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The breed originated in its native Hungary around the 1930's, when in an attempt to produce a Vizsla with a more protective weatherproof coat for work in water and rough conditions on land, the German Wire Haired Pointer was mated with the Hungarian Vizsla. There would also appear to have been bloodhound introduced at one time. The result of this breeding produced the Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla, stronger and more robust than a smooth, this robustness coming from the German Wire Haired Pointer. Later, a little Irish Setter blood was introduced, and for hunting qualities a Hertha Pointer and Pudel Pointer were also used.
The Breed first came to the UK in the early 1980's when a pair was imported by Douglas and Carol Appleton, unfortunately never producing offspring. Sheila Gray and Anna Coombe imported another pair in the early 1990's, and the first litter was bred here in 1992. The breed has been granted Challenge Certificate status from 2011. In my very humble opinion this is a retrograde step for the breed as consistently correct HWV are not being bred within the UK. Time will tell as to if this situation improves!
The Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla is a biddable, easy dog to train if the time and effort is given to the dog from an early stage. The breed is extremely sensitive and can be easily dominated and therefore any training must be kind and gentle. It is extremely unlikely that you will ever have to raise your voice when training a wire-hair.
They are an extremely versatile breed and their gentle nature lends them to performing a number of functions from shooting companions to falconers dogs, Pets as Therapy dogs and competing in field trails, working tests and working trials.
A young wirehair puppy should be socialised and start its training from an early age - with a little time and effort you will be rewarded with a well trained dog who is a joy to live and work with.
The Breed Standard is published with the kind permission of The Kennel Club
General Appearance – Medium sized, wire coated, distinguished appearance, with a more robust build and a stronger bone structure than the shorthaired vizsla.
Characteristics – Loyal, intelligent, obedient, sensitive, very affectionate and with patience, easily trained. Bred for hunting fur and feather, pointing and retrieving from land and water.
Temperament – Lively, gentle mannered and demonstrably affectionate.
Head and Skull – Lively and intelligent expression. Skull moderately broad and slightly rounded, well proportioned and a little longer than muzzle, with moderate stop. Lips covering jaws completely and neither loose nor pendulous. Bridge of nose is straight and ends in a broad nose. The colour of the nose is harmonious with the coat colour. Coat covering the head gives the head a somewhat square striking appearance.
Eyes – Neither deep nor prominent, of medium size and slightly oval in shape. Eyelids fitting tightly. Colour of eyes harmonises with coat colour, slightly darker shade desired. Yellow or black eye undesirable.
Ears – The ears are of medium set, proportionately long with a thin skin and hanging down close to cheeks. Rounded ‘v’ shape, not fleshy.
Mouth – Sound and strong white teeth. Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Full dentition desirable.
Neck – Well muscled and of moderate length, slightly arched and devoid of dewlaps.
Forequarters Shoulders well-laid and muscular, elbows close to body and forelegs straight. Forearm long, pasterns upright.
Body – Strong and well-proportioned, slightly longer in body measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock, than in height from withers to ground. Level back, slightly sloping croup rounded off towards tail set. Chest strongly developed, deep and reaching, at least, to the elbows. Ribs moderately well sprung and carried well back.
Hindquarters – Straight when viewed from rear. Thighs well muscled with moderate angulation and relatively short hocks.
Feet - Slightly oval with toes short, arched and tight. Nails short, strong and a shade darker than coat.
Tail – Moderately thick and tapering towards the end, slightly low set. Customarily one third docked. When moving carried horizontally.
Gait/Movement – Animated, flowing and ground covering, with a strong rear driving action.
Colour – Golden sand to russet. Small white marks on chest and feet should not be penalised.
Coat – The wire coat on the neck and body is harsh and close fitting, up to 4cms (1 1/2ins) long, with an undercoat, which is normally heavier in winter. The hair on muzzle is short and coarse, the hair forming a small beard on the chin. The skull is covered by short, dry hair. Hair on the ears is short and fine. The eyebrows are dense. The coat is shorter on the lower part of the legs, chest and belly. Longer hair is permitted on the rear of the legs. On the feet and between the toes the hair is softer and shorter. Coat on the tail is dense and stronger.
Size – Dogs 58-62 cms (23-24 1/2 ins.) Bitches 54-58 cms (21 1/2-23 ins.) Variance of less than three centimetres is permitted as long as the dog remains in proportion.
With effect from 1/09/2000
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