The Vizsla (a Hungarian word that means “pointer”) is considered one of the oldest-known hunting dogs.
Having faced near extinction twice, the Vizsla has a long and colorful history. The breed is most likely a descendant of eighth-century Hungarian hunting dogs. In primitive stone etchings, the Vizsla is seen alongside a hunter and his falcon. Over a thousand years ago, Magyar warriors, who lived in the Carpathian Basin, bred the ancestors of the modern Vizsla to match their cavalry’s speed and strength. Later, Vizslas were the companion dogs of the early warlords and barons. For centuries, the landowning aristocracy jealously guarded the Vizsla, preserving their pure blood while developing the hunting ability of these “yellow pointers,” identified by the golden-rust coloration from tip to tail.
Selectively bred for hundreds of years by Hungarian noblemen, the breed survived the Turkish Occupation (1526–1696) but suffered a serious decline after the Hungarian Civil War (1848–49). A careful search of Hungary and a poll of Hungarian sportsmen revealed only about a dozen true-type Vizslas still alive in the country. From that minimal stock, the breed recovered. However, after two World Wars and the Russian Occupation, Vizslas once again faced extinction but were saved, in part due to the valiant efforts of Mrs. Elizabeth Mihalyi.
Mihalyi, a noted portrait artist, escaped from Hungary to Austria, saving her family’s Vizsla, Panni XV, from the Russian armies. In Austria, Panni was bred to Betyar, establishing the Panni-Betyar line, which the American Kennel Club recognizes as part of the Vizsla’s foundation stock.
The Hungarian, or Magyar Vizsla, represents one of the best in sporting dogs and loyal companions and has a solid claim to being one of the smallest of the all-round pointer-retriever breeds. Size is one of the Vizsla’s most attractive characteristics. Through centuries, the breed has maintained a unique position for a sporting dog, that of a household companion and family dog. After a hunt, the Vizsla is not content to be put in the kennel with other dogs. Instead, this breed reaches full potential only when accepted as a family member.
The various “strains” of the Vizsla have become somewhat distinctive as individuals have bred stock that suited their hunting style. For many years, the Austro-Hungarian Empire extended its influence over a large area; but frequent border changes reduced Hungary to a mere shadow of its former self. As a result, owners of Vizslas suddenly found themselves living in Czechoslovakia, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Italy, Germany, Poland, or Russia.
When the Vizsla started arriving in the United States at the close of World War II, interest in and devotion to the breed increased. To gain AKC recognition, owners formed the Vizsla Club of America. As a result of registering foundation stock with the AKC, Vizsla owners were able to obtain official recognition in 1960; and the Vizsla became the 115th breed recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Today, the Vizsla is recognized as a superior canine companion and devoted family member, who is versatile in all areas of canine competition. The breed produced not only the first AKC Triple Champion but also the first Quintuple Champion in AKC history. The Vizsla is one of the top three breeds used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Vizslas worked with Search and Rescue in the aftermath of 9/11, and they enjoy continuing success in Seeing Eye programs.
Articles about the History of the Vizsla
- “In The Beginning” by Marion Coffman
- “The Hungarian Vizsla” by Frank J. Tallman
- May Carpenter’s column describing the 1982 Hungarian Breeders’ Conference
- Mrs. Elizabeth Mihalyi’s report to the Magyar Vizsla Club of America, August 14–15, 1954
- “America’s Golden Gun Dog” by Dr. Ivan S. Osborn, 1959
- “A Decade of Vizslas: 1960–1970”
- Chronology of the Vizsla Club of America
- Historical Pictures from The Joan Hunt Collection
- Scanned “Hungarian Review,” Vol. 1, Fall 1971
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Vizsla History Year-by-Year
|Sari and 2 puppies (Shasta and Tito) arrive in Kansas City; Emmett Scanlan of US State Dept. co-owns with Frank Tallman.
|Rex arrives in US, and Emmett Scanlan of US State Department gives him to Frank Tallman.
Sari, Shasta, and Tito are first exhibited at Heart of America Kennel Club in miscellaneous classes by Frank Tallman, with special permission from American Kennel Club (AKC).
Jack Baird, President of Dog Writers, asks Frank Tallman to form a national Vizsla club on June 21.
|Sari and Rex, bred by Frank Tallman, produce the first Vizsla litter in the US on March 23.
Gelse V. Schloss Loosdorf wins first AKC Obedience High in Trial at Twin Cities Obedience Training Club Trial in MN (Novice B, score 199), owned by William A. Olson of Minneapolis, handled by Marly Whiting, bred by Ferdinand Piatti, Austria.
Gelse V. Schloss Loosdorf wins first Vizsla CD title at Minneapolis Kennel Club (3rd place, Novice B, score 196). Owned by William A. Olson of Minneapolis, bred by Ferdinand Piatti, Austria.
The Magyar Vizsla first becomes eligible to compete in AKC Miscellaneous Classes. (There is conflicting data: Diana Boggs, "Arrival in US," and an official AKC document.)
Westchester Kennel Club show, Rye, NY, includes the first Eastern appearance of a Vizsla.
Rex Del Gelsomino wins first documented water and field trial.
|Magyar Vizsla Club of America is incorporated in Missouri by Frank Tallman. First officers: Frank Tallman, president; Emmett Scanlan, vice-presiden; Jeno Dus, vice-president; William Olson, vice-president and treasurer; Jack Baird, secretary and executive director.
Dr. Ivan Osborn gets first 5-generation pedigreed Vizsla stud, Brok Olca, from Czechoslovakia.
|First Magyar Vizsla Club meeting is held on January 1; Vizsla News begins publication.
Chauncey Smith places first ad for Vizslas to appear in Field and Stream.
Fifty-one adult Vizslas in the US.
First 6-generation pedigreed USA Vizsla litter born in Minnesota. The Field Dog Stud Book completes collecting the necessary pedigrees for registration on November 17. It is officially announced in the American Field on December 10.
|Romanze von Trutzhof imported by Frank Houksy, Monterey, CA from the Austrian breeder, Elfrede Glaser and Ch Akil von Grombach from breeder Haida v. FisCher-Csomor produce one litter, which includes Ch Sandor von Debretsin ("Tag") who is the top-producing sire for 1960-1970. Tag's daughter, Ch Besa von Debretsin is the first Vizsla bitch to be #1 winner and #1 producing dam. Romanze, Akil, and Sandor are registered with the AKC as foundation stock.
Article appears in Phoenix Gazette dated February 19, 1955 with a photo of Mrs. William McCauley and her "rare" Vizsla, Gina V. Schloss Loosdorf.
|First Vizsla registered with the AKC is Rex Z Arpadvar on July 26. Owned by Marvin Marsh, bred by Tom Pratt and R. L. Davison.
"Vizsla: America's New Golden Gun Dog" by Dr. I. S. Osborn is published.
Ch Annavolgi Arany is the third Vizsla, first bitch and first import to finish her Championship. Owned by Charles and Joan Hunt, Olny, TN, bred by Istvan Borbely, Jr. Budapest.
|The Vizsla is recognized as the 115th breed by the AKC.
The Magyar Vizsla Club Changes its name to Vizsla Club of America at the request of the AKC, and is incorporated on November 26.
Elisabeth Mihalyi is the first VCA membership card holder.
|"Congenital Hip Dysplasia and Its Ramifications" by Dr. I. S. Osborne is published. The VCA approves a resolution to X-ray breeding stock.
Ch Miklos Schloss Loosdorf wins the first AKC Championship title in California. Owned by G. H. Warholm of Long BeaCh, CA, bred by William Olson.
Remy V Hunt wins the first CDX at the Staten Island Kennel Club (Open B, Score 192, first place). Owner/handler is Fernand L. Gerin.
Ilsa Mira Pala is the first Vizsla bitch shown in conformation at the Vancouver Kennel Club, WA on January 29. Owned by Dr. and Mrs. Be. E. Potts
Prince Rick Selle is the first Vizsla to place in conformation on February 5 at the Muncie Kennel Club, Muncie, IN. Owned by F. C. Hecker.
Ch Duchess of Shirbob CD is the first Vizsla bitch born in the USA to become an AKC Champion. Owned by Walter Campbell, Anaheim, California; bred by Robert Foster, Bremerton, WA.
