History of the Vizsla

The Vizsla (a Hungarian word that means "pointer") is considered one of the oldest known hunting dogs. Selectively bred by Hungarian noblemen over the centuries, the breed was near extinction after two World Wars. After World War II, the first Vizslas were imported into the United States and became part of the foundation stock with the American Kennel Club.

As interest in the breed started to increase, owners formed the Vizsla Club of America (incorporated in Missouri in 1953) were then able to gain AKC recognition in 1960. The Vizsla became the 115th breed recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The Vizsla is a superior companion, devoted family member and versatile in all areas of canine competition. Originally used to hunt with falcons in ancient times, the Vizsla today not only produced the first AKC Triple Champion, but also the first Quintuple Champion in AKC history. It is one of the top three breeds used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), worked in Search and Rescue at 9/11, and is used successfully in Seeing Eye programs.

For more information, visit The Vizsla Club of America’s History Page.

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