Vizsla Dog: Temperament, Health, Apperance & History //

The Hungarian Magyar Vizsla

"Sheila" (3.5 month old puppy) / Photo courtesy of Vacheh Joakim

The Hungarian Magyar Vizsla is an elegant, pointer hunting dog which was, as the name suggests, developed in Hungary. The vizsla breed is highly intelligent, energetic, and majestic in both physique and demeanor, and is at the same time an unrivaled hunting companion.

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The Magyar Vizsla breed profile on is the most comprehensive guide available anywhere on the Internet on the Hungarian pointer. Great care has gone into making this guide to be has complete and informative as possible.

Magyar Vizsla

The Vizsla, also known as the Hungarian Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, and Magyar Vizsla, is one of the oldest and most distinguished pointers in the world. A versatile, medium-sized hunter with a typical height of 21 to 25 inches and weight of 40 to 65 pounds, the Vizsla is most often noticed for its beautiful rusty gold or reddish-brown color. Spend even a few minutes with a Vizsla and you'll also notice that it's one of the most sensitive, intelligent, loyal, energetic, and affectionate dogs you've ever met. For these reasons and more, the Vizsla breed has gained a passionate and ever-growing following in the United States, Europe, and beyond.

The Vizsla dog breed has a pedigree to match its character. The Vizsla has been traced back to the Magyars of the 9th and 10th centuries AD, and appears in illustrations throughout the Middle Ages as a hunting and falconry companion of Hungarian nobles. Though imperiled by WWI and WWII, the Vizsla breed was lovingly preserved by Hungarian breeders and emigrants. The Vizsla has thrived since being given official recognition in 1960 by the American Kennel Club, and has become a highly sought-after breed among active families and those seeking dual-purpose or triple-purpose dogs.

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