Originating in Hungary, the Hungarian Vizsla was also known as the Hungarian Pointer or the Magyar Pointer. The Vizsla, once established as a breed, was used almost exclusively by nobility for falconing and hunting. The Hungarian Vizsla is a sleek, muscular, medium-sized hunting dog with a beautiful rusty-gold coloured short coat. In Hungarian "Vizsla" means alert and responsive. It is robust but lightly built. In the past few years this breed has become a popular work, show and companion dog. This is an active, energetic working dog with enormous stamina. It is reliable with children and will quickly adapt to family life. The Vizsla is a fine retriever with an excellent nose, and is a good small game and bird hunter and pointer - even on marshy terrain.