History and Origins
Prints dating back 1,000 years show Magyar hunters (early settlers in Hungary) with dogs and falcons. These dogs were very similar to the Wire Haired Vizsla dog breed of today. When the Magyars went to other countries they took their dogs with them, which led to crosses with other breeds, but it was almost wiped out by the two World Wars. The breed only exists today because some were smuggled out during this time. Recent selective breeding developed the Vizsla dog breed as an all-round hunter, pointer and retriever. The wire-haired variety was developed in the 1930s and is becoming more popular with hunters, as it can withstand colder climates and cold water better than the short-haired variety.