Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

The Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla is a strong and athletic gundog with a distinctive copper-coloured wiry coat and facial hair on the muzzle.

Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla Breed Group


Size of the Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

Large. A stockier and chunkier breed of dog than its cousin the Hungarian Vizsla.

Colour varieties of the Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

There are 2 colour varieties of this breed, which comes either in solid golden sand or solid russet gold. Depth of colour and shading can vary between dogs.

Country of origin


Time of original development

The Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla is a relatively new breed that was created in the 1930s to produce a dog similar to the Hungarian Vizsla, but with a wiry coat for protection against retrieving gamebirds from cold waters. Numbers of this breed are slipping in its native Hungary with only 30 litters registered last year. It is quite a rare sight in the UK. It is also known as the Hungarian Wire Haired Pointer.

The Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla’s use through history

The Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla is an excellent natural hunter and was developed to hunt, point and retrieve. The harsh, coarse coat, complete with water-repellent undercoat allowed the breed to enter icy waters to retrieve game.

Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla introduction and overview

The Wire Haired Vizla is a stocky, robust and athletic gundog. It is slightly bigger than the smooth coated Hungarian Vizsla. The breed has a coarse wiry coat that is around 2-3 cms long which sits flat and close to the body. It has a soft undercoat. The breed has distinctive facial hair, eyebrows, moustache and a beard, giving the dog a stern and serious expression.

The wiry coat comes in the same colouring of chesnut/copper as the smooth haired Hungarian Vizsla.

The harsh, wiry coat gave protection to the dog on shoots against injury from thorns and brambles. It also offered protection when the breed swam into cold water to retrieve game.

The Wire Haired Vizsla is a keen swimmer, and with webbed feet very proficient and confident in the water.

The muzzle hair may make meal times and drinking a little messy around the home, and the muzzle should be checked on a regular basis for particles of old food that can easily build up.

Size and weight of the Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

Height bitch 54-58cms

Height dog 58-62cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 18-25kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 20-27kgs

Exercise requirements of the Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

High. This breed of dog requires a high level of exercise, and any keen prospective owner should be able to offer at least 2 hours of walking every day, ideally off the lead. The breed is not suited to city living unless there is easy access to plenty of open green spaces. The HWHV is better suited to an owner with an active lifestyle and being a natural hunter, thrives on working. This breed is easily bored, which can result in destructive and unwanted behaviour such as separation anxiety and self-harm, such as excessive licking and biting.

Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla temperament

The Wire Haired Vizsla may have a stern and serious expression, but is in fact one of the friendliest and loving breeds in the gundog group. They adore being around their family, and tend to form a very close bond with his master. This breed has a reputation of being quite clingy and simply likes to be around people. HWHV’s do not enjoys spending long periods alone. The breed needs careful training and socialisation from an early age, but owners has remarked how well this breed settles and enjoys the company of dogs, cats and children.

Is the Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The breed is easy to train and a quick learner, but any prospective owner must be realistic about the necessary time commitment necessary to bring out the best in this athletic breed.

Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla coat length

Medium. The coat is wiry, harsh and normally around 2-3cms. The breed has facial hair including eyebrows, a beard and a moustache.

Grooming requirements of the Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

Low. The wiry coat provides good protection against the harsh elements and also makes grooming low maintenance. A soft slicker can be used to remove any caked mud or tangles on the body.

The muzzle will need to kept clean after feeding to keep tangle free and stop the build of old food particles.


No. Despite having a harsh outer coat, this breed has a prolific undercoat and sheds throughout the year, and especially during the summer months.

Health Issues in the Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

The breed is generally healthy and has a lengthy expected lifespan for such a large breed, but all new owners should consult their breeder about the following known health issues:

  • Hip dysplasia - an inherited malformation of the hip joint.

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

A healthy Wire Haired Vizsla should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of 10-12 years, which is high for dog of this size.

Approximate Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £600-800 for a puppy . There are usually between 5-10 puppies in an average litter, and puppies can be difficult to source with only 678 puppies registered with the kennel Club in 2015.

Insuring a Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

The HWHV is a large dog with quite a high cost value, so expect to pay a higher premium than an average sized dog. Remember that whatever your dog’s premium starts out at, dog insurance will always rise with your pet’s age after about four years old and any on-going illnesses or conditions that the animal develops will also affect your annual insurance premiums from then on.

Estimating how much a Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is around £6.90

The weekly cost of feeding a dog is around £8.00

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activity levels of working dogs who may need above average amount of food due to higher exercise levels.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your dog that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preparations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering/spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.