This document is the most important document of the modern history of the Hungarian Vizslas. At least to those who care about the history of the breed att all.
It was stored in Canada. No one knew - after the end of the 1960-ies - what it was all about, as it was written in Hungarian and put aside as one of the documents of no importance. Until 2010 - when by a pure chance - I was asked to tell what this letter was about. As soon as I've read it, I knew this was what we Hungarians always refered to as the "missing link" of the Hungarian Vizsla History, the link we Hungarians always talked about and regretted we didn't have.
I realized immediately the utmost importance of this letter, as it identifies the old Hungarian Vizslas before and during World War II., the ancestors of our Hungarian Vizsla stock, we Hungarians thought were lost to us forever because all the aproximately 700 pedigrees of Vizslas disappeared after the World War II. Some say the pedigrees were "saved" from the Russians, some say they were simply stolen. Up to to day the pedigrees are lost and there is very - if any at all - hope they will ever be found, as the person who took them is no longer alive and he never revealed where the pedigrees were.
Therefore this is the most important document for all people seriously involved in Hungarian Vizsla as it identifies the ancestors of all Hungarian Vizslas to day.
Mihály Kende was a very important person during and after World War II. within the Vizslas.
re-newal of the breeding of the Vizsla after the World War II
By Mihály Kende, Budapest, 1966
Translated from Hungarian by Katalin Poór ©
the end of World War II. our entire country became a battlefield. The
landlords and their workers - who made the golden age of the Vizsla with unselfish,
generous work, got into a situation when they were forced to try to manage
their most necessary daily livelihood and could not think of hunting or
re-newing the hunting with Vizslas.
of the habitants of the country changed their addresses, moved around, and
in this Hungarian wandering 80% of the Vizslas were lost. The majority of
the remaining Vizslas were in un-knowing hands, they either died or were
bred with other breeds.
dog breeding clubs were ceased.
Agricultural Ministry – when they reconstructed the country’s animal
breeding – gave the registration of the purebred dogs to the Országos Törzskönyv
Bizottság (National Pedigree Committee) and gave order of making the
Magyar Ebtörzskönyv (Hungarian Dogpedigree). Most of the dog breeding
clubs’ pedigrees were still in the country, so to continue the
registration was possible. But the pedigrees of the Országos Vizsla Club
Magyarvizslás Szakosztály (National Vizsla Club Hungarian Vizsla
Sektion), - the datas of about 7000 Vizslas – were taken by the chief of
those times registration, colonel Jenö Dús, to the West. He sent a
letter to me in 1953 letting me know he was alive and I asked him during
our correspondence to let me have the Vizsla pedigrees. He let me know he
would make the necessary arrangements to send them to me. Unfortunately he
died in a car accident without making the arrangements. This unfortunate
circumstance made it even more difficult to identify the living Vizslas
origin. So those excellent lines bred during the beginning: Végvári+Leányvári,
Mesterházi – Vácdukai – Sabária – Kaposfüredi – Szikra
(Kittenberger) – Miki (Lassányi) – Sashegyi – Hévizi – Palóc
– etc kennels which gave not only to the Hungarian but also the
Tscheckoslovakian and Austrian hunters those very good Vizslas; either
were ceased or taken abroad. Only in very rare cases came an O.V.C (Országos
Vizsla Club [National Vizsla Club]) pedigree into the hands of the
registrator; those were copied and with the help of it they could identify
the ancestry of some Vizslas.
the Agricultural Ministry started to register the dogpedigrees in 1947,
only a few Vizslaowners knew about it, therefore only very few Vizslas
were registered in the beginning. There was no club for the breed, which
would control the breeding, so there was only manufacturing of Vizslas,
Agricultural Ministry seeing that the lack of Vizslas made a great loss to
find the shot game during hunting, started three Vizsla breeding farms:
Malerd Vizslafarm in Hejöcsaba, Erdész Vadászkutya breedingfarm and Kiképzöfarm
in Gödöllö and one in Bábolna, at the National Agricultural Farm.
Dogpedigree arranged a dogshow every year. The dogowners in Budapest
gathered in the Micsurin Agricultural Institute’s dog section and
started there the breeding of Vizslas again in 1952.
this time this dog section took over the organization of the dogshows. I
took over the organization of the Gundogs subdivision of the Dog section
and arranged huntingdog trainings every year. I tested the dogs first to
see if they had ability so the owners would not have costs in vain. On
these training courses I educated not only the dogs but the dog-owners too
to hunt with gundog. The trainings were on Sundays on the territory of
Pestszentlörinci Huntingclub, then I gave them the lessons for a whole
week – showing them each moment – and letting the owners repeat it
with their dogs and next week the gundogowners showed me the results of
one weeks training. I succeeded to train some good gundogowners and
hunters every year of those who were determined enough.
