The Hungarian wire haired vizsla (HWV) is a rare breed in its homeland. It was developed in the 1930s by crossing the smooth haired vizsla with a German wirehaired pointer to produce a slightly bigger and sturdier dog with a protective coat for working in rough cover and cold and wet conditions.
The HWV has a distinguished bearing, a lean and robust build and a distinctive coat in russet to golden sand. Like its cousin it has a quiet and affectionate character and forms a close bond with its owner, including children. Sensitive and somewhat complicated, it requires careful training and management to reach its full potential. Early socialisation is important to build confidence around strangers and other dogs.
The HWV is well adapted to walked up and rough shooting of birds and ground game. With the right training it can work in the beating line or picking up at driven shoots. Falconry is another natural outlet.