Energetic, alert, intelligent, and active dogs who may be exuberant. Good swimming or jogging companion. Like dog sports such as retrieving, flyball, Frisbee, hunt and field trials, agility, tracking, and obedience events. May be shy around strangers. May chase or hunt wildlife or bark.
The Hungarian Vizsla, as its namesake suggests, is a dog that originated in the country of Hungary. The breed can be traced back to the earliest days of Hungarian history, to tribes that inhabited the Carpathian Basin as far back as 1000 BC. Since that time, the Vizsla has faced several bouts of near extinction due to the presence of English Pointers and German Shorthair Pointers, as well as the stresses of World War II. The ancestors of the Hungarian Vizsla are generally considered to be the Yellow Turkish Hunting Dog and the extinct Transylvanian Hound. Over time, the breed has been crossbred with European dogs to improve its hunting skills. It is through this breeding that the current standard for the breed was developed. Because of the breeds age it isn't surprising that the Vizsla is the ancestor of some of today's newer breeds, such as the Weimaraner and the German Shorthair Pointer. Although it is one of the older breeds in existence, the American Kennel Club did not recognize the Vizsla until 1960.