Agricultural Ministry allowed us to start our own club in 1955 and in
January 1956 we started the Magyar Kutyatenyésztök Országos Egyesülete
(Hungarian Dogbreeders National Society). In the gundog special section of
this club gathered all the gundogowners and I became the president of it.
first bloodline is after Derby Winner and 2 x Winner male Puschi
(Bogár x Lady Metternich), owner
István Drevenka, engineer in Pestszentlörinc and Winner Vlada
(Fickó II x Cánki Kacér). This pair had 12 puppies in 3 litters. Puschi
even mated a female named Panni,
she had 7 puppies. These were the 2. and 3. notifications in the Mv
(Magyar vizsla – Hungarian Vizsla) pedigree. At this time Endre Félix
and János Forti were still alive, both
were certified judges by the O.V.C. (Országos Vizsla Club –
National Vizsla Club), and they gave Puschi Derby Winner and 2 x Winner
titles and Lada the Winner title. Both dogs must have inherited well
because among their progenies one can find HPJ and DPY Winner and Hungaria
Winner dogs. Later either one of them or both were in the pedigree of the
majority of the Vizslas. The second bloodline was the Cánki
kennel, owner dr. Alajos Gestettner, Kispest. This kennel was
established already in the golden age of the Vizslas (1924-42). This
inherited very well too, several HPJ, Derby Winner and Hungaria Winner
males and females came from this breeder. HPJ, HDJ, Ö Hgy (örökös
hungaria gyöztes – Eternal Hungaria Winner) male Cánki Pajtás mated 9 times and the 9 females gave 47 puppies.
Winner Cánki Csibész under
1950-51 mated 3 females and had 17 puppies.
third bloodline was established by Eternal Winner Betyár
(Cánki Pajtás x Bizsu), Imréné Hausmann, Budapest. He mated 6 females
during 1956-58 and this bloodline gave 31 puppies.
fourth bloodline was established by Ripp
(Winner Csibész x Lidi), breeder Jenö Becsei, owner Pálné Bartók,
Budapest. This male mated 7 females during 1956-59. 42 offsprings were
after him. He inherited very well, for example from the mating of Kati-Jutka
from the litter Winner Csibi x Panni
came HPJ, Derby Winner, Polish Winner, Eternal Winner, Cabib Csikcsicsói
Apród and HPJ Csikcsicsói
Ari-Nóra. This later ended up in Canada and got many awards there.
from these four bloodlines learned very easily and were good gundogs. Half
of these progenies were owned by hunters. These hunters showed their dogs
in one occasion each, but those who lived in Budapest and its surroundings
showed them several times on shows. Unfortunately this caused that on
shows Vizslas who were only pets won, because the hunters in the
countryside were content with one judgment, they had no time and money for
the Spring those Vizslas which were applying for the hunting training we
tested for their ability, but during those five years I led the training
we only had to disqualify one Vizsla because he didn’t show any lust for
hunting nor did he point the game.
of September 1956 together with the Magyar Vadászok Országos Szövetsége
(Hungarian Hunters National Union) we arranged a trial for 15 Vizslas. Frici,
male, owner Géza Katona, Falls Church, won the group of junior Vizslas
with 97 points, and Diósgyör
Jakab, male, owner Nándor Knefély, won the senior group with 139
points. The demand of the juniors was 100 points, and of the seniors 140
Autumn happenings in 1956 (the
Hungarian revolution, note from Katalin) disturbed the wellestablished
system of the Vizsla breeding once again. Once again several Vizslas lost
owners and depended of the goodwill of good hearted people. Because the
new owners could not prove their ancestry, the Gundog Section ordered the
judging of the looks and the hunting abilities of those dogs, and if they
got “good” for the looks and “very good” for the abilities, they
got a B pedigree with ancestors unknown. They became permanently
registered from B pedigree if they proved with the puppies from two
different combinations that the offsprings didn’t have any other
breed’s influence. This was controlled by the breeding controllers and
if they found the litters good they could suggest the parents’ permanent
registering. The litters’ looks and abilities were controlled and judged
again when they were at least eight months old and if the young Vizslas
showed as good qualities as their parents, they were also registered.
above mentioned bloodlines had several side-lines, which all will be
mentioned here down bellow.
