The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla is a relatively new breed, created in the early 1900s. It was developed by gamekeepers who wanted a good working dog with a more serviceable coat than the smooth vizsla. There are several breeds of continental dogs attributed to the creation of what is today’s HWV, including the GWP and Pudelpointer. The Pudelpointer can still be found on some of the older pedigrees.
The HWV is a medium sized dog with an honest, easy going and relaxed nature. They can be hesitant with strangers at first often making friends after a short time of contemplation. Then you have a friend for life as they are very loyal and make wonderful family dogs.
HWVs usually need minimal training for the house and their natural ability in the field makes them a popular choice for the rough shooter. Slightly quicker to mature than their smooth cousin – becoming a reliable working dog. They are a sensitive breed which can fall apart if handled harshly but given basic training and kind handling can work proficiently and faithfully in many disciplines including Working Trials and Falconry.