I have a 14month old wire-haired boy, who has been the easiest puppy we have ever had. He has his moments of being whizzy, and is as mad as the other vizzies when we go out with the Vizsla groups, but on the whole he is much more laid back than his smooth haired friends. If he only get 45 minutes he is still well behaved in the house.
One of the reasons I went for a wire-haired version is that there is very little shedding. I run a fulminator comb through once a week and that removes the dead wire, but other than that maintenance is easy peasy. Most of my friends who have smooth haired vizzies complain about the hair all over their clothes and house.
Hi gem! Welcome to the forum! I went through the same debate for a few months and just got on a breeder's list for a WH a couple weeks ago. My breeder owned a smooth V before getting involved with wires and she said that generally WHs are better at switching modes as if they have an off switch and are slightly less clingy/needy. I decided on WHs because as much I think I understand the energy requirements of vizslas, having grow up with low energy dogs, I'm sure it will still be an adjustment. On those days when life gets in the way of my good intentions, I want a dog who won't bounce off the walls.
The standard is there for a reason, but within it there's room for interpretation so it's even more important to make sure the dam and sire have the type of temperament you want. There are calm smoothies and hyper wires.
If you're in the States WH litters might be hard to find for the next couple years though. There's a transition while some bitches retire and new breeding stock comes of age. Just a heads up.
Thankyou for your helpful replies! I am definitely leaning towards the wire haired.
Im in the UK and hoping to get a pup towards the end of the year, i want to spend summer 'puppy proofing' the house but im looking to get my name onto a reputable breeders list as soon as possible so if anyone in the uk knows of any i would be grateful for a contact.
I too have been brought up around smaller dogs but i have read enough about vizzies to know what to expect. I think the wire haired temperment would suit us slightly better.