(Eternal Winner Betyár x Nóra), owner Erzsébet Czinege, Budapest. This
male mated 5 females and had 55 puppies. Very many of these puppies went
Winner, Eternal Winner, CACIB Csikcsicsói
Apród (Ripp x Kati-Jutka) inherited excellently. This male with
excellent features and prima working abilities mated 21 females during
1959-65 and got 100 puppies, among the puppies several got different kinds
of titles. Very many puppies were taken abroad.
Winner Jakab (Csalán x Bakfis), owner Nándor Knefély, Diósgyör. This
male mated 5 females and gave 22 offsprings to the Hungarian Vizsla
people. He inherited his ability for hunting with hawks. The puppies were
bought by hunters around Miskolc and they are all very pleased with them.
good hunting bloodline is Sibriktelepi
Aba-Betyár (Ripp x Fruska). He got 31 puppies from 5 females. These
were also owned by hunters.
Betyár II. (Eternal
Winner Betyár x Zsuzsi), owner Sándor Regöczi, Budapest. This male
mated 8 females during 1958-60, 47 puppies were after him. According to my
observations the majority of those puppies which were born in 1960 had to
loose eyelids. Among the ancestors of Zsuzsi
were Végvári Betyár and Miki,
both males priced with several titles and had excellent features and she
carried their blood.
(Czánki Csibész x Gegesi Csitri) owner János Uláh, Mezöhegyes.
This male served the hunters in and around Mezöhegyes with Vizslas. In
the years 1957-59 he mated 7 females and got 38 pupies.
(it is Sibriktelepi, it is merely
a misspelling) (Csibész x Fruzsi), owner Pál Visnyovszky, Budapest,
mated 9 females during 1958-64, with the result of 61 puppies.
x Kitty), owner Lajos Lukács Csernus. The owner raised this dog as a
youngster with biotics and because of this he became 64 cm big. This male
mated 31 females during 1958-63 with 146 puppies as result.
Tomi x Csöpi Pansi), owner Jánosné Jánosi, Budapest. The owner got the
dog during the events of 1956 and could not prove his ancestry, but
because he had excellent features several females were mated with him. He
got 27 puppies after 6 females.
star of István Homoki Nagy’s films, Fickó
(Lurkó x Árgus) represents a new bloodline. Breeder and owner Kálmán
Szigethy, Budapest. He mated 5 females with the result of 25 puppies.
Winner Hungaria Winner Dárdai
Matyi (Harry x Dárdai Zsuzsi), breeder Béla Kerekes, Budapest, owner
Szabolcs Harsányi, Budapest. A male with excellent features, well passed
on the ability test, so far he mated 4 females with 23 puppies as result.
x Leila), breeder Pál Szigethy, Gödöllö, owner Kálmán Szigethy,
Budapest. This male mated 2 females five times and got 29 puppies.
Picki-Muki x Gyöngyi). This male, just as Szolnoki Picky-Muki, was raised
with biotics and became even 2 cm bigger than his father, he is 66 cm.
This male is also very used in breeding. He mated from the 13th
of April 1961 to the 13th of January 1966 23 females and made
the Vizsla stock richer with 125 puppies.
ancestors), owner Gyula Paulini, Gyula. This male with unknown background
must be a very good hunting dog, because the hunters in and around Gyula
take their females to him to mate. He mated 4 females and got 20 puppies.
Winner, Hungaria Winner Pisti
(Sibriktelepi Pisti x Rita). This
male, as I heared, is a very welltrained dog, but he is not inheriting so
well with every female. He has mated 11 females, 68 puppies are after him.
Morcos (Rex) (Eternal
Winner, Polish Winner, CACIB Csikcsicsói Apród x Kati), owner Mártonné
Szabó. This male mated 5 females, 17 puppies are after him.
Winner Hegyesdi Erdész-Fickó (Betyár II x Sibriktelepi Cili) has
excellent abilities and he is a very good hunting dog. He has mated 7
females, 50 puppies are after him, he lives in Italy since 1965.
Nagyerdei Adi Bitang
x Panni). Breeder László Rajnai, Budapest, owner Antal Szabados jr.
Budapest. This male has mated 4 females, 24 puppies are after him.
x Szolnoki Kitty). Breeder Erzsébet Czinege, Budapest, owner György
Matuska, Solymár. He has mated 4 females, 17 puppies are after him.
Vica). Breeder Adrás Korecz, Pestszentlörinc, owner Róbert Kocsis,
Pestszentlörinc. He has mated 4 females, 15 puppies are after him.
