First and foremost, the Wirehaired Vizsla is known for being an efficient hunting dog, but that doesn’t preclude him from being a fine family companion as well — if he’s placed with an active family who will give him the training, exercise and attention he craves.
This is a versatile dog who can potentially compete in many types of activities.
Please consider carefully the Characteristics of the Wirehaired Vizsla:
- Temperament: The Wirehaired Vizsla is a calm, gentle and loyal companion. Their sensitivity and strong desire to please makes harsh discipline unnecessary and unwise.
- Performance: The Wirehaired Vizsla is able to work in field, forest or water. Wirehaired Vizslas have keen noses and are firm on point. They are excellent trackers and retrievers they are determined to stay on scent, even while swimming (which they enjoy). The Wirehaired Vizsla is well known in Europe for deerstalking.
When he’s properly socialized and trained, the Wirehaired Vizsla is usually gentle with children. He is also likely to get along with other dogs and possibly with cats, especially if he is raised with them.
Enjoy the Wirehaired Vizsla’s clever nature. It will balance out the annoyance you may feel at his tendency to be stubborn.
Start training your Wirehaired Vizsla the day you bring him home or, before you know it, he will have you trained.
He is capable of soaking up everything you can teach him. Don’t wait until he is 6 months old to begin training or you will have a more headstrong dog to deal with.
Wirehaired Vizslas are susceptible to certain health problems. Some diseases are hereditary while others can be influenced by nutrition and environmental factors. The most commonly seen problems are hip dysplasia, eye disease, and cancer. Responsible breeders test their dogs for the more common genetically transmitted disorders.