If you have any doubt, I would invite you to come and watch my dogs work. Afro or not you will be impressed. If you like a dog that can handle cold, has great temperment, bigger bone (not hair) structure, and the hunt drive of a maniac you will like the wire over the smooth. When I got my Wired V I was looking for a smooth, you could not talk me into going with a smooth after owning a wire. If interested come on out to the field, I will put my money where my mouth is.