Wirehaired Vizsla Dog Breed Facts & Information

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If you're thinking about adopting a dog, you need to find the right breed that fits your lifestyle. Details like grooming, energy level, and temperament can really affect not only your home but the happiness of your new furry friend. Doing some research on different breeds is a great way to start off the adoption process!


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If you have the right kind of lifestyle for a sweet, smart, and calm dog, then you might want to consider the wirehaired vizsla.

The Basics

The wirehaired vizsla is a medium-sized dog with an adult male weighing 55-65 pounds and females weighing 45-55 pounds, according to the American Kennel Club. Male wirehaired vizsla can be up to 25 inches tall and females can get up to 23 inches tall. Life expectancy of the wirehaired vizsla is 14 years.

The History

The wirehaired vizsla originates mainly from hunters and falconers in Hungary beginning in the 1930s. Their goal was to create a breed with the outstanding traits of the Hungarian vizsla, but with a somewhat heavier and sturdier build and a thick wiry coat to be more resistant to extreme winter weather and rough field conditions.


The first wirehaired vizslas in North America were imported to Canada in the early 1970's by Manitoba sportsman, Wesley Basler, and was the American Kennel Club's 180th breed.

The Wirehaired Vizsla is in the company of the Brittany spaniel, flat-coated retriever, and Labrador retriever in the sporting dog breed group.

The Personality

This breed is very smart and trainable for hunting as well as other sports such as agility and obedience. This breed needs to be regularly exercised due to their hunting drive.


The ideal owner of this breed is someone who wants a dog to live in his or her home and be included in family activities, especially outdoors. Wirehaired vizslas love their family and want to be involved in their activities.

They are happiest with a job to do, eager to please, and easy to train using positive reinforcement.

The Appearance

Wirehaired vizslas are medium sized. They have a more robust build and a stronger bone structure than the shorthaired vizsla.


The breed's most distinguishing features are its dense, weather-resistant wire coat and its facial furnishings, specifically its beard and eyebrows.

Wirehaired vislas don't shed much and their coat requires little maintenance. An occasional brushing with a firm-bristled brush will keep its coat looking smart, and both their beard and eyebrows should be combed to keep them free of tangles.

Wirehaired Vizsla essential facts:

  • Personality: Calm and gentle while relaxing with family yet can have an exuberant personality when hunting
  • Energy Level: Very active
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Trainability: Responds well
  • Height: 22.75-25.25 inches (male), 21.25-23.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 55-65 pounds (male), 45-55 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

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