Origin of the Breed

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  • 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 1,000 years that show Magyar hunters (early settlers in Hungary) with dogs and falcons. These dogs were similar to the Vizsla of today. In fact they are 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 Wirehaired Vizsla was developed in the 1930's by

    •   crossing a German Wirehaired Pointer to a smooth Vizsla. The Wirehaired Vizsla is an intelligent dog, which gets on well with children, they require moderate to plenty of exercise. They are not an uduly difficult dog to train as long as there is consistency and firmness in the training.
      They are intelligent and eager to learn and to please. (It should be remembered that this dog is sensitive and therefore training should be carried out in a gentle/firm manner)
      • They should be socialised from an early age.
      • In general the Wirehairs likes to stay with the family and do not wander off too far. They are happy to be both family and working dogs. They much prefer close contact with their family.
      • The Wirehaired Vizsla is a medium sized, solid coloured (this colour being golden sand to russet gold) active dog with a harsh, wiry coat. They have distinctive moustache and hairy eyebrows.
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