Ever seen a wirehaired viszla?
Ever seen a wirehaired viszla? Falko, left, a wire-haired vizsla, and Luna, a coton de tulear, sit on stage with their owners, Anton Sagh, of Montreal, Quebec, and Adrianne Dering, of Morgantown, W.Va. (AP photos)
Ever seen a wirehaired viszla?
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The wirehaired viszla and the coton de tulear are the latest breeds to be added to the nation's premier dog competition. It's the Westminster Kennel Club show, set for Feb. 16-17.

The wirehaired viszla is a rugged, versatile hunter conditioned to withstand frosty Hungarian winters. The coton de tulear is a happy-go-lucky companion from the island of Madagascar. Both will join the pack at the Westminster show next year.

The club's leaders, as well as Luna the coton de tulear and Falko the wirehaired viszla, appeared at a news conference Tuesday.

Luna stood politely as organizers discussed plans for the first Westminster show to include her small-but-sturdy breed. The dog has been dubbed the "royal dog of Madagascar." It's known for its flowing, cotton-like coat and chipper disposition.

"I say they're a big dog in a small dog's boots," Luna's breeder and co-owner, Adrianne Dering of Morgantown, West Virginia, said. The breed initially developed on its own in the island nation off southeastern Africa. Then it became popular with Madagascar's aristocracy and later with French colonists. That's according to the United States of America Coton de Tulear Club. The name is pronounced koh-TOHN du TOO-lay-ahr.

"They're just very adaptable, and they like everybody," Dering said. Prospective owners need to be prepared to brush the dogs' long coats a few times a week, unless they're kept in a shorter cut.

The wirehaired viszla was bred to be a hardy, all-weather hunting aide in the rough terrain of northern Hungary. The name viszla is pronounced VEEZ-shlah. The dog has a brushy coat and somewhat heavier build than its cousin the viszla. But the wirehaired hunters know how to be low-key, too. Falko, owned by Anton Sagh of Montreal, Canada, relaxed on the floor Tuesday.

"They're just phenomenal in the field," but "really easygoing to live with," Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America President Jean Schroeder of Wanatah, Indiana, said by phone. The dogs benefit from a yard to run in or a few-mile walk each day.

Breeds are added to the Westminster show after the American Kennel Club recognizes them. There are 180 AKC-recognized breeds.

Critical thinking challenge: Why must the wirehaired viszla be hardy?

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COMMENTS (47)
  • Hannahi-OBr
    10/06/2014 - 06:28 p.m.

    During in Hungary the dogs have to be strong and not weak. My reading teachers dog ways three pounds and its very skinny so it won't be able to go up hills and mountains. By the time your dog is big and strong like my old dog it would be able to climb up hills and mountains. I used to have a dog could do it. His name was Gizmo he always run up hills and up mountains. The reason the Wirehaired Viszla should be hardy is that during the winter and cold seasons is that there fur is like cotton.

  • RS2000RED
    10/07/2014 - 08:40 a.m.

    It must be hardy so that it can withstand the cold and such, in Hungary. Also there is very rough terrain it must go through.

  • ad2000softball
    10/07/2014 - 08:42 a.m.

    the wirehaired viszla must be hardy because since it is an hunter's dog, it needs to be healthy at all times and be able to hunt which means that it needs to eat well and stuff.

  • RobertS-Cal
    10/07/2014 - 12:05 p.m.

    I did not know there are 180 AKC-recognized breeds and dogs need to run a few miles each day or walk a yard.

  • NateTheKoolKidd
    10/07/2014 - 12:27 p.m.

    I think that wirehaired viszlas must be hardy because they were made for hunting aides in harsh, cold weather. Also, they have rugged hair to help them survive

  • EmilySchmidt4
    10/08/2014 - 12:08 p.m.

    These are so cute!! They look to me like a sad monkey. I like the brown Wired-haired Viszla, the white one is very long haired.

  • GChelsea-Cas
    10/08/2014 - 02:49 p.m.

    I think that both breeds are cute and look friendly, but I think I like the tan one slightly better. It's nice to know that new breeds are still being created. It's also pretty cool that the dogs are used for hunting and found in parts of Madagascar originally.

  • GUyFS
    10/08/2014 - 03:13 p.m.

    When I read the article, I thought that it was amazing that a wiredhaired viszla was from the Madagascar and it is a royal dog. I thought that this article was just based on a plain old dog, but it was when I read it I said wow, this is amazing article about a special royal dog. I also thought that this dog a can run more than a human. This dog is more special than a normal dog.

  • HeatherB-Cal
    10/08/2014 - 08:22 p.m.

    I think the reason the wireheared viszla is hardy is becuase they are bred to be a hunting aide in Hungary. They would have to be tough if they to thrive aiding in tougher wheather and rough terrain. If they were weaker and tried to do that ,it could get run down and be bad for the dog. This is why wirehaired viszlas must be hardy.

  • vincentg-2
    10/08/2014 - 11:13 p.m.

    Dogs are one of my favorite animals in the world they are loyal and helpful. I have a dog of my own and she is one of my best friends. The dog in this article is very amazing and looks beautiful . I wonder what traits this type of dog has and how much it sells for. I have always Wondered how the dogs are tested during dog contests this dog is in . I wish this and all the other dogs the best of luck in the world for their competition

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