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Breed History

Hungarian Pointer is recognized as a national hunting dog in Hungary and was popularly called the "Viszla." The origin of the breed itself there are two theories.

First one theory suggests the beginnings in the 9th century. They argue that this type of hound came back more than 900 years ago, along with nomadic tribes. Its origin is seen in the eastern Hound brought to the Carpathian Basin nomads, where he was matching up with the local hounds. This theory is evidenced by written descriptions containing the graphic illustrations, which were discovered and their age is estimated at the 14th century.

The second theory is contrary to fact favors the origin of the yellow Turkish dogs. It should, however, may explain the fact that in the 16 and 17 century culture was strongly influenced by the Turks, and so we can not rule out that there was a matching up. This suggests that the characteristic yellow-red color, which is for dogs from Asia typical.

Either way the next phase of the dogs were crossed with Weimar Transylvanian hound and pointers. It needs a fast versatile dog that can find game birds and gouge it. This was associated with a penchant for falconry by these Huns nations knew long before their arrival in Europe. It is these Shorthair Pointer who are used in accordance with falconry can be considered the predecessor of the Hungarian hound. It is a huge hobby Hungarian nobility in hunting and falconry brought Vizsla breeding. Hungarian aristocracy of the breed highly valued and carefully took care to preserve its purity. From the records of the 18th and 19 century, however, that there have been crossing with some other breeds to highlight and promote specific properties. Around 1825 were valued Vizla in Hungary and declared "official Hungarian vystavovacím dog".

Purebred breeding Vizsla Hungarians began sometime around 1917. The main emphasis was put on the color and the dog's hunting skills. In the 30th years, a rough-coated variety and probably přikříženým German wirehaired Pointer. Today we know thus two varieties Vizsla.

In May 1920, the company was founded Hungarian Hungarian hound breeders.

In 1936, Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer FCI recognized as a separate breed.

At present, the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer today widespread in Eastern and Western Europe and the USA. Its haired version is not so often seen.

Other names used for the Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer (MOK) - Hungarian Short-haired Pointing Dog, Rövidszörü Magyar Vizsla