The History of Vizslas

The Magyar people bolted from the Russian steppes sometime in the mid-800s and for 50 years ravaged Western Europe. These brutal marauders rampaged across the continent on horseback, leaving in their wake a wide swath of death, destruction, and t. They ranged as far west as Paris and as far south as the toe of Italy, before settling in what is now Hungary.

The supremacy of Magyar cavalry was predicated on three qualities: speed, agility, and toughness. Accordingly, Magyar warriors carefully bred these qualities into their horses—and their dogs. In this lightning-fast kingdom on horseback, it was either keep up or perish. The Magyars’ nimble red dogs, ancestors of the modern Vizsla, kept up.

Over centuries, Hungarian nobles and warlords refined these dogs and set the type of the modern Vizsla. The breed became famous as a swift, all-purpose hunting dog who could do just about anything asked. In modern times, that eagerness has won Vizslas generations of American fans.

The first Vizsla to come to America, in 1950, was smuggled out of Communist Hungary with the help of a U.S. State Department employee. 

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Fun Facts

At the end of WWI, the Vizsla was all but extinct.

The Vizsla is also called Hungarian Pointer and known as a Velcro-dog. 

Vizslas are exceptionally clean and do not have a "wet dog" smell.

The importation of the breed in the United States began in the 1950's.

Vizslas are extremely sensitive. They are gentle souls and require patience and consistent training. Vizslas can get their feelings hurt very easily.

Vizslas have webbed feet, which allow them to channel through the water lighting fast.

Vizslas are one of the fastest dogs in the world, with speeds up to 45 mph.

The Vizsla is a multi-purpose dog that is suitable for work on upland game, on rabbits, and for waterfowl retrieval.

AKC’s First Quintuple Champion Was a Vizsla named "Chartay".  She was the first pup to successfully be named AKC Quintuple Champion. She won a total of five different championships during her career, affording her the long-but-suitable name TC/AFC/MACH Legacy’s DeChartay, UDX(5), MH, HOF.

Vizslas are born with blue eyes.