Wirehaired Vizslas like their cousins, Hungarian and Magyar Vizsla, are energetic and sporting dogs. It got its name from its dense, wiry coat, which serves as their protection against extreme weather.
The hair of a Wirehaired Vizsla is water-resistant. It allows them to do icy water retrievals. It possesses an excellent nose and is highly trainable.
The breed was developed in the 1930s through selective crossings of purebred smooth coated Vizslas and German Wirehaired Pointers. The Hungarian hunters and falconers wanted a kind of dog that has the characteristic of a Vizsla but could endure the extreme weather and rough field situations. During the early 1970s, the first Wirehaired Vizslas were brought to North America. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized Wirehaired Vizsla breed only in 2014.
Wirehaired Vizslas are golden sand to russet in color. They have a dense and wiry coat with a beard, eyebrows, and brushes on their legs. The ears can sometimes be slightly darker than its body, but with others, it should be uniform.
This new breed of Vizsla also has a high activity level. They are very affectionate, intelligent, and sensitive. They are just naturally smart and easy to train. They often do well in agility and obedience competitions. This new breed is energetic and has a keen nose that’s why it needs plenty of exercise as part of its grooming needs.
Wirehaired Vizslas are very athletic. Regular exercise and plenty of activities allow them to use their energy well. If they are left unattended, they can become restless. And that is the least you want to happen. They would use up their energy into something else. You know, they tend to be destructive like scratching your walls, pulling out your TV set, ruining your house.
Grooming And Care
Wirehaired Vizslas have a thick double wiry coat. The outer coat should be maintained at 1 to 2 inches in length and must be close to the body. The undercoat is also dense and is water repellant. The dog’s lower legs and the underside of the chest and belly must be covered with shorter, softer, and thinner hair, while the hair on the backs of the front legs and sides of the neck should form brushes.
These dogs require very little maintenance. The wiry hair should be kept natural. You can do occasional brushing for the coat to be kept in good shape. You can do dry shampooing as routine maintenance. A bit more effort in bathing is needed after your Vizsla’s day in the field, a hunting trip, or swampy adventure. You may use mild soap and shampoo products. During bathing, you can check for cuts, thorns, scratches, ticks, or other condition that might need attention.
They are not heavy shedders. You can remove loose hairs by stripping, plucking, or running a damp cloth over its coat. You should make your Vizsla look beautiful yet natural. You can tidy up some stray hairs between its toes but never trim or clip the coat. Toenails can be trimmed whenever needed.
Additional Important Information
Wirehaired Vizslas can sometimes have small white patches on its chest or throat. But it should not be more than 2 inches in diameter. There could also be a bit of white on their toes. But once white markings appear anywhere else, your Vizsla will be disqualified from the competition.
Wirehaired Vizslas are generally regarded as a healthy breed. They have a long life expectancy of up to 12 to 15 years. Some health concerns could be Addison’s Disease, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, canine stress syndrome, epilepsy, ear infections, atopy, infertility, progressive retinal atrophy, corneal dystrophy, and cataracts.
Wirehaired Vizslas are very responsive and willing learner. Training them is easy because they are confident and eager to please. Make their training fun, investing in their natural hunting instincts, and you will see their training as a pleasure.
Wirehaired Vizsla cannot tolerate harsh handling. It is unwise to do forceful corrections or give them overbearing commands. They are sensitive, so positive, gentle, and consistent training techniques should be utilized if you want to see your desired results. They can be the best hunting partner and the most reliable family companion if you will handle them with care.
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