The Vizsla's Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: Hungary Original purpose: hunting Name: Hungarian Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Magyar Vizsla Historical notes: There are two theories regarding the breed's history. The first and most widely-believed says the Vizsla were the hunting dogs of Magyars in the Carpathian Basin over a thousand years ago. Old stone etchings support this. The second theory says that the breed is a product of other pointer breeds in the 19th century.