The Breed History

The Maygars who originally bred the ancestors of these dogs a millennium ago were a Central European people. They eventually colonized Hungary. The Vizsla first entered the history record formally in the 1200s, and the name in Hungarian means “pointer”. It is thought that breeds such as the German Shorthaired Pointer, Pointer, Transylvanian Hound and perhaps others contributed to the bloodlines. During the World Wars, these dogs were almost rendered extinct. A few were exported out of the country and served to perpetuate the breed. They were brought to North America in the 50's and were admitted to the AKC in 1960.