Elwain Minu Siresht is the first Vizsla to earn a TD. Owned by Irene McElwain Pantzer of Franklin, New Hampshire.
Annavolgi Arany is third Vizlsa and first bitch to finish her Championship. Owned by Charles and Joan Hunt, bred by Istvan Borbely (Budapest).
Ch. Csisckas of Goncoltanya is first Vizsla to place in a Sporting Group (Group 3) at the Heart of America show in Kansas City, MO on Feburary 26. Owned by Charles and Joan Hunt, bred by Jeno Dus.
First Vizsla to be a finalist in Quaker Oats/Ken-L-Ration's annual dog heroes award is Teko who sought help for a 2-year-old mired in mud. Owned by Mr. & Mrs. William L. Hostetler of Bloomington, MN.
|The VCA holds its first national AKC field trial with points November 3-4 in New Sharon, IA, open to other breeds, 5 stakes, 44 entries, Open Limited and Open Gun won by Ripp Barat. Owned by Betty Kenly and handled by Paul Sabo.
Vizslas are shown for the first time at the Westminster Kennel Club, BOB was Ch Ripp. Owned by George and Jean Yovan, Fairfield, CT. A column on Vizslas begins in Popular Dogs magazine.
|The first Vizsla Sporting Team wins the Sporting Group at the Chicago International Dog Show.
|The first VCA sanctioned "A" match is held April 19 in Erie, PA.
Brok Selle wins the first Vizsla AKC field Champion title. Owned by Don Anderson of Denver, CO, bred by Dr. I. S. Osborn of LeSeur, MN.
Ch Piros of Mile High wins the first BIS in North America at the Mexico City Kennel Club. Owned by Ann Debarr of Mexico City, bred by J. R. Holcomb, Englewood, Colorado.
Jan Bodri V Barrington CD, UD becomes the first Vizsla to win obedience high in trial with a score of 198 with 60 dogs competing at the Worchester County Kennel Club trial on December 13.
|The second VCA sanctioned "A" match is held January 30 in Chicago, IL (Decade of Vizslas, 16)
The first VCA national specialty show is held in Chagrin Falls, OH as part of the Chagrin Valley Kennel Club show. Winner is Gypsy's Bronze Bomber owned by Harriet Anderson, bred by Mr. and Mrs. John Kenly and handled by Jack Funk.
Ch Glen Cottage Diva owned and bred by John X. Straus and Joseph F. Cunningham, and Ch Glen Cottage Max Selle owned by John X. Straus and Joseph F. Cunningham and bred by Dr. I. S. Osborn, are the first Vizslas to place in a Sporting Group brace at the Westminster Kennel Club.
DC Futaki Darocz becomes the first Vizsla Dual Champion. Owned and bred by Bela Hadik of Chester, NH, handled by Chauncey Smith.
Ch Gypsy's Bronze Bomber wins the first Vizsla Group One at the Kokomo Kennel Club, October 24. Owned by Harriet Anderson, Chicago, IL, bred by Betty Kenly, Phoenix, AZ.
The first VCA national field trial restricted to Vizslas is held in Greenup, IL.
Kipmiks Hungarian Rhapsody is the first UD, owned by Howard B. Rossiter, Security, Colorado.
Ch Wilson's Pal Joey is the first Vizsla to win BOB at Westminster three times in a row - 1963, 1964, and 1965. Handlers were Jane Kamp (1963-4) and Richard Bauer (1966). Bred by Michael J. MacKinnon.
|Ch Sandor von Debretsin owned by Art and May Carpenter, Carmel, CA and bred by Frank Housky, Monterey, CA, and Ch Besa von Debretsin also owned by Art and May Carpenter, bred by Virginia Griffin, Merced, CA, win the first Best Brace in Show in Canada.
|The VCA National Field Trial held at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Harpster, Ohio has the first catalog with advertising. Bernard C. Boggs was field trial secretary.
Ch Sandor Barat is the first western Vizsla to take BOB at the Westminster Kennel Club in New York City. Owned by John and Marge Mehagian, bred by John and Betty Kenly.
|The first VCA field futurity is held following the national field trial at Bong Recreational Area in Kansasville, Wisconsin, October 12-13. First place winner is Redstone's Skol owned by Harold Wingerter, Muscatine, IA.
The first VCA show futurity is held at the national specialty show in Chagrin Falls, OH, August 24. Magyar's Lady Patricia owned by John C. Blair is Best in Futurity, Oury's Alfi Staraza owned by Harvey and Carolyn Oury, bred by Lou and Peggy Magyar, is Best of Opposite Sex in Futurity.
The first breed book in a series to include the Vizsla is published in US by TFH Publications"How to Raise and Train a Vizsla by Ernest H. Hart.
|Ch Szekeres' Kis Szereto becomes the first Vizsla Dual Champion bitch Owned by Carole Smith and handled by Chauncey Smith, Chester, NH, bred by John and Pat Carter, Winchester, NH.
The first and only Vizsla-hosted sanctioned water trial is held in Ohio.
AM, CAN, MEX Ch Napkelte Vadasz Dalos becomes the first BIS Vizsla in the US at the Terry-All Kennel Club in Colorado. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. William Totton; bred by Phil Wright in Canada.
Ch Debreceny Dezso is the second Vizsla and the first US-bred dog to gain BIS under Judge R.M. Kibler at the Ventura County Kennel Club in California. Owned by Gary Carpenter, bred by Art and May Carpenter, all of Carmel, CA.
Ch Sandor von Debretsin, on of the first Vizslas registered with the AKC as foundation stock, is a top-producing sire for 1960-1970 (see also 1955).
|DC Behi's Csinos Csiny becomes the first Vizsla Dual Champion with an obedience title. Owned by Bernard and Hilda Boggs, Springfield, OH, bred by Robert and Nancy Perry, Acton, MA.
DC AFC Amber's Windy Autumn HOF is the first Vizsla to win both the FC and AFC titles. First Vizsla AKC Amateur Field Champion and first sporting breed to get AFC. Owned by Phil Rosenberg of Illinois; bred by Anthony Lucas.
Ch Napkelte Vadasz Dalos is the first Vizsla to win Best in Show in three countries: Canada, US, and Mexico.
On September 14, the VCA becomes officially affiliated with the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the national parent breed club, with 393 members from 40 states, thanks to work by Bud McGivern and May Carpenter.
|Dr. Bernard E. McGivern becomes the first VCA delegate to AKC.
|Your Vizsla by John X Straus and Joseph F. Cunningham is published by Denlinger's, Fairfax, VA.
The Vizsla by BC Boggs is published by the Glenbrier Publishing Company, Jackson, OH.
Esterhazy Tizsa is the first Vizsla to qualify with a Prize III in Natural Ability in a NAVHDA sanctioned trial in California in March. Owned by William B. Mutch, bred by Joseph H. Nadeker, both of Redding, CA
|Decade of Vizslas 1960-1970 is published and copyrighted by the VCA.
|Ch Taunee's Loki Santana (Bear) set a record for Vizsla males of 7 BIS that was to last for 25 years. Bear was co-owned by Marion Coffman and Linda Greenfield, also the breeder.
The first AKC VCA National Championship (field) is held in Baldwinsville, NY - the Championship was withheld (the only time it ever was). Judges: Ken Marden and Carl Richey.
|DC AFC Brook's Willie Whompum became the first VCA National Field Champion. Owned, handled and trained by Tony Lucas.
The first VCA Annual Obedience Trial is held in conjunction with the VCA 12th Annual Specialty Show and Field Trial at Medford, New Jersey. High in trial was Dorratz Ramriver Beethoven from the Novice A class, breeder/owners Paul and Doris Ratzlaff of Oakland, New Jersey.
First VCA National Specialty combined events are held October 24th-26th at Meford, NJ.
|The first AKC VCA National Amateur Championship Stake and the third National Championship are held at Fort Ord, California, October 21-23.
Mehagian's Peppy Paloma is the first VCA National Amateur Field Champion. Owned and handled by Marge Mehagian. (BC Boggs 2nd, 328)
The VCA National Specialty catalog for show held in Monterey, CA, includes full page ad from Elizabeth Mihalyi showing a reproduction of a painting she did called "Little Mary", depicting a young girl seated with her Vizsla.
