Prey Drive In Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

7 Feb 2024, 3:03 p.m. by Tracey McLennan


This breed is a fairly recent breed and was developed in Hungary in the 1930s. The intention was said to be to create a breed that would be more hardy than the smooth coated Hungarian Vizsla and able to work closely with a person going out alone to hunt for food for their family. When the breed was initially created, German Wirehaired Pointers were bred with Vizslas. There is also anecdotal evidence about breeds such as Irish Setters and even Bloodhounds being occasionally included in the breeding programs that created the Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla breed.

This breed should hunt, point and retrieve shot animals and birds. They are also likely to excel at any activity that involves using their nose to search.

Keep Your Wire Haired Vizsla Happy

This is a breed developed to work closely with their people. They are likely to be happy doing things with you and being close to you. They are also bred to be keen to use their nose to hunt out hidden animals and birds so are likely to be happy given opportunities to use that instinct.

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Predatory Motor Sequence statistics for Wire Haired Vizslas. The graph shows the percentage of Wire Haired Vizslas in my research study that had a strong level of interest in each behaviour.

Bar chart showing the percentage of Wire Haired Vizslas intensely interested in each part of the predatory motor sequence

Hunt: 100%

Orient: 70%

Eye: 40%

Stalk: 40%

Chase: 20%

Grab-bite: 30%

Possess: 50%

Kill-bite: 10%

Dissect: 10%

Consume: 0%

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