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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  • jake222444
    10/09/2014 - 02:15 p.m.

    That is pretty neat that a dog came from Madagascar. I mean, when I picture a "wild dog", it's more of a ravenous, fierce, ferocious dog, not one described as the "royal dog of Madagascar". Then again, Madagascar has a very diverse range of animals. The wire-haired viszla I can picture, it looks more like a hunting dog.

  • Ndemucci-3
    10/09/2014 - 11:46 p.m.

    The wirehaired vizsla is a type of dog that comes from Madagascar. I never knew about this dog until now and I learned that is a royal dog. I find it really cool very adaptable and like everybody and really easy going to live with. The dogs benefit from a yard to run in or a few mile walk a day.

  • LydiaAlexandriaF
    10/13/2014 - 11:20 a.m.

    Wow! I wish I had a wire haired viszla. They are so interesting! Especially the fact about the breed initially developing on its own in the island nation off southeastern Africa. Then it became popular with Madagascar's aristocracy and later with French colonists.

  • HenryM-Cal
    10/13/2014 - 06:43 p.m.

    The coton de tulear initially developed in it's own island off the coast of southeastern Africa. Then it later became popular with Madagascar's aristocracy.The wire haired viszla was bred to be a very hardy breed. The wire haired viszla has a very brushy coat.

  • Mineturtle
    10/14/2014 - 10:27 a.m.

    This dog needs to be hardy because of its environment and the weather that surrounds where it lives. If it weren't, it would not make it.

  • DulcineaC-Cal
    10/14/2014 - 11:37 a.m.

    I think the dog is really cool and cute Ithink that how the dog madagascars breed is cool and really awsome that it is that places breed.

  • gracef-Fra
    10/14/2014 - 01:47 p.m.

    I think it's pretty cool for the dogs to live on the island Madagascar. I love that movie, but i also love dogs. I think the story is pretty good.

  • teaganp-Fra
    10/14/2014 - 01:53 p.m.

    that is very cool that there there is another breed for dogs even if there is alto to remember. the dog seemed very cool and i would love to see one some time. even if there mostly in Madagascar.

  • er117-Sch
    10/14/2014 - 06:59 p.m.

    In response to " Have you Ever seen a Wierd Haired Viszla?" I agree that regular Vizla weighs less than the Wierd hair Vizla. One reason I agree is that they look a little more bolkey . Another reason is that they are Lankier than the other dogs. Another reason is that they say in the article " They are hunting dogs." So I assumed that they would have a little more muscle. Even though they are only slightly bigger than the regular Viszla, I think the Wire Haired Vizula is bigger and more adaptable then the Vizula.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    10/14/2014 - 09:30 p.m.

    I think it is cool to have 2 more dogs to join the Westminster Kennel Club because there are not many breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, especially the newer breeds that were recently bred. I think this would be very cool to see the new breeds compete for 1st place. This would be very enjoyable because people can look at newer dogs compete in the competition. I think both breeds can be easily kept because they do not need as much care as other dogs need.
    Critical Thinking Challenge: Why must the wire-haired viszla be "hardy"?
    Answer: The wire-haired viszla must be hardy because they must be able to survive the cold in Hungary, especially when they are hunting in the forests.

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