The Hungarian Wire-haired pointer was developed in the 1930s by two pointer kennel owners, who were looking to breed a pointer with a heavier coat and stronger frame, to make a breed more suitable for the cold weather and harsh winters they were experiencing in Hungary at the time, as well as retrieving game from icy water. Breeding records from around this time show the addition of bloodhound and Irish setter blood during the years of the second world war, and the subsequent breeding of the most heavily coated offspring was largely responsible for the breed as we know it today. The breed was not recognised in Europe until 1986 and was not introduced to America until the 1970s. The Hungarian Wire-haired pointer is still a relatively small breed today, with only around 300 dogs in the USA and 3000 dogs worldwide. Today, they make excellent all-round hunting dogs.
A beautiful, graceful, noble dog, the Hungarian Wire-haired pointer is a beautiful dog, with a high carriage and a distinctive bushy beard and eyebrows. Their coat is thick and able to cope with even the harshest climates, and they are physically hardy and not prone to illness or sickness.
These dogs are famed for their steady temperament, but they are not calm, lazy dogs by any means. However, they are not aggressive at all and can safely be integrated into the family home alongside children and other pets. They make ideal companions for outdoorsy families or those who live in the country. They do not like to be confined to a crate or kennels, as they are very affectionate and prefer to cuddle on the couch or lie in a family room in the evening.
Hungarian Wire-haired pointers are very intelligent dogs and are very easily trained. This high intelligence, however, does give the a predilection for boredom, so they do not do well in isolation. A firm, yet gentle hand is needed with these dogs, and in order to get anywhere with training, you must put yourself in a position of authority and maintain that. They are kind and loving, and these dogs love to play with children, so make excellent family pets and are also good with other dogs, but lack of exercise can lead to them becoming neurotic and destructive, if they have no other outlet for their masses of natural bounce and energy. These dogs can run for miles every single day, so not a dog to go for if you're a bit of a couch potato. Hungarian Wire-haired pointers are easily obedience trained, are very quick to learn new tricks and enjoy it very much.
Their steady nature makes them excellent all-round hunting dogs and they excel in scent tracking, but as such, they should not be left alone around smaller animals due to their natural prey drive. They are also very pack-driven, but if you establish yourself as pack leader early on in you and your dog's relationship, there should be no problems with this.