AKC Group: Sporting
Height: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) (Male)
Weight: 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg) (Male)
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The Magyars were the people who inhabited the kingdom of Hungary in the 2nd century C.E., and because this breed retains their name with its name in Europe, it can be assumed that the Vizsla (which means "pointer" in Hungarian) dates to this time. The ancient Transylvanian Hound and what was once known as the Turkish Yellow Dog may have contributed to the modern Vizsla, and the German Shorthaired Pointer and Pointer most certainly have. The Vizsla is most associated with the Puszta area in Hungary, a central area with diverse agriculture and a variety of game. It is here that the Magyars hunted with dogs and falcons.
The Vizsla suffered greatly between the two Great Wars, and much of the modern breed is based on dogs taken out of Hungary by owners emigrating to other countries. Owning a Vizsla was considered a bastion of aristocracy, something that was not favored by the Russians who took control of Hungary after WWII.
When the Vizsla made it to the United States in the middle of the 20th century, hunters were impressed with his hunting prowess, particularly his stamina in hot weather. He is an "all-rounder", searching diligently, not ranging too far, and marking and retrieving from land and water. Not only does he have a friendly disposition, but he is easy to keep as a family companion, too.
Vizslas also come in a wirehaired variety, which features a bristly short coat with a longer beard and eyebrows. This type is very popular in Hungary because the wirehaired coat can better withstand winter weather. However, it has not yet been recognized by the AKC.