Bikfic x Zsuzsi II.). Breeder: István Borbély, Budapest, owner Budapest
Zoo. He has mated one female 3 times and got 20 puppies.
Winner, Polish Winner, CACIB Kiscsicsói (misspelling,
must be Csikcsicsói, Katalin’s note) Apród x Divat-Tücsök)
breeder and owner Gusztáv Rudlof, Eger. This male has to to day mated 5
females and has 51 puppies.
x Leyla) breeder Ferenc Szalai, Dunakeszi, owner János Papp, Dunakeszi.
Mated 5 females and got 23 puppies.
(Édenkerti Csibész x Kacér), breeder dr. Endre Király, Budapest,
owner Iván Kisházi, Szentendre, Lajos-forrás. Mated 7 females, has 41
x Diva), breeder Pál Szigethy, Selyp, owner Zsigmond Párkány,
Tiszaszederkény. Mated 6 females, 27 puppies are after him.
Virányosi Pufi Filkó
Winner, Polish Winner, CACIB Csikcsicsói Apród x Csolnoki Lux), breeder
Géza Paulovits, Budapest, owner Károly Zodoma, Györ. Mated 5 females,
26 puppies after him.
Winner Pisti x Dárdai Cili), breeder Miklós Farkasházi, Hortobágy,
owner Budapest Zoo. Mated 5 females, from which he has 17 puppies.
Derecskei Pandúr Puschi (Tószegi
Durcás x Szamosi Dáma Gina), breeder István Drevenka, Budapest, owner
György Boros, Újpest. Mated 3 females, 15 puppies were born.
Hungaria Derby Winner Borvidéki Nimród (Eternal Winner, Polish Winner, CACIB Csikcsicsói
Apród x Árokparti Dáma) mated 2 females. There are 13 puppies. I have
seen one of his litters, wonderful 5 males, 1 female.
Hungaria Winner, Best of his Breed, CACIB Nótás
(Édenkerti Csibész x Csibi Böske) breeder and owner József Vasas,
Miskolc-Tapolca, so far he has not mated.
are those females who were famous and winners or they offsprings were
Vlada, breeder dr. Alajos
Gestettner, owner István Drevenka, Pestszentlörinc, (Fickó x Cánki Kacér)
had 12 puppies.
(Fickó x HPJ Hungaria Winner Cánki Kacér) had 4 puppies.
Cánki Kacér (Zsivány x
Kati), breeder Alajos Gestettner, Pestszentlörinc had 8 puppies.
Bözse (Winner Puschi x Winner
Vlada), breeder and owner István Drevenka, Pestszentlörinc had 5
(Winner Puschi x Panni), breeder Gyula Hess, Budapest, owner Jánosné
Jung, Budapest, had 13 puppies.
(Winner Puschi x Winner Vada), breeder István Drevenka, Pestszentlörinc,
owner Béla Kerekes, Újpest. Had 16 puppies.
x Tündér Lidi), breeder and owner Erzsébet Czinege, Budapest. 19
Dárdai Zsuzsi (Winner Fickó x
Dorka), breeder and owner Béla Kerekes, Újpest. Had 18 puppies, mostly
were taken abroad.
x Zsazsa), breeder Lidia Kéri. 18 puppies.
Betyár x Dorka), breeder and owner Béla Kerekes. Had 23 puppies.
Winner Hargitai Ancsa (Hungaria Winner Betyár x Hargitai Réka), breeder
Lidia Kéri, Budapest. 18 puppies.
Winner Dorka (Eternal Winner Betyár x Plutó), breeder Zsigmond Virág,
Pestszentlörinc. In this female there is the blood of Végvári Betyár
and Eternal Winner, Champion Niki. Had 16 puppies.
(Aba Betya – Dárdai Bori), breeder and owner József Farkas,
Budapest. Most of her puppies are in Greece. She had 14 puppies.
x Frucsi), breeder József Farkas, owner Antal Gmeiner, Esztergomtábor.
Had 16 puppies.
Winner Divat Tücsök (Fickó x Leyla), breeder Ferenc Szalai, Dunakeszi,
owner Gusztáv Rudlov, Eger. Had 21 puppies.
Aba Betya x Dárdai Bori), breeder József Farkas, Budapest, owner Iván
Kisházi, Szentendre. Had 11 puppies. She became one of the founding
females of the Lajos-forrási kennel.
x Mici), breeder Erzsébet Czinege, Budapest, owner Gézáné Szigethy,
Budapest. She gave birth to 16 puppies.