Ch. Upwind"s Kis Trefas is the first Vizsla to earn a perfect score in North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association testing. Owned by Trudy Lanman Newto Highlands, MA, bred by Lisa DeForest, New Durham, NH.
|DC Futaki Darocz owned and bred by Bela Hadik, of Chester, NH, and FC AFC Jodi of Czuki Barat, owned by Lewis and Sharon Simon of Antioch, IL, bred by Richard M. Olsen become the first Hall of Fame Vizslas.
Am/Can CH Taunee's Cariann HOF (Cariann) is the first Vizsla to produce Two Different National Best In Specialty Show Winners - 1976 & 1978 (Joshua Melto) and 1979 (Melto's Csaba Zenesz), and also the first Vizsla to produce littermates who won the National Best In Specialty Show - 1976 & 1978 (Joshua Melto) and 1979 (Melto's Csaba Zenesz)! Bred by Linda Greenfield; owned by Lynn Worth-Smith.
|Ch Vulkan of Verity (aka "Brick") and Ch Rocks and Shoals CD (aka "Shoal") are the first Vizsla Best in Show Brace in the US at the Tidewater Kennel Club show, November 2. Owned and bred by Liz Sherman and Joe Mitchell; handled by Liz Sherman, Hollywood, MD.
|Ch Cariad's Kutya Kai Costa becomes the first Vizsla Obedience Trial Champion, first Vizsla triple Champion and first triple Champion of any breed. Owned by Marianne and Robert Costa, handled by Bob Costa, bred by Marion Coffman.
2 x BIS Am Can CH Vizsta's Jolla ("Jolla") becomes the first Vizsla bitch to win best in show in North America (not JUST the USA) under Judge Ed Dixon, at the Evergreen Kennel Club show on March 8. Owned and handled by Carmen Haller & Vaughn Franske; bred by Beryl K Taylor.
Killion's Brown Sugar is the first Vizsla to earn a NSTRA (National Shoot to Retrieve) Championship on June 15 in Adel, Iowa. Owned by Norm Killion
|Ch Harann's Tulipann is the first, and, to date, the only Vizsla to win the Sporting Group at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York City. Owned by Charles Spalding and Anne Denehy.
|The VCA holds a 25th Birthday Silver Jubilee celebration of AKC recognition at the National Specialty in Hightstown, NJ. Winners were BOB Ch Harann's Tulipann, NFC FC Sam's Starbuck, and NAFC FCH AFC Rebel Rouser Smokey's Bandit. Show Chair was Linda Promaulayko.
The first Vizsla Field Champions Classic field trial is held at Kildeer Plains Wildlife Area, Harpster, OH sponsored by Glenbrier Publishing Company (until 1989).
|AKC collaborates with VCA to produce a film about the breed called The Vizsla.
|DC AFC Askim MH HOF is the first male and the first Vizsla who also field trialed to earn a NSTRA (National Shoot to Retrieve) Championship in 1987. Bred by Sharon Schroader; owned by Jim & Linda Busch.
Heather Christie is the first and only Junior handling a Vizsla to win Best Junior Handler at the Westminster Kennel Club. She handled Ch Willo Runn's Bold Brigadier.
Weedy Creek Pharaoh earns the first Vizsla JH. Owned by Jane and Bud Graff.
|Ch Titus Vespasian of Tomel earns the first SH on September 12. Owned by Wayne Taylor.
Three Vizslas became the first finished Master Hunters in the breed on April 17: (1) DC AFC Semper Fi Chesty Puller MH owned by Al Lucas, handled by Terry Lucas, bred by Marge Mehagian; (2) DC AFC Randy Bee's Ramblin Man MH owned by Joe Manning; and (3) DC Am/Mex/Can/Int'l Ch Golden Empire's Beauregard Am. CD, Mex/ Int'l P. C. owned by Michael W. Parks, bred by Michele Coburn and June Paine
Am/Can Ch Lone Junipers Count Barat becomes the first owner-breeder-handled multiple BIS winner on November 28, 1987 at Spokane Kennel Club, WA and on November 25, 1988 at Lewis and Clark Kennel Club. Owned, bred, and handled by E.S. (Buddy) Toadvin, Shreveport. LA.
Am DC AFC NAFC NFC Upwind Selkie is the first Vizsla to win a national AFC and FC in the same year. Owned by handled by Denes Burjan in the NFC and Lisa DeForest in the NAFC.Owned by Lisa DeForest.
|UCD Deacon's Starburst UD, TDI, CGC receives her AD from he USDAA's first sanctioned event on May 6, the first Vizsla in the US to earn the title. Bred by Julia Bonar; owned and handled by Marilyn Arwe.
VC Titus Vespasian of Tomel is the first Vizsla to become a Versatile Champion in NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) on September 9. Owned and handled by Wayne Taylor, bred by Melodie Mattson.
MBIS BISS Ch Penlee's Cutter UD HOF is the first BIS Vizsla to get an obedience utility title on December 8. Owned by J. W. and Joy Lyons, Okeechobee, Florida; bred by Betty Anderson, Bradenton, Florida.
|The VCA establishes the first rescue committee. Rick Davis is appointed the first Breed Rescue Committee Chair.
The VCA becomes the first recognized AKC breed club to establish breed standard qualifications at their national field events to ensure that all the VCA national Champions have no disqualifying faults according to the breed standard. Vizslas entered must receive a QOL (qualify on line) number.
Colby earns the first Vizsla FDCH (Flyball Dog Championship) on November 10. Owned by Cleo Gilley.
The Versatile Vizsla by Marion L. Coffman is published by Alpine Publications.
Lakeside Tizzie Whiz-Bang MH ROM is the first Vizsla bitch to earn a MH on March 16, owned and bred by George Noren, MN.
|The Magyar Vizsla Society is incorporated in the State of New York July 7 by Crimmons and Rysdyk, Riverhead, New York. Its purpose: 1) To encourage and promote the breeding of pure-bred Vizslas and the elimination of genetic defects; 2) To provide methods for breeders and owners to Check their dogs for genetic defects and improper matings; 3) To protect and advance the interests of pure-bred Vizslas and to educate its members and all others with an interest in the breed; 4) To fund research efforts in molecular biology, such as research regarding molecule deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), to determine parentage, breed, and genetic defects; and 5) To provide a registry of Vizslas which have been tested for parentage, breed, and/or genetic defects of owners and breeders.
Nitro's First Class Act (Classy) is the first Vizsla in breed history to win an American Field Championship against all breeds beating 19 Pointers and 4 Setters to win the Region 11 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship on February 22, at Porterville, California. Owned by Cal Monfort, Bruce and Lisa Hale; handled by Bruce Hale; bred by Cal Monfort.
|The first Internet Vizsla listserv is started by Grace Anne Lawson and Lisa Clowdus.
Ch Huntwyck's Woodland Cooper CD TD, JH (Cooper) is the first Vizsla to achieve a Perfect 200 Score in AKC Obedience Trial. Cooper won High Scoring Dog in Trial at the Rio Grande Obedience Dog Club in El Paso, TX, on May 7. Owner/Handler, Melissa Thomas, bred by Jim and Tommie Skrintney, Louisiana.
Kelsey earns the first FM (Flyball Master) for a Vizsla on October 16. Owned by Teri Batton.
|The VCA establishes the first Standing Health Committee. Anne Denehy is appointed the first Standing Health Committee Chair.
Ch. Sandyacre's Hopi Renaissance becomes the first Vizsla certified in search and rescue as a wilderness search dog. Owned by Jim Frazee.
|NAFC FC AFC Viesoo's Red Fox Express is the first Vizsla to win the one hour AKC VCA National Gun Dog Championship. Bred and handled by Jacqueline De Roo, owned by Han Koch.
Agility is added to the VCA National Events.
Under auspices of the VCA Health Committee, the first health study of members' dogs is conducted. Coordinated by Health Committee Chair Anne Denehy.
The VCA Public Education Committee begins; Lynn Worth-Smith is first Chair. The first VCA breed pamphlets are created.
Prairie C'Cruiser Pistolpete NA NAJ is the first Vizsla certified in Search and Rescue for wilderness, cadaver and drown victim recovery with SAR group CASAR K-9. Owned and handled by Sharon Malnar, bred by Lu Hart.
