Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 10-14 years
Weight: Male: 25-27, Female: 20-25
Height: Male: 22-24, Female: 21-23
Origin of Name: The Vizsla is a dog breed from Hungary and belongs to the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) group.
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The Magyars clashed with Russian footsteps sometime in the mid-800s and devastated Western Europe for 50 years. These ferocious robbers rode the horse and wreaked havoc across the continent, causing a wide gust of death and destruction in their wake. They stretched as far west as Paris and as far south as Italy's toe, before settling in Hungary.
The supremacy of the Magyar cavalry was based on three qualities: speed, agility and toughness. Accordingly, the Magyar warriors carefully nurtured these qualities in their horses and their dogs. On horseback in this lightning-fast state, it either remained or was destroyed. The agitated red dogs of the Magyars, the ancestors of the modern Vizsla, remained.
For centuries, Hungarian nobles and chieftains refined these dogs and determined the type of modern Vizsla. The breed became famous as a fast, all-purpose Hunting Dog that could ask for anything. In modern times, that eagerness has won over Vizslas generations of American fans.
The first Vislas to visit the US in 1950 were smuggled from communist Hungary with the help of an American State Department employee. Fifty years later, a Wizsla named Charte became the first dog in AKC history to earn a championship in five different sports - a quintuple champion. It is no surprise that the words ""versatile"" and ""vizsla"" often appear in the same sentence.