(Szolnoki Picki Muki x Derby Winner Csikcsicsói Ara Nóra), breeder
Lajos Dudás, Budapest, owner Sándor Miklós, Budapest. Had 21 puppies.
x Dorka, breeder Kornél Kiss, Högyész, breeder Sándor Berek, Tengelic.
Had 22 puppies.
Caró x Lady), breeder András Heltai, Budapest, owner Géza Paulovits,
Budapest had 20 puppies after Csikcsicsói Apród.
x Leyla), breeder Pál Szigethy, Selyp, owner Kálmán Szigethy, Budapest.
Had 26 puppies after Csavargó.
Högyészi Szilvia Zsóka
x Dorka), breeder Kornél Kiss, Högyész, owner Budapest Zoo. There are
20 puppies after her.
(Csikcsicsói Apród x Csibi), breeder Lajos Szinák, Budapest, owner
István Drevenka, Pestszentlörinc. She had 22 puppies.
x Hévizi Bori), breeder János Szurka, Pécs, owner Ádám Gép, Pécs.
Had 8 puppies.
Winner, Hungaria Derby Junior Tardosi
Pletyka (Hegyesdi Erdész Fickó x Tardosi Lili), breeder Lajos Dudás,
Kispest, owner György Jelenka, Miskolcs-Tapolca. She hasn’t got any
Winner Lotti (Zsivány x Högyészi Szimat), breeder Sándor Berek,
Tengelic, owner Bertalan Berdók, Bátaszék. She has not given birth yet.
Ujvárosi Dóra-Pletyka (Bodrogközi
Ádáz x Szidi), breeder dr. Ferenc Saád, Miskolc, owner György Jelenka,
Miskolc-Tapolca. Had 7 puppies so far.
Derby Winner Fabiánsebestyéni Fruska-Kati (Édenkerti Csibész x Kati), breeder
Jenö Kába, Budapest, owner László Pauliny, Budapest. 1 liter, 2
Magyarkuti Tünde (Édenkerti
Csibész x Mezöfalvi Lady), breeder Gusztávné Szabó, Budapest, owner
Dezsö Rigó, Budapest. The female is still young.
develop the breeding we miss trials very much. We haven’t had trials for
10 years. Therefore the owners of the females had no help when they chose
the male to mate with. Very many dogs with very good ancestors (as for
example the Végvári and the Leányvári kennel, Szikra (Kittenberger),
Miki (Lassányi), Sabaria, Vácdukai, Kaposfüredi, Hévizi, Sashegyi, Palóc
kennels were not used in breeding, they got too old and died without
offsprings. But there were dogowners, who managed to get to many females
to their un-priced males which were not exceptional in their looks nor in
year in every district the Club will arrange trials, the 3 best dogs in
the district trial will start on the national trial, this way many males
will be studs and we can diminish that people mate females from Tiszántúl
to males from Dunántúl and visa versa.
owners who are no hunters we will try to force to train their dogs or have
them trained and the special section will also give everybody opportunity
to get the dogs hunting skills, so with the natural selection the Vizsla
breeding will get to the high level it was before. The goal of the special
section is to allow registration of puppies only after parents which both
are hunting or have hunting test. This can be achieved in 3 years, and we
can go over to this method without any problems.
mention also the owners of the kennels in pre-war time, maybe you can find
those in the pedigrees of the to Canada imported Vizslas and you can get
some help to find out the bloodlines.
Végvári or Leányvári kennel, owner Károly Bába, Battonya. The change
in the kennelname occurred when the owner moved. The kennel has ceased to
exist because of the death of the owner.
Kaposfüredi kennel, owner Kálmán Polgár, Kaposvár. Ceased because of
the death of the owner.
Progenies of Szikra and Szidi without kennelname. Owner Kálmán
Kittenberger, Nagymaros. The kennel ceased at the death of the owner.
Progenies of Böngér and Miki without kennelname. Owner József Lassányi,
Debrecen. The kennel ceased to exist at the death of the owner.
Vácdukai kennel. Owner Count Miklós Serény, Vácduka. The owner moved
Sabaria kennel. Owner Albin Lékai Lingbauer, Szombathely. Owner died,
breeding has ceased.
Sashegyi kennel. Owner Mihály Kende, Budapest. All of the dogs were
killed under the siege of Budapest.
Hévizi kennel. Owner prince Festetich and his estate in Keszthely-Héviz.
The estate was disbanded, the owners left for abroad. The Vizslas were all
taken by the personal of the estate.
10. Palóc kennel. Owner Jenö Dús, Buffalo, USA. He died in a car accident. His son inherited his dogs.