"Wires" as they are affectionately known are happy, easy-going, and well-suited to family life. They make wonderful companion dogs, but are even happier doing the things they were bred for - hunting and retrieving. In fact, they are still used extensively as hunting and retrieving dogs in their native Hungary.

The Wirehaired Vizsla breed was born in the 1930s in Hungary when Vasas Jozsef, a Vizsla breeder, joined forces with Gresznarik Laszlo, a German Wirehaired Pointer breeder. They bred a Vizsla to a German Wirehaired Pointer hoping to produce a dog with the same traits as a Vizsla but a heavier coat and more substantial frame. They believed this would make him better suited for working in cold, icy water and thick undergrowth. After 30+ years of refinements to the breed, Wirehaired Vizslas were recognised by the FCI in 1966 as an independent Hungarian breed. 

Fast forward to around 2000 and the first pure-bred Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla arrives in Australia (Aust. Ch. Silvanus Lord Nelson). Thankfully Nelson found his way to Fay Harris, (Hanafor Vizslas in Tasmania), and she worked with Nelson's UK breeder to get the breed recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council.

Today there are "Wires" in most Australian states, but their numbers are few. Less than a hundred have been registered throughout Australia and only a handful of those are being actively shown or trialled in obedience or retrieving.

Isn't a Wire Just a Hairy Vizsla? 

No. Even though their names are very similar, the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla and the Hungarian Vizsla are completely separate breeds. It is not possible to get examples of both breeds from the one litter; in fact, it would be impossible to register a litter from a Vizsla crosed with a Wirehaired Vizsla in Australia. 

Having said that, occasionally pups in a wirehaired vizsla litter will not develop a wire coat. These dogs are still registered as wirehaired vizslas but cannot be used in any breeding programs. They have the wonderful temperament of the wirehaired vizslas, but just look more like their smooth cousins. We are currently undergoing genetic testing for our dogs to help eradicate the instance of these pups in future litters.

Temperament

Wires thrive on attention, exercise, and interaction. They are highly intelligent and enjoy being stimulated mentally and physically. They want to be part of the family - they are not the type of dog who does well if left outside in the backyard with nothing to do. They are happy and mix well with children and other animals.

We believe temperament to be the most important quality when breeding puppies. To us, there is no point in having a perfect show dog if that dog doesn't fit well into whatever family structure you may have. For this reason we spend a lot of time researching potential stud dogs, and we also spend a lot of time socialising our puppies with people of all ages, other animals, and a mix of environments and noises. This should help make the transition from litter mate to new family member much smoother.

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