The Vizsla can be traced back to ancient Hungary in the 10th century. They were bred by the native tribe known as the Magyar who developed the dog with superior hunting abilities suited to the Hungary terrains. Although surviving through many events in history, the breed nearly became extinct by the end of the World Wars. To save the breed, native Hungarians brought dogs to America and Austria in 1950 where they have been slowly regaining popularity. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1960.