U-AgII Semper Fi Tripoli CD CGC TT JH AD OAJ AX V-NATCH is first Vizsla to earn a title in four different agility organizations: USDAA/AD October, 1996, NADAC/NAC May, 1996, AKC/NA October, 1995, UKC AGI September, 1995. Owned and handled by Madeline Meharg, Annapolis, MD, bred by Terry and Al Lucas, Midland, VA.
|DC and AFC Legacy's DeChartay CDX, MH becomes the second Vizsla Triple Champion and the first Vizsla Triple Champion bitch Owned, trained and handled by Jack Sharkey, Alexandria, VA; bred by Diane Shearer, Pennsylvania.
The VCA Public Education Committee produces the first breeders' directory.
Ch Huntwyck's Woodland Cooper UD TD JH MX OAJ (Cooper) is the first Vizsla to earn one of the Master level agility titles (MX), April 26, 1997. Owned by Melissa Thomas, El Paso, TX, bred by Jim and Tommie Skrintney, Louisiana.
Fieldway"s Nitro Flash is the first Vizsla to win the AKC National Gun Dog Championship; owned by Joe Manning and John Frayne and handled by John Frayne.
Bitteroot Semper Fi Shawnee is the youngest Vizsla and the 4th youngest all-breed dog to receive a perfect score in the NAVHDA ability test on August 24. Bred by Jay Bernhardt, Kellow, ID; owned by Fred Gregory, CO.
Prairie C' Cruiser Pistol Pete NA, NAJ is the first Vizsla certified for search and rescue in live, cadaver and drownings remains. Owned and handled by Sharon Malnar, bred by Lu Hart.
|Citadella Krisztina, CD, is the first Vizsla to earn a TDX title. Owned by Arline and Charles Lovette, bred by Arline Lovett and May Carpenter.
The VCA sets up its first website.
Kallmee Vizcaya's Sassy Dax becomes the first Vizsla certified as a forensic evidence and body recovery canine. Owned by Rita Martinez, bred by Nancy Edmunds and Susan Thibedaux.
Ch Huntwyck's Woodland Cooper UD, TD, SH, MXJ, MX, VC is the first Vizsla to earn an Agility Excellent Jumpers (AXJ) on June 27. Owned and trained by Melissa O Thomas, El Paso, TX, bred by Jim and Tommie Skrintney, Louisiana. Miska earns the first Vizsla FMCH (Flyball Master Champion) on February 15. Owned by Rob Berger.
|AM MEX INT'L Ch Equinox Sassafras CGC TDI MH VC NA NGC, NAVHDA UT, AM & MEX CD, CAN FD, Hungarian CACT, CACIT, Res. CAC is the first American-bred Vizsla to win in a Hungarian International FCI field trial. Owned by Tom and Cindy Pescod, Sonoita, Arizona.
The VCA Welfare Foundation is established. Miska, owned by Rob Berger, is the 1st Vizsla ONYX (20,000 points) on July 11.
TC AFC Legacy"s DeChartay UDX MH MX AXJ VC is the first Vizsla to earn a Master Agility Jumpers (MXJ) title on April 3. Owned by Jack Sharkey, bred by Diane Shearer.
|The VCA Board of Directors established the VCA Welfare Foundation as a charitable and educational 501(c)3, non-profit foundation to serve the health, rescue and education for the pure-bred vizsla. The first Board of Directors consisted of Tom Pescod (President), Pat Carnes (Treasurer), Lynda Ruffini (VCA Health Committee Chair), Steve Shlyen (VCA Breed Rescue Committee Chair) and Lynn Worth-Smith.
TC AFC MACH Legacy's Dechartay UDX MH is the first Vizsla and first dog of any breed to earn five AKC Championship titles in the organization's 116-year existence. Owned by Jack Sharkey, Alexandria VA; bred by Diane Shearer, Pennsylvania.
BIS MBISS (Can Nat'l BIS) Am Can Ch Bowcot Pekogait One Man Band MH AX AXJ (Bud) is the first multiple BIS winner to get a MH on April 23 at Mansfield Hollow, CT. Handled by Walter Cruz; bred by Robert Shapiro; owned by Kim Himmelfarb.
Prairie C' Cruiser Pistol Pete NA, NAJ is the first Vizsla Internationally Certified in Human Remains Detection in 2000. Owned by Sharon Malnar, bred by Lu Hart.
Poquito's Vida Cielo Azul, CGC becomes the first Vizsla certified in Search and rescue as a disaster dog. Owned by Jim Frazee. )
Golden Glows Hurricane Calvin is the first Vizsla to earn a NATCH in NADAC in 2000. Owned and handled by William Gignac.
|Ch Barben's A Star is Born CD, TD, AX, AXJ is the first Vizsla to earn a VCD1 when she completed her TD at the Tidewater Tracking Club trial in Yorktown, VA on February 4. Owned by Doris D. and Clyde R. Erskine.
Ch Poquito's Chile Sandia Verde VCD2 AX AXJ is the first Vizsla to earn a VCD2 when she completed her TD at the Tracking Club of El Paso in El Paso, TX, on February 11, 2001. Owned by Melissa O. Thomas and Maria F. Zucconi of El Paso, TX, bred by Maria F. Zucconi, Las Cruces, NM.
U-AgII Semper Fi Tripoli CD CGC TT JH AD OAJ AX V-NATCH is the first Vizsla to earn a Veteran NATCH (NADAC Agility Trial Championship) on May 27, in Arnold, MD. Owned and handled by Madeline Meharg, Annapolis, MD; bred by Terry and Al Lucas, Midland, VA.
Ch OTCH Titan's Vintage Promise, UDX (Tess) is the first female Vizsla to get a score of 200 and the first Vizsla to get three 200's in obedience. Co-owned by Anne Standen and breeder Peggy Schmidt.
Prairie C'Cruiser Pistolpete NA, NAJ (Pete) receives the first Vizsla AKC ACE (Award for Canine Excellence) honorable mention for Search and rescue work at the World Trade Center after 9/11. Owned and handled by Sharon Malnar, bred by Lu Hart.
Ch MACH 6 Jasper The Tazmanian Devil SH MX MXJ is the first male Vizsla to earn an AKC Master Agility Championship (MACH) in Bonita, CA on April 1. Owned and handled by Susanne Glasgow.
Ch MACH 6 Jasper The Tazmanian Devil CD SH NF MX MXJ is the first male Vizsla to earn a MACH 2 on May 27. Owned and handled by Susanne Glasgow, bred by Barbara J. Fraus.
BIS BISS Ch Jnek's King Ralph JH ROM is the first Vizsla to win Best of Breed, Best Bred-By and Sporting Group 3 at the AKC Eukanuba Invitational. Owner/breeder/handlers Kathy, Jeff and Christine Engelsman, Handled by Christine Engelsman who also placed 4th in Junior Showmanship.
The first year the VCA National Specialty was not hosted by a single member club but by a conglomeration of Vizsla people from the Midwest to the West Coast.
|BIS BISS Am/Can Ch Bowcot Pekogait One Man Band MH became the first vizsla Master Hunter (MH) to win an AKC All-Breed Best In Show at the Union County Kennel Club, in May 27, 2002. Owned by Saul and Kim Himmelfarb; bred by Dr. Robert D. Shapiro.
Christine Engelsman is the first Junior Handler with a Vizsla (BIS BISS Ch Jnek's King Ralph JH ROM) to place (4th) at both the Westminster Kennel Club and Eukanuba Invitational shows.
Paudons Gunner of Sansouci is the first Vizsla to be on the podium at an agility Championship"Pre-Elite 2nd Place at NADAC in September. Owned and handled by Madeline Meharg, Maryland, bred by Paulette Kilmon.
Ch MACH 6 Jasper The Tazmanian Devil CD SH NF MX MXJ is the first male Vizsla to earn a MACH 3 on November 30. Owned and handled by Susanne Glasgow, bred by Barbara J. Fraus.
The first Vizsla (Roy) is added to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration's National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program and works at the Atlanta Airport.
BIS MBISS (Can Nat'l BIS) Am Can Ch Bowcot Pekogait One Man Band MH AX AXJ (Bud) is the first Vizsla Master Hunter to win BOB at Westminster. Handled by Pat Crowley; bred by Robert Shapiro, owned by Kim Himmelfarb.
