Country of Origin : Hungary
Dog Group : Gundog
The exact origin of the Hungarian Vizsla is a bit of a mystery, some say their ancestors existed centuries ago and others say they were developed in the 20th century. There are some prints that date back about 1000 years that show Magyar hunters (early settlers in Hungary) with dogs and falcons. These dogs were very similar to the Vizsla of today. In fact they were often referred to as the ‘Yellow Turkish Hunting Dog’. When the Magyar hunters went to other countries they took their dogs with them, which led to crosses with other breeds thus improving their ability as hunters. This dog remained popular as an all round hunting dog, unfortunately it was almost wiped out by the two World Wars. It is believed that it only exists today because some were smuggled out during this time. Recent selective breeding developed the Hungarian Vizsla as an all round hunter, pointer and able to retrieve from both land and water. The wire haired variety was developed in the 1930’s, it is becoming more popular with hunters as it can withstand the colder climates and cold water better than the shorthaired variety.
The Wirehaired Vizsla a medium sized, solid coloured, active dog with a harsh, wiry coat. They have a distinctive moustache and hairy eyebrows. They have a noble and graceful appearance and give the impression of great stamina.
Feeding & Ownership
The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla is an undemanding dog to feed with no special dietary requirements; they generally have a good appetite. If they are used as gundogs then they do need a higher protein diet suitable for working dogs.
The Vizsla is an intelligent dog, which gets on well with children, and enjoys being outdoors; they are ideally suited to the country dwelling family. They do have an inbuilt desire to protect their family with which they are very affectionate and loyal. They should be socialised from an early age. In general the Vizsla likes to stay with the family and will not wander off too far. They will happily be both family and working dogs in one.
The coat of the Visla is harsh and wiry. It is longer on the muzzle, eyebrows, body and legs. Any dead or loose hairs can be removed by hand plucking. The excess hair between the pads of the feet needs to be trimmed.