cost of the Wirehaired Vizsla puppy is between $600-$800 USD.

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