BIS BISS AM/CAN CH Dirigo Gambler"s Marker ROM HOF is the first Vizsla on record to live 20.5 years (1982-2002). Owned and bred by Susan Gray.
|BISS NFC DC INTL Ch Csardas Lakeside Zephyr SH CDX RA VC is the first Vizsla NFC to obtain a BISS at the Vizsla Club of Northern California show, Antioch, CA, on June 7. Handled by Roy Smith, owned by Nancy Staley, bred by Marian Sears, Nancy Colwell and Robert Studer.
Ch MACH 6 Jasper The Tazmanian Devil CD SH NF MX MXJ is the first male Vizsla to earn a MACH 4 on September 6. Owned and handled by Susanne Glasgow, bred by Barbara J. Fraus.
Multiple Group Placing, BIS, BISS, Am/Int CLady Jazzberry Of Brazenrock RN, JH, NA, NAJ (Holly) is the first Vizsla to win BEST IN SHOW & BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW from PUPPY CLASS, Vizsla Club of Illinois Specialty & Kishwaukee KC, Belvidere Illinois, on the same day at 9 months old in July. Bred by Deborah Baker, Karen Iacobellis, Jenna Zablow, Melissa Lembke, Michel Berner and Kathy Englesman: owned by Deborah Baker, Donna Yakel and Valerie Smith.
Ch. Glen Cottage Loki Barat CDX, ROM, HOF becomes the first Vizsla in history to produce two Hall of Fame honorees, TX Cariad"s Kutya Kai Costa UD, VC and HOF (1993) who was also the first triple champion on AKC history in 1980, and 7X BIS BISS Ch Taunee"s Loki Santana CD, ROM, HOF (2003). Owner and breeder: Marion Coffman.
|Hungarian and American Ch. Valley Hunter Natural Selection, is the first non-Hungarian Darwin Best of Breed and Pointing Group Winner- International Show, Kecskemet, Hungary, in September, and the first BOS Hungarian Breed Show and Jubilee Hungarian Champion Owned by Jean Matmor, Adele Neupert and Lisa Durham.
Ch Sansouci Czudar Panni MH is the first Vizsla to go from JH to MH with straight qualifies. Owned, handled and bred by Linda Pruitt, Onancock, VA. Super Sonic Chelsea Anna is the first FGDCH (Flyball Grand Champion-30,000 points); owned by Jean Auen-Drahos on May 15. (email from Marianne Megna, Sept 22, 2014)
MBIS MBISS Am/Can/Mex/Intl and World Ch Renaissance Lord Of Th' Dance JH is the first and only Vizsla to win both the US National Sweepstakes and the Canadian National Sweepstakes in the same year. Handled in Canada by Linda Clark and in the US by Linda Durham, owned and bred by Linda Durham, Oklahoma.
Paudons Gunner of Sansouci is the first Vizsla to earn a NADAC NATCH 2 on June 6 and the first Triple Triple Superior on May 30. Owned and handled by Madeline Meharg, Maryland, bred by Paulette Kilmon.
Ch MACH 6 Jasper The Tazmanian Devil CD SH NF MX MXJ is the first male Vizsla to earn a MACH 5 on November 7. Owned and handled by Susanne Glasgow, bred by Barbara J. Fraus.
16XBIS 20XBISS Am/Can/Mex/Int Ch GCH Renaissance Lord of Th" Dance SH, VC, ROM, MAOM, Top Producing Sire (Konner) is the first Vizsla to win both the US National Sweepstakes and the Canadian Sweepstakes in the same year. Owned and bred by George and Linda Durham. Handles in Canada by Linda Clark and in the US by Linda Durham.
|FC AFC Valley Hunter Divine Edition UD RAE MH AX AXJ OF VC (Edie) is the first Vizsla to earn the Rally titles RA (February 12) and RE (February 27). Owned by Lisa Durham, Tallahassee, Florida; bred by Betty Anderson and Jean Matmor, AlaChua, Florida.
Ch RU Redi for a RePete JH, RE, VC (Cougar) is the first Vizsla in Search and Rescue to become an AKC Champion in 2005. Owned by Sharon Malnar and Lu Hart.
Paudons Gunner of Sansouci is the first Vizsla to earn a NADAC Versatility NATCH on June 12, also a first NATCH-2 on June 6, a first NATCH 3 on April 23, and a first NATCH 5 on September 18. Owned and handled by Madeline Meharg, Maryland; bred by Paulette Kilmon, Onancock VA.
ARCHEX, RL2X, RL3X, U-UD, U-AGII, Koppertone"s Casey Baratom, UDX, RAE, MX, MXJ, CGC, EAC, EJC, EGC, TN-E, TG-E, WV-O, ASCA CD, RV-E, JV-E, GV-N, Bermuda CD, NA, OA, FDCH-G on March 19, 2005 at the Breakaway Action Dogs APDT Rally Trial in Frederick, MD became the 1st dog of any breed to be awarded the Championship title ARCHEX. He also was the 1st dog to earn the Rally Level 2 Championship on March 13, 2005 and the Rally Level 3 Championship on March 19, 2005. Bred by Mark S. Goodwein, Bonnie Goodwein and Carol Parker. Owned by Marianne Megna.
|FC AFC Valley Hunter Divine Edition UD RAE MH AX AXJ OF VC (Edie) was the first Vizsla to compete in all five venues at a National Specialty Show, rally, obedience, agility, conformation and field trial. Owned by Lisa Durham, Tallahassee, Florida; bred by Betty Anderson and Jean Matmor, Alachua, Florida.
Ch CT JNEK'S Teacher's Pet JH VCD2 UD TDX AXVST is the first Vizsla to earn an AKC tracking Championship title on May 21. Owned by Mel Lloyd, Mt. Morris, IL, bred by Kathy and Jeff Engelsman, Glen Ellyn, IL.)
DC AFC Bitteroot Semper Fi Cutter wins the Inaugural All-Star Review at the VCA National Specialty in Dover, DE. Owned by Clinton and Valerie Sails, Midland, VA; bred by Paul Jay Bernhart of Kellog, ID.
Paudons Gunner of Sansouci is the first Vizsla to earn a NATCH-5 in NADAC on June 18. Owned and handled by Madeline Meharg, Maryland; bred by Paulette Kilmon.
10 x BISS, 2 x BIS Am Can Int CH Am Can GCH Tierah's Chinnook Chief JH, CGC, Can. CGN ("Nico") becomes the first Vizsla to win the Canadian National Specialty THREE times (2002 - Annie Rogers Clark; 2003 - Joan Beech; and 2006 - Pluis Davern) on July 22. Bred by Jill Brennan and Brook Weller; owned by Jill and Jim Brennan.
Int BIS NBISS Am/Int CH Renaissance Passionate Kisses ROM "Paris" becomes the youngest Vizsla in breed history to win the VCA National Specialty - 2006, at the tender age of 10 months old! Owned by George and Linda Durham.
UCI Group Winning AKC Best Of Breed Winning Int BIS NBISS Am/Int CH Renaissance Passionate Kisses ROM (Paris) is the youngest Vizsla to win the VCA NATIONAL SPECIALTY - at the tender age of 10 months old, Dover, DE - October 17-October 21, 2006. Owned and bred by Linda & George Durham; handled by Diana Jones.
|Effective January 1, a DNA number is required to enter all VCA National Events.
Beverly and Ed Wanjon are the first Vizsla breeders to be voted AKC Sporting Group Breeder of the Year.
Ch MACH 6 Jasper The Tazmanian Devil CD SH NF MX MXJ is the first male Vizsla to earn a MACH 6 on February 3. Owned and handled by Susanne Glasgow, bred by Barbara J. Fraus.
16XBIS 20XBISS Am/Can/Mex/Int Ch GCH Renaissance Lord of Th" Dance SH, VC, ROM, MAOM, Top Producing Sire (Konner) is the first Vizsla to win the World Championship title and the Sporting Group at the World Dog Show in Mexico. Owned by George and Linda Durham; handled by Linda Clark.
