Vizslas are depicted on etchings that date back to the 10th century. They originate from Hungary, bred by the Magyars, who used them as hunting dogs. They are thought to have descended from several types of pointers along with the Transylvanian hound, and the Turkish yellow dog (now extinct). “Vizsla” means “pointer” in the Hungarian language. The dogs worked as hunters, their superb noses and endless energy guided them to excel at catching upland game such as waterfowl and rabbit. The breed almost became extinct after World War II. After the war when the Russians took control of Hungary it was feared that the breed would disappear from existence. In an attempt to save the breed, native Hungarians smuggled some of the dogs to America and Austria.