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Wirehaired Vizsla

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Developed from roughcoated Vizsla, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and other talented Sporting Dogs, the Wirehaired Vizsla boasts a following and versatility rarely seen in the dog world.  Equally capable as a retriever and pointer or as an exemplary canine athlete in a variety of Dogsport, the Wirehaired Vizsla is also noted for its steady and pleasant temperament around family, friends and strangers.  Care must be taken however, to nurture this nature as well as to provide adequate mental and physical exercise for this extraordinary companion.

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General Information
Group(s): SportingRetrieverPointer-Setter Height: 21-24.5 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 40-65 pounds Longevity: 12-14
Colors: red Coat type: wired; about 1.5 inches long, stripping only required on the softer coated individuals; otherwise minimal grooming but with better protection from cover than smooth coated breeds
Recognized Registries: UK, Canadian and others
Overall Appearance: Athletic, elegant but not overly refined, the Wirehaired Vizsla carries physical prowess as a trademark. Distinctive solid red wirehaired coat is unique to the world of purebred dogs.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: very good
  with Children: variable with individuals but generally good
  with other pets: variable with individuals but generally good
  with dogs: variable with individuals but generally good
Socialization requirements: moderate to high
Ideal home characteristics: familiar with a
Temperament Notes: a
Training requirement: Moderate but balanced. This dog needs physical and mental outlet.
Trainer notes: The energy, physical ability and intelligence of this breed create an extraordinary training opportunity but also a requirement as this dog, left without outlet would devise their own "job".  With reasonable effort and enjoyable commitment, like pet therapy, agility, flyball or even regular games of ball retrieving, the Wirehaired Vizsla can prove to be a companion beyond expectation.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: development began around the 1930s
Country of Origin: Hungary
Original Function: Pointer/Retriever
History: Thicker coated Vizsla was crossed with a German Wirehaired Pointer, later infusions of Hertha Pointer, Pudel Pointer and Irish Setter resulted in the genial Wirehaired Vizsla we know today.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: Reasonably hardy, Canine Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Displasia, some eye problems
Health Testing: OFA or Penn Hip (hips and elbows), annually certified by CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:
http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Wirehaired Vizslas?
  • Why do you have Wirehaired Vizslas (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Wirehaired Vizsla?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Wirehaired Vizsla?
  • How would you describe the ideal Wirehaired Vizsla home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Wirehaired Vizsla?
  • How do you assist or help Wirehaired Vizslas in need of rescue?
  • How long have you had Wirehaired Vizslas?
  • Why do you have Wirehaired Vizslas (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Wirehaired Vizsla?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Wirehaired Vizsla?
  • How would you describe the ideal Wirehaired Vizsla home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Wirehaired Vizsla?
  • How do you assist or help Wirehaired Vizslas in need of rescue?
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    Other Resources
    Breed standard:

    http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/discoverdogs/gundog/hungarian-wirehaired-vizsla.html - Standard as per the Hungarian Wirehaired Viszla Club

    Breeder Ethics:

    http://members.tripod.com/wirehairedvizsla/id29.htm - The Breed Standards but essentially the Code of Conduct for the North American Wirehaired Vizsla Club

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