I'm doing a bit of research for the future and hoped that maybe some of you may have first hand experience of both breeds.
I have a Hungarian wire haired Vizsla for nearly 12 years now, unfortunately she didn't really make the grade as a gun dog, but she is a fantastic every other way.
My only reservation with the breed from my limited experience has been that they seem a bit soft and clingy (nickname Velcro), lacking that bit of drive needed for a hunting dog, that is not to say that the hunt instinct isn't there, it just takes a lot to stimulate it. When I bought her there was not a true distinction between the show and working lines, but she came from more a show home.
So 12years on and I still do not know how good a deer dog they can be ?
this brought me to consider some other breeds,
A few friends have the German Wirehaired Pointers, at first glance, the breed seems to tick all the boxes from a deer hunters point of view.
I had heard of the odd sharp German short haired but didn't know much about the wire haired.
Then a bit more searching on the GWP and I read about their love of cats, occasional fighting possibly killing other pets!!
I fully appreciate the need for controlled aggression and bravery if a dog is to go toe to toe with a injured Red Stag. But I would hope that they could keep a lid on it.
I'm aware that you can get a bad one in any breed and more often than not it is the owner who is the problem rather than the dog.
With a small person at home I would rather avoid the problem than have to deal with it. What I have read may not be the case so would welcome your opinions and advice.