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The Breed

The Vizsla has a long and distinguished history, dating as far back as the 10th century. Primitive stone etchings of a hunter with his falcon and dog resembling the modern day Vizsla have been found from the time when the Magyar hordes roamed Central Europe. A Hungarian manuscript surviving from the 14th century includes a chapter on falconry with an illustration of a dog many people believe to be an ancestor of the breed. Throughout its development, the Vizsla has been a versatile dog, excelling both on land and in water, as both a pointer and a retriever.

In the early half of the 20th century, the Vizsla breed was almost entirely wiped out as a result of the wars in Europe. Many Hungarians fled into other European countries as well as North America with their beloved companions. During the 1950’s the first Vizslas arrived in America and by 1960 the breed was admitted into the registry of the American Kennel Club. The modern Vizsla continues to be versatile, excelling not only as a reliable hunter but also as a cherished and loving companion.

Check out this post from the Rocky Mountain Vizsla Club about the differences between Vizslas and other common breeds.



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