BIR 3X BISS GCH DC AFC Snowridge Gunfire Flynn MH WT AOM CGC (Flynn) is the first male Vizsla Grand Champion Dual Champion on October 31at the Delaware Kennel Club, Delaware, OH. Handled by Deanna Rotkowski and Suzanne Branch; owned by Steve and Roseanne Whitney of Independence, OH; bred by Sue Boggs
|MBIS MBISS Am/Can/Mex/Intl and World Ch Renaissance Lord Of Th' Dance JH is the first Vizsla to win 16 Best in Shows and 17 Specialty Best in Shows setting a new record for the breed. Owned and bred by Linda Durham, Arcadia, Oklahoma.
MACH (11/2008), ADCH (9/2007), NATCH (2/2005) Vizland's Spy Keyser Sozze RN becomes the first Vizsla to gain Championship titles in all three national agility organizations. Owned by Vanessa Mortarino, bred by Amy L. Holland.
MBIS, BISS Am/Can Ch. Akar Malek By Faithful Miro CD is the first Vizsla to win BIS in the Canadian all-breed Show of Shows at the Ottawa Kennel Club. Owned by Marie-Renee Doyon and Jacqueline Veillette of Quebec City, bred by Jacqueline Veillette.
Ch UJJ Laszlo's Botond Junior/senior II became the first Vizsla to earn a title in dock diving from the UKC with a United Junior Jumper on April 12, 2008 at the Cincinnati Pet Expo. Owned and handled by Thom Hadfield, bred by Janet Brooks Carney, Michigan.
|Repete Bigrocks Somewhat Saintly (Agnes) is the first Vizsla to complete the National READY TO READ! Literacy Assistance dog title on MarCh 3rd, just a few days shy of being 7 months old, the youngest dog to have currently earned the title. Owned by Sandra Crumrine, Bedford, VA: bred by Sharon Malnar and Mark and Carla Greisen, all from Cabot, AR.
Ch Tamaron's Kan U Believe It (Kubi) is the first Vizsla to get a Nose Work 1 title on June 7; Owned by Victoria Lovejoy and Steve Howeron; handled by Steven Howeron; bred by Tami & Leon Westerbeck.
Repete Bigrocks Somewhat Saintly (Agnes) becomes certified as the first Pervasive Developmental Disorders Assistant Dog, the youngest dog to do so, and only the third to be certified nationally as a PDD dog for private treatment programs/sessions. Owned by Sandra Crumrine, Bedford, VA, bred by Sharon Malnar and Mark and Carla Greisen, all from Cabot, AR.
MACH ADCH-Bronze Sun Meadow's Summer Knight LAA-Bronze TM-Platinum JCH-Bronze GCH-Silver SACH-Bronze SCH-Silver RCH-Bronze OF CD RE CGC (Austin) is the first Vizsla NDAA Tournament Master. Owned and handled by Melanie Miller, Raleigh, North Carolina; bred by Leah and Mark Clayton, Edmond, Oklahoma.
Ch USJCH Laszlo's Botond Junior/Senior II is the first Vizsla to earn a Championship title in dock diving with a United Senior Jumping Championship on June 12, at the UKC premier in Kalamazoo MI in Kalamazoo. Owned and handled by Thom Hadfield, bred by Janet Brooks Carney, Michigan.
Am/Int'l BIS CH Sea Hills Montana Cowboy Joe (Joey) is the first Vizsla to earn a UCI/IABCA World Super Cup Sieger Champion-Gold in Antioch, CA on September 29. Bred by Pamela K. and Randi K. Pierce, Santa Barbara, CA; owned by Laurel and Roger Siebecker, Mariposa, CA.
16XBIS 20XBISS Am/Can/Mex/Int Ch GCH Renaissance Lord of Th" Dance SH, VC, ROM, MAOM, Top Producing Sire (Konner) is the first Vizsla to win 16 Best in Shows and 17 Specialty Best in Shows, setting a new record for the breed. Owned by George and Linda Durham.
Ch Renaissance Gift Of Grace ROM (Jessie) is the first Vizsla to produce two VCA National Specialty winners by two different sires- 2006 & 2009! Get names: 2006 Int BIS NBISS Am/Int CH Renaissance Passionate Kisses ROM "Paris" 2009: NBISS - 2007 World CH 16xBIS 20xBISS Am/Can/ Mex/Int CH GCH Renaissance Lord Of Th' Dance SH, VC, ROM, MAOM "Konner" Owned and bred by George & Linda Durham.
|JNEK Buzz's Paprika Pup THD is the first Vizsla AKC titled therapy dog on April 13. Bred by Kathy and Jeff Engelsman.
GCH Kezdet's Grand Mark Gedeon became the first Grand Champion for the vizsla breed on May 30, 2010. Gedeon is owned by Natalie Russo, Slingerlands, New York, and bred by Judy Saddlemire, Scotia, New York. Two weeks later, at the Greenwich Kennel Club, under Judge Pluis Davern, Gedeon became the first Grand Champion vizsla to win Best-in-Show.
Multiple Group Winning, MBIS MBISS Am/Int GCHS CH Renaissance Girls Gone Wild JH, ROM, 4xNAOM (Flirt) is the FIRST FEMALE VIZSLA to earn her GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP (GCH) TITLE on June 6. Owned and bred by George & Linda Durham: handled by Linda Clark.
Ky's CJ's New Star becomes the first Vizsla to hike the entire Appalachian Trail from Atlanta to Maine, April-October. Bred by Thecla Tyner, Greenville, SC; owned by Daniel Sims, Atlanta, GA. Recorded at http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Lif6o8iE5cA.
10 x BISS, 2 x BIS Am Can Int CH Am Can GCH Tierah's Chinnook Chief JH, CGC, Can. CGN ("Nico") becomes the first Vizsla to finish BOTH an AKC and a CKC Grand Championship at the GIg Harbor Kennel Club on September 25. Bred by Jill Brennan and Brook Weller; owned by Jill and Jim Brennan.
|MACH ADCH-Bronze Sun Meadow's Summer Knight LAA-Bronze TM-Platinum JCH-Bronze GCH-Silver SACH-Bronze SCH-Silver RCH-Bronze OF CD RE CGC (Austin) is the first Vizsla winner of the USDAA Lifetime Achievment Award. Owned and handled by Melanie Miller, bred by Leah and Mark Clayton.
AM/CAN CH Russet Leather Wild Sundance RN CA (Redford) becomes the first Vizsla to earn a Coursing Ability (CA) title at the Chintimini Kennel Club, May 21, in Cottage Grove, OR. Co-owned by Rhonda Johnson, Springfield, Oregon, and Jamie Walton, Claremont, California; bred by Jamie Walton, Carol Dostal Keller and Beverly Wanjon, all of California.
DC Lagniappe's Chosen One MH, becomes the first female GCH DC at the Greater Ft. Meyers Dog Club, May 14. Handled by Krissy OÃ¢â¬â¢Brien, bred by Glen Saucier and Elizabeth Chandler; owned by Jennifer and Paul Hermes of Tampa, FL.
MACH5 Hilldale If I Had A Million RE JH OF earned her MACH5 on May 8, becoming the highest agility champion titled Vizsla bitch. Bred by Janet Svoboda; owned by Barb and Ralph Scalise.
CH MACH Sunnyside's Rainey Day Blues RA JH MXS MJS MSP2 MJP2 MJPB XF NFP becomes the first 11-year-old Vizsla to acquire a MACH at 11 years, 3 months at the WAG Agility Trial on July 17. Bred by Sharon Misiak and Gwen Tomlinson; owned by Polly Poulos of Chicago, IL.
Russet Leather Wild Azsu CD RE JH XF (Tokji) becomes the first Vizsla GCH MACH At the South Bay Kennel Club show on August 14. Bred by Jamie Walton, Carol Dostal Keller and Beverley Wanjon; owned and handled by Jamie Walton. Both her GCH and MACH were earned after a near- fatal accident in which she lost a lung.
Russet Leather Sacajawea III RE SH, XF (Geli) becomes the first Vizsla GCH MACH2 on August 19 at the Puget Sound Vizsla specialty. Bred by Carol Dostal Keller, Rick Dostal and Beverley and Adrian Wanjon; owned by Jamie Walton, Carol Dostal Keller and Beverly Wanjon; handled by Tad Walden. Geli is a spayed veteran who earned every GCH leg at independent specialty shows.
Three Vizslas tie for first Nose Work 2 title on December 10: Kubi, handled by Vicky Lovejoy; Leah handled by Lisa Clowdus, and Risco handled by Rena Thomason.
