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Weight: 40-60 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Wirehaired Vizsla in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 12-14 years
The Wirehaired Vizsla is considered a fairly robust and healthy breed. It is important that you work with a reputable breeder to ensure the health of your pup.
While this breed is considered to be healthy, there are some medical conditions that you need to be aware of. These conditions have been reported in other pups, so it helps to know about them, allowing you to be prepared. These conditions include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, entropion, hypothyroidism, cancer, cataracts, and glaucoma.
Hip and elbow dysplasia are painful conditions for your pup. These conditions affect the elbow or hip joints and sockets. Your pup may have one or both of the conditions. You will be able to determine which one he or she has by identifying the affected limbs. For example, elbow dysplasia affects the front limbs, while hip dysplasia affects the back limbs. Both conditions are painful and lead to arthritis as well as lameness, which can cause your pup trouble when he or she walks and stands.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that may affect your pup. Typically, seizures are not present until about six months of age, but may appear after two years of age. It is possible for your puppy to have seizures younger than six months, but it is not common. If your pup does have a seizure, he or she will have convulsions and may or may not go in and out of consciousness.
Entropion is a condition where the eyelid curls inward and the eyelashes scratch the surface of the eye. This can lead to infection if the scratches are not cared for properly.
Hypothyroidism occurs when there is a problem with your pup’s thyroid. This condition can lead to either weight gain, which results in obesity, or trouble gaining any weight at all. This condition can be corrected with medication.
Cancer is another concern in your Wirehaired Vizsla. You should have your pup screened regularly to ensure that no cancerous cells develop. If any are present, early detection and treatment are critical.
Cataracts affect the eyes in your pup. Your puppy may be born with cataracts, but it is more likely that they will develop over time. Cataracts can sometimes be surgically removed, but otherwise, they can lead to blindness when they are unable to be operated on.
Glaucoma is another eye condition that may affect your Wirehaired Vizsla. This condition occurs when there is too much pressure in the eyes. This condition can also lead to blindness.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Wirehaired Vizsla is an energetic pup that likes to track and hunt. In fact, this is a great breed to take on outdoor adventures with you. This breed has a lot of stamina and can walk on different terrains and help you find game out in the woods.
You will find that your pup is extremely sociable, friendly, and outgoing. Your pup is not afraid of much and is not afraid to wag his or her tail in excitement. Because of the Wirehaired Vizsla’s outgoing personality, you can expect your pup to do well with other people, animals, and kids. It is important to watch your Wirehaired Vizsla around small children, as he or she may become too rowdy and injure a child.
Your new Wirehaired Vizsla will be affectionate and show you and everyone else in the family attention and love. This breed is dedicated to his or her family and is kind in every way. You do not have to worry about any aggression problems either.
This pup will adapt well to your home life and can get along in an apartment or a home. It is important that you provide this breed with a lot of exercise as well as physical and mental stimulation. If you do not, you may come home to a mess, as this breed is known to be destructive.
Your Wirehaired Vizsla is considered to be easy to train, so you should not experience much difficulty. It is important that you remain calm when training because your pup may become stubborn if you assert too much dominance or are aggressive in your tactics.
The Wirehaired Vizsla has minimal grooming needs, meaning your pup is easy to care for. You should brush your pup’s coat a few times per week to ensure there are no tangles or mats. You do not have to have your pup’s coat stripped or trimmed.
You will notice that this breed does not shed a lot, which makes him or her a good option for those who do not want to clean up dog hair often.
Your Wirehaired Vizsla only needs a bath when he or she smells or is dirty. When you do bathe him or her, be sure to use a mild shampoo that does not strip the natural oils from the skin.
Your Wirehaired Vizsla will consume about 2.5 cups to 3 cups of dry kibble per day. You should feed your pup a high-quality food that is high in nutrients and low in fat to prevent obesity or excessive weight gain.
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A Wirehaired Vizsla puppy will cost you about $1,000. It is not likely that you will find this breed in a local shelter, but that is where your search should begin. When you think about the cost of your puppy, you also need to think about the yearly expenses too. Some of the additional expenses you need to budget for include vet checkups, vaccines, food, supplies, and preventative medicines.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Wirehaired Vizsla is a good choice for a home where everyone is active and likes to be outdoors. This pup loves to go outside and play. You will find that your Wirehaired Vizsla does well with children and other pets as well. This breed is known to be quite affectionate, loyal, and also very social. This breed ranks a 2.
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