The Hungarian Wire Haired Pointer, as his name would suggest, was created in Hungary sometime during the 1930s. His true history is somewhat speculative but it seems, somewhere along the line, a bloodhound was crossed with a Hungarian Vizsla, but where then did the wire-hair come from through such a combination! Into the mix, sometime later, it is thought, that the Irish Setter, Pudel Pointer and Hertha Pointer were introduced. The Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla Association was formed in 1996 and since then the breed has gone from strength to strength.
The Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla is a medium sized, wire-haired gundog, giving him quite a distinctive appearance; a more robust build, and stronger in bone, than the shorthaired Vizsla. His back-skull is fairly broad and slightly rounded and a little longer than the muzzle with a moderate stop; nose is quite broad, colour harmonising with coat colour. His eyes are slightly oval with eyelids fitting tightly; colour harmonious with coat colour but slightly darker is preferred. The ears are V-shaped, rounded at the tip, and hang close to cheeks. The Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla has a strong body, a straight top-line, with no dipping in the middle, slightly sloping croup; chest is deep, reaching at least, down to elbows. His tail is slightly low-set, moderately thick, gradually tapering toward the tip; long enough to reach the hocks. His coat is quite distinctive, wiry, harsh and close fitting; hair on muzzle is short and quite coarse, with small beard on the chin; hair on the tail is dense and strong. His coat comes in golden sand to rust.
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