CH MACH3 PACH Stonepointe's Secret Weapon JH MXP2 MJP2 PAX OF ASA AJ VC CGC (Stealer) is the first Vizsla Preferred Agility Champion at the Golden Retriever Club of Columbus Ohio trial held in Zanesville, OH on December 31. Owned by Mike Lifer of Pickerington, OH; bred by Suzanne Branch.
GCH MACH Diamond Cruiser 5280"s Reap What You Sow RE MH MXS MJC OF T2B CA CGC (Karma) is the first female Vizsla to finish a CA title on October 1, 2011 at the Rocky Mountain Coursing Club trial in Wellington, CO; Owned by Marc Spencer, Jennifer Follett & Tad Walden; handled by Jennifer Follett; bred by Ron and Sue Moller.
BIS 3XRBIS 2XNBIS GCHP CH Regal Point Pinnacle of Kilauea CD CGC ROM MAOM (Mason) is the first Grand Champion Vizlsa to win the VCA National Specialty Best of Breed. Owned by Sandra Middlebrooks, Deborah Verret, Susan Rushing & Debbie Sullivan; handled by Karen Newman.
|GCH CH Russet Leather Hunter's Dance CD RE MHA MX MXJ MJB XF (Battue) is the first Vizsla and first of all breeds Master Hunter Advanced (MHA) at the GSP Club of Northern Sacramento Valley Hunt Test, Rio Vista, CA, on March 17. Owned by Jamie Walton and Jeff Ort; handled by Jeff Ort; bred by Jamie Walton, Carol Dostal Keller and Beverley Wanjon.
DC AFC Valleyhunter Vermilion Grant, CD MH JHR VC ROM NAVHDA NA and UT Prize 1 earned the first Vizsla Junior Hunter Retriever title (JHR) at the Mid-South Hunting Retriever Club hunt test in Grenada, MS on May 13. Owned by Adele and Edward Neupert; bred by Jean Matmor.
MACH7 Hilldale If I had a Million RE JH MXG2 MJG2 (Penny) is the first Vizsla to earn a MACH7 on August 4.
GCH Russet Leather Wild Bill Cody MHA RA is the first Multiple BIS Vizsla to earn a Master Hunter Advanced (MHA) title at the Las Vegas Bird Dog Club on December 2. Handled by Warren Eizman of Anza, CA; bred by Jamie Walton, Carol Keller and Beverley Wanjon; owned by Betty Meadows Bresnahan of Pacific Palisades, CA and Jamie Walton of Claremont, CA.
Leah is the first Nose Work 3 Vizsla on December 8; handled by Lisa Clowdus.
BIS 3XRBIS 2XNBIS GCHP CH Regal Point Pinnacle of Kilauea CD CGC ROM MAOM (Mason) is the first Vizsla to attain a Platinum Grand Champion title on August 31. Owned by Sandra Middlebrooks, Deborah Verret, Susan Rushing & Debbie Sullivan; handled by Karen Newman.
2XBIS 17XBISS (record) GCH CH Koppertone"s Claissical Minuet (Minnie) is the first female Vizsla to win 17X BISS. Owned by Alyson Lyons, David Stankey, Mark & Bonnie Goodwein and Pam Lambie.
|As of February 1, with DC Vermilion Honest Abe SH NAVHDA NA Prize1 at the South Louisiana Vizsla Club field trial, owned and bred by Adele and Eddie Neupert, there are 174 Dual Champion Vizslas of record: 122 dogs and 52 bitches.
NWGDC GFC JB's Double Action Ruger (Kota) becomes the first Vizsla Grand Field Championship on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Rocky Mountain Vizsla Club field trial held at Rocky Mountain Roosters, Calhan, CO. Owned by Chet and Jody Beckley of Colby, KS.
Ch Tamaron's Kan U Believe It (Kubi) NA NAJ NW1, NW2 NW3-C NW3-I NW3 Elt, Elt-1 L1C L1E L21 is the first Vizsla to earn all four of his Nose Work 3 element titles on February 16 and June 22. Owned by Victoria Lovejoy and Steve Howeron; bred byTami & Leon Westerbeck.
|Int'l BA Ch Sassafras Whisper Sweet Nothings at Tierah JH CD RA NAVHDA Prize 1 ("Rumor") became the youngest Vizsla to earn an AKC Rally Title (a RN) and the youngest Vizsla to earn an AKC Obedience Title (a BN) at 6 months and 3 days old (at the Spokane Kennel Club obedience trial in Spokane, WA), on May 24. Rumor is owned by Jayme Nelson and Eleesa Markham, and was bred by Melina Black, Richard Black and Emma Black.
Platinum GCH Nyircsaszari Szilva Palinka JH, awarded Select Bitch by Judge Eugene Blake on June 18 at the Yellowstone Valley Kennel Club show in Billings, Montana, becomes the first Vizsla bitch to have attained this distinction. Owned and bred by Sylvia Kerr of Denver, CO; shown by Diana Wilson and finished to her last few points by Juliet Clendenon.
MACH Moramore's Red Hot Reba CDX RAE JH MXS MJS T2B XF ONYX is the first Vizsla to reach Flyball Grand Champion 40,000 points on May 11 at the Dog Training Club of Chester County, Exton, PA. Owned by Marianne Megna; co-owned and bred by Joseph Diaz and Kathie Amore.
CH Paradigm Boulder"s G"Day Bindi TDU TDX JH NA NAJ NJP NFP is the first Vizsla to earn a Tracking Dog Urban title at the Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club in Ft. Collins, CO on July 20. Bred by Meg Farmer, Mike Farmer & Edwin Foster, Jr. Owned by Sheryl Hohle of Sarasota Springs, UT.
|GCH Cameo's Closest to the Pin MH UT3 (Zeke) earned a NAVHDA Utility Prize 3 at the Shenango Chapter Spring Test in Pa. in May of 2015, making him the first Vizsla to have earned a NAVHDA Utility Prize, a MH (at the Mason Dixon GSP Club Test in Pa. in March of 2015), and a GCH (Feb. 16 2013 in Howard County Md at the Maryland Kennel Club Dog Show.) Trained and handled by owner-handler Phil Rosenbaum (field titles) or his wife, Tara Kramer (GCH).
GCH CH Hilldale's Winter Warrior Cmf BN RA JH RATN CA CGCA CGCU NAVHDA Prize 1 is the first Vizsla to earn 10 titles before the age of 2. The titles were earned at Wakesha Kennel Club April 27, 2014 (CH); GWCPI September 6, 2014 (JH); Northern Illinois NAVHDA September 27, 2014 (NAVHDA Prize 1); Happy Feet K-9 Agility April 26, 2015 (RATN); Jefferson, Wisconsin May 3, 2015 (BN); Waukegan Park Dist (test held in Fox Lake, IL) May 17, 2015 (CGCU); Wheaton Kennel Club June 6, 2015 (GCH); Cuddly Kennel Club August 8, 2015 (CA); Kenosha Kennel Club September 6, 2015 (RA); Milwaukee Dog Days of Summer, November 2, 2014 (CGCA). Owners: Jennie Croft, Andrew Freburg & Heidi Croft; Handler: Heidi Croft; Breeders: Janet Svoboda, Wendy Kempfer & Sandy Remmers.
GCH Vista Ridge Tybee Island (Charlotte) is the first Vizsla to earn a grand championship at the age of 10 months, 16 days at the Salisbury, NC Kennel Club Show on May 29. Owned by Susan Daly; handled by Kacie Davis of Cherryville, NC; bred by Susan Daly and Lisa Tallant.
|CMF Thousand Points of Leitz BCAT is the first female Vizsla to receive a BCAT on June 11 at the Bluegrass Coursing Club. Bred by Marcia Finch, Dallas Finch and Christina Freitag; owned by Christina Freitag.
DP's Orult Raketa Kozett (Kozi) JH BN RN RA CA RATN RATC RATS RATM CGC CGCA CGCU THDN THD CZ8B is the first Vizsla to earn 14 titles before the age of 2 with her Barn Hunt Master title in Janesville, WI on April 10, 2016. She is also the first Vizsla to earn the Barn hunt Crazy 8s bronze title (CZ8B) on November 13, 2016 in Novi, MI--one of the first 15 dogs in the country to ever receive the title. Bred by Joseph Duffek II; owned by Joseph Duffek III and Stevie Marie Duffek.
