Hunting is in the Vizsla's blood. The Hungarian Pointer is one of the world's oldest pointers, having first hunted with the Magyar nomads as far back as the 9th and 10th centuries AD. Throughout the Middle Ages, Vizslas would find prey for the falcons of noble and aristocratic hunters. Today, the Vizsla remains one of the elite hunting dogs, prized for its keen nose and eyes and outstanding ability to locate, point, and retrieve game.
The Vizsla is a close-ranging hunter that prefers to keep its master(s) in sight. Fearless yet deliberate, a Vizsla will seldom pass by or accidentally scare up game. A Vizsla can follow both air scent and ground scent, and its short range and methodical style enable it to conserve energy during long hunts. An excellent swimmer that will readily retrieve fallen birds from water, the Vizsla has a short coat that makes it unsuitable for icy water.
Though versatile, the Vizsla is considered better suited to being a bird dog than an all-purpose hunter. Its hunting style and abilities are a good match for the walking hunter in search of woodcock or ruffed grouse in close, heavy cover. The Vizsla is also a great pheasant dog.
Highly intelligent, loyal, and sensitive to a fault, Vizsla hunting dogs respond well to affection and praise. If you need to admonish your Vizsla, do it gently. Vizslas are usually attentive and obedient to commands, though they can be distracted or self-willed at times.