Wirehaired Vizsla

Wirehaired Vizsla Breed description: Character & Co

Wirehaired Vizsla


Origin and provenance

The Wirehaired Vizsla, also known as the Wirehaired Hungarian Pointing Dog, is a dog breed that originated in Hungary. It is closely related to the smooth-haired Vizsla, but shares some unique characteristics.

Historical development

  • Historical roots: The breed has its roots in Hungary, where it has been used for hunting for centuries.
  • Development: Originally, Vizslas were bred for falconry, but over time they developed into versatile hunting dogs for various game species.
  • Purpose of the breed: The Wirehaired Vizsla was developed specifically for rough terrain and climatic conditions, with its wiry coat providing protection and hardiness.

Suitability and use

  • Hunting characteristics: This breed is characterized by its exceptional hunting abilities. They are known for their pointing ability, stamina and intelligence.
  • Versatility: The Wirehaired Vizsla is not only an excellent hunting dog, but also an excellent companion and family dog. Its friendly and affectionate nature makes it a popular pet.

Characteristic features

  • Temperament: The Wirehaired Vizsla is energetic, intelligent and affectionate. It needs regular mental and physical stimulation.
  • Adaptability: Despite its hunting instincts, it is remarkably adaptable and can live well in a family environment if its needs for exercise and companionship are met.


The Wirehaired Vizsla is a versatile, intelligent and loyal dog, ideal for active families and individuals. His hunting skills coupled with his friendly character make him a valued companion both in the field and at home.

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Wirehaired Vizsla (Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla) puppy The Wirehaired Vizsla stands in the park. A Hungarian Vizsla puppy Old Magyar Vizsla dog portrait. The dog is sitting and looking sideways at the blue sky
Alternate Name Drótszőrű magyar vizsla, Wire-haired Hungarian Pointing Dog
Origin Hungary
Life expectancy 12 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average to high
FCI group Continental Pointing Dogs
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Character traits

  • Intelligent and eager to learn: The Wirehaired Vizsla is characterized by high intelligence and quick comprehension. These characteristics make training with them a pleasant and successful experience.
  • Friendly and affectionate: This breed is known for its friendly nature and strong bond with their families. They often seek to be close to their humans and are very affectionate.

Social behavior

  • Good compatibility with children and other animals: Wirehaired Vizslas are known for their gentle interaction with children and their ability to get along well with other pets.
  • Social interaction: They require regular social interaction and can develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

Working characteristics

  • Versatile hunting dog: Originally bred as a hunting dog, they show great stamina and a strong work ethic when working. They are suitable for both field and water work.
  • Athletic and energetic: This breed requires plenty of exercise and is ideal for active families or individuals who spend a lot of time outdoors.


  • Adaptableto different living situations: Although they need a lot of exercise, Wirehaired Vizslas are adaptable and can adapt well to different living situations as long as their needs are met.


The Wirehaired Vizsla is an affectionate, intelligent and energetic dog that is suitable for hunting as well as a family companion. Its friendly nature and need for human companionship make it an ideal companion for active families who are willing to give it the time and attention it needs.

Studio shot of an adorable wire-haired Magyar Vizsla looking curiously into the camera - isolated on a white background. Studio shot of an adorable wire-haired Magyar Vizsla lying down and looking curiously at the camera - isolated on a white background.

Grooming the Wirehaired Vizsla

The Wirehaired Vizsla, a variant of the Hungarian Pointing Dog with a wiry coat, is known for its relatively uncomplicated grooming.

  1. Coat care:

    • The wiry coat requires regular grooming, but less frequently than long-haired breeds.
    • Weekly brushing is sufficient to remove dead hair and keep the coat healthy.
    • Bathing should only be done when necessary to preserve the coat's natural oils.
  2. Ear and eye care:

    • Regular ear and eye checks are important to prevent infections and other problems.
  3. Physical grooming:

    • This includes regular claw trimming and teeth brushing.

Health aspects

  • The Wirehaired Vizsla is considered a robust breed with few specific health problems.
  • The more common health problems include hip dysplasia and sometimes skin allergies.
  • Regular veterinary check -ups are important to monitor the dog's health.

Breeding and responsibility

  • Responsible breeding practices: Reputable breeders are committed to the health and welfare of their dogs and avoid overbreeding.
  • Genetic testing: Potential breeders should test for hereditary diseases to ensure healthy litters.
  • Socialization and training: Early socialization and training are crucial for the development of a balanced and socially compatible dog.


The Wirehaired Vizsla is an easy-care, healthy and fun-loving dog. With proper care and responsible breeding, this dog can be a loyal and active companion for active families or individuals.

Old Magyar Vizsla dog portrait. The dog is sitting and looking sideways at the blue sky

The Wirehaired Vizsla is known for its characteristic wiry coat, which distinguishes it from its smooth-haired relative.

  • Coat type: The coat is wiry, dense and rough, giving it a rustic and robust appearance.
  • Color: Typical of the breed is a golden sandy to russet brown, often with a beautiful sheen.

Visual characteristics

  • General appearance: The Wirehaired Vizsla is an athletic and elegant dog with a strong but slender body structure.
  • Head shape: It has a characteristic head with a gentle expression and drooping ears.

Size and weight

  • Males:
    • Height: Average 58 to 64 cm shoulder height
    • Weight: Around 20 to 27 kg
  • Females:
    • Size: Slightly smaller, on average 54 to 60 cm shoulder height
    • Weight: Around 18 to 25 kg

Care of the coat

  • Grooming requirements: The coat requires regular grooming, but less intensive than some other breeds.
  • Brushing and combing: Weekly brushing helps to remove dead hair and keep the coat in good condition.
  • Bathing: Occasional bathing is sufficient to keep the coat clean.


The Wirehaired Vizsla is an impressive, athletic dog with a unique, wiry coat that offers protection and resilience. Its size and weight reflect its athletic build, making it an active and agile companion. With proper grooming, his coat remains in excellent condition and he presents as a beautiful and charismatic dog.

Fur length short
Fur rough-haired
Ear shape -
Tail lang
Anatomy rugged
Size ♀ 54 - 60 cm
Weight ♀ 20 - 30 kg
Size ♂ 58 - 64 cm
Weight ♂ 20 - 30 kg
Suitable For Children
Old Magyar Vizsla dog portrait. The dog is sitting and looking sideways at the blue sky
Studio shot of an adorable wire-haired Magyar Vizsla looking curiously into the camera - isolated on a white background.
Studio shot of an adorable wire-haired Magyar Vizsla lying down and looking curiously at the camera - isolated on a white background.

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