GCHB CH Hilldale's Winter Warrior Cmf BN RA JH FDC RATN CAA RATN CGCA CGCU NAVHDA Prize 1 is the first Vizsla to pass the requirements for the FDC Test (Farm dog certificate) at the Border Collie Society of America's national speciality on September 7, making him the 1st Vizsla and 3rd all breed dog to every receive this, as well as the first Vizsla to earn ten titles in ten different events before the age of two. Owners: Jennie Croft, Andrew Freburg, Heidi Croft; Handler: Heidi Croft.
MACH Moramore's Red Hot Reba CDX RAE JH MXG MJG T2B XF ONYX, RATO 60K is the first Vizsla to reach Flyball Grand Champion 60,000 points on November 4 at the Talbot Kennel Club/Heartland Equestrian, Frederica, DE. Reba also won the NAFA: Iron Dog Award on October 7 (for 10 consecutive years racing in Flyball) in Indianapolis, IN. Owned by Marianne Megna; co-owned and bred by Joseph Diaz and Kathie Amore.
Am Field 1xCH 2xNACH, NFC NGDC 2xRU-NFC RU-NAFC FC AFC Lundy's Red Bull is the first and only Vizsla in history to be invited to the Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America"s National Amateur Shooting Dog Invitational Championship, December 2016.This Championship, open to amateur handlers only, invites the Top 12 dogs in the country to participate. It is run over a three day period, two days of qualifying and the final day of competition to select a Champion. Bred by Michael Lundy; owned and handled by Laura Miller.
On December 16, 2016 at 7 years of age, MBISS GCHS Am/Can/Int'l CH Dezertfyre's Captain's First Mate CDX RA JH OA AXJ NF RATN CGCA (Riker) became the first and only Vizsla to win AKC's Invitational National Owner Handler Series Finals Best Sporting Dog of the year 2016 by winning breed under Mrs. Wendy G WIllhauck then winning group under Dr. Gareth Morgan-Jones. To qualify for an invitation to compete in the finals a dog needs to be ranked in the top ten of their breed during the qualifying period. Every year since AKC has tracked NOHS rankings (4 years starting in 2013), Riker has been ranked in the top 10. Handled by Carla Slabaugh and is co-owned with husband Ron Slabaugh. Bred By Michael and Sheila Wald.
GCH Cameo's Closest to the Pin MH UT3 (Zeke) is the first Vizsla with a GCH and MH to earn a UT1 (up from a previoius UT3) at the NAVHDA invitational in August in Ohio. Owned and handled by Phil Rosenbaum
|CH Firelight Citius Altius Fortius at Trublu (Ashe) is the first Vizsla to attain a Championship (CH) title at the tender age of 6 months and 28 days on January 22, 2017 at the Manatee KC/Tampa Bay Vizsla Club Specialty in Brooksville, FL. Owned by Laurel Mdley, Michelle Porfido and Karen Beckwith; handled by Laurel Medley. Breeder(s): Karen Beckwith and Katharine Murray.
Firelight's Cariad Elgin Geronimo RA, CA, RATN, CGCA, TKP (Strider) is the first Vizsla to earn the TKP (AKC Trick Dog Performer) title on May 3. Bred by Karen Beckwith and Nancy Edmunds; co-owned by Karen Beckwith and Anna Craig.
International CH Everedi's Fire in the Sky DE, (Flash) is the first Vizsla to earn a Dock Elite title from NADD/ACK AKC on Sept 10, 2017 in Gray Summit, MO. Flash was also the first Vizsla to reach a personal best jump of 25'6" Breeders/Owners: Lin J. Kozlowski and Jean Thomas. Handler: Lin J. Kozlowski
Multiple UKC BIS, AKC BPIS Multiple AKC BOB AKC GCHB AKC/UKC/International/National CH Hilldale's Winter Warrior (Winter) CMF BN, RA, JH, FDC, CAX, DCAT, THDN, RATN, CGCA CGCU, TKA, ATD, UR01, UR02, SPOT-ON, NAVHDA NA Prize 1 TN-1 is the first Vizsla to receive a DCAT on 9/15/2017 at the first ever Eukanuba Performance Games at the Roberts Centre, Wilmington, Ohio, hosted by LAKE COUNTRY LURE COURSERS. He also placed 4th at the first ever FAST CAT Championship on September 17th, 2017 at the same event. Bred by Janet Svoboda, Wendy Kempfer & Sandy Remmers; owned by Jennie Croft, Andrew Freburg & Heidi Croft; handled by Heidi & Jennie Croft.
GCH DC Tierah's The Spy Who Loved Me MHA Navhda-NA-pz1 (Bond) finished his Dual Championship on December 4 at the TBVC Field Trial, his mother (CanCH INTCH GCH Tierah's Ernest Hemmingway RN) became the FIRST VIZSLA BITCH IN HISTORY to produce both an all-breed BEST IN SHOW winner and a DUAL CHAMPION.
DP's Orult Raketa Kozett (Kozi) VCD1,BN, RE, TDU, JH, FDC, OA, OAJ, OF, CAX, FCAT, SWA, SIEE, SCM, SIM, SEM, SHDE, THDD, RATCHX2, CZ8P2B, CGCA, CGCU, TKP is the first female Vizsla to earn Novice Trick Dog, Intermediate Trick Dog, Advanced Trick Dog and Trick Dog Performer titles. Owned, trained and handled by Steve Duffek.
Firelight Citius Altius Fortius at Trublu AOM (Ashe) is the first male Vizsla to get his championship title at 6 months and 28 days on January 22. Bred by Karen Beckwith and Katharine Murray.
|DP's Orult Raketa Kozett (Kozi) VCD1,BN, RE, TDU, JH, FDC, OA, OAJ, OF, CAX, FCAT, SWA, SIEE, SCM, SIM, SEM, SHDE, THDD, RATCHX2, CZ8P2B, CGCA, CGCU, TKP is the first Vizsla to earn the Crazy 8's Platinum 2 Bronze Title on August 19, as well as the first Vizsla to attain the Scent Work Handler Discrimination Excellent title in November. Owned, trained and handled by Steve Duffek.
GCHB CH Rustic Road's Rowdy Redhead CD BN RN MX MXB MXJ MJS NF T2B CA CGCA. gained a MACH title at the Central Wisconsin Vizsla Club Agility Trial at Canine Sports Zone in Middleton, WI on June 1, 2018. Breeders are Teresa and Frank Rizzo (Rustic Road's) and owned by Weston and Tamara Jone Brown.
Multiple UKC BIS, AKC BPIS Multiple AKC BOB AKC GCHB AKC/UKC/International/National CH Hilldale's Winter Warrior (Winter) CMF BN, RA, JH, FDC, CAX, DCAT, THDN, RATN, CGCA CGCU, TKA, ATD, UR01, UR02, SPOT-ON, NAVHDA NA Prize 1 TN-1 is the first Vizsla to receive an NSD (stunt dog) title on August 19 at WAG Agility Sports Complex in Spring Grove, IL. Bred by Janet Svoboda, Wendy Kempfer & Sandy Remmers; owned by Jennie Croft, Andrew Freburg & Heidi Croft; handled by Jennie Croft.
|DP's Orult Raketa Kozett (Kozi) VCD1,BN, RE, TDU, JH, FDC, OA, OAJ, OF, CAX, FCAT, SWA, SIEE, SCM, SIM, SEM, SHDE, THDD, RATCHX2, CZ8P2B, CGCA, CGCU, TKP is the first Vizsla to earn the Scent Work Interior Excellent Elite title in February. Owned, trained and handled by Steve Duffek.
|RACH Kizmar Doran Pm True From the Start UDX PCDX OM1 BN RM2 RAE3 MX MXJ MJB OF CGCA TKI is the first Vizsla to earn a Rally Championship title on January 4 at the Clemson Kennel Club, Anderson, SC. Bred by Kym Fisher & Kathy Rust; owned by Anne Standen.
Ch Cameo's Rollin' N Tumblin' RATI is the first Vizsla to participate in the Penn Working Dog Center Citizen Science Program in January. Breeders: Iva Fisher & Yovonne Baggott-Jones; Owner: Colleen A. Schwartz