THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE HEIGHT AND SIZE OF THE
BY PEG ROGINSKI
Q uotes from the AKC Official Standard of the Wirehaired Vizsla: “GENERAL APPEARANCE: Originating in Hungary, the Wirehaired Vizsla was developed by hunters and falconers who desired a sturdy, versatile hunting dog able to withstand harsh winters in the field, forest and water. The Wirehaired Vizsla is a distin- guished, versatile hunting dog of medium size, bred for substance and a dense wire coat. Balanced in size and proportion…” The AKC parent club, the Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America, when submitting the standard for AKC’s acceptance into the FSS group, tried to stay true to the FCI standard that the fathers of the breed wrote. In developing this breed, the Vizsla was still being used in the pedigrees into the 1960s. The purpose of the Wirehaired Vizsla was to have a dog with the same characteristics as the Vizsla, except to be of sturdier build, [with] more substance, and a hard, protective wire coat. The Vizslas that were in Hungary at the time of origin for the Wirehaired Vizsla were not the Vizslas that you are accustomed to seeing here in the United States. These dogs had more bone and substance. The picture of Argo Lesan Selle (left), born in 1955 and used in the Wirehaired Vizsla
Photo supplied by Nancy Edmunds.
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