The Kuvasz breed arrived with the Magyar tribes. The fossilized skeleton, left, is from the 9th century and was excavated from Fenékpuszta in 1978. The formation of the skeleton is almost the same as the modern day Kuvasz's on the right.
Dog decorated on a harness from around 10th century. Found at Gádoros in 1978.
Drawing from the 14th century prayerbook, King Zsigmond’s (1387–1437) breviary found at Buda Royal Court. The illustration depicts the king’s hunting dogs and also indicates selective breeding; Agár (left), Komondor (lower middle) and Vizsla (right) are clearly recognizable.
The oldest depiction of the nobility’s favorite dog, the Vizsla, is a pen drawing in the Codex Albensis, dating to around 1100. This antiphonarium—a collection of religious songs—was hand-decorated by one of its readers after the codex was finished. The pen drawing depicts a Vizsla staring at a rabbit that is calmly eating under a tree.
Vizsla and Agár-like dogs, and an extinct dog, the Szelindek were represented in King Anjou House Nagy Lajos’ Illuminated Chronicle, also known as Chronica Hungarorum. Published in 1358, it shows how important these dogs were to the everyday life of the Hungarian aristocrat.
The second folio depicts an Agár in the front and the extinct Szelindek-like dog behind it.
The third folio depicts the letter "A" embellished with a hunting scene with four dogs. The front dog resembles a Vizsla and the dog on the left matches the ancient Agár.
The 53rd folio depicts the letter "D" decorated with another hunting scene with a dog resembling a running Vizsla.
This collection of the Lives of Saints was specifically written for Prince András, son of King Károly Róbert I (1301–1342) in 1330. The fourth story tells St. Peter's life in 22 pictures. The 16th image depicts two dogs in the front. The left dog strongly resembles the Vizsla, as we know it today.
Martinus Opifex, King Zsigmond’s painter-in-court, illuminated the early 15th-century manuscript with common, everyday scenes. In one scene, he depicts a royal procession that includes children with Agár-looking dogs.
Codices of Dominicus Kálmáncsehi (from 1481) has this beautiful hunting scene on the bottom of its 308th folio. The decoration depicts two huntsmen with three Szelindek-like dogs attacking a wild boar. Their robust, short-haired bodies are all in motion. Historians argue whether the elaborate, lusciously illuminated scene depicts Vizsla, Kuvasz or Szelindek.
The Vizsla appears in a 1487 royal missal belonging to King Mátyás I. The illuminated letter "E" on 107th folio depicts a Vizsla lying calm in the middle of the throne room while King David prays to the Lord.
The third folio depicts a luscious hunting scene in a paradise-like heavenly garden. The page decoration also portrays an Agár-like dog.
The The Ransanus Chronicle was written for Mátyás I around 1489. The 16th folio depicts the royal couple listening to Bishop Ransanus. A small, unidentifiable white dog comfortably lying on its velvet throne is also listening from the far left corner of the royal room.
Multiple authors around the 16th century created this prayer book. The Punishment of the Hunter scene depicts rabbits as heroes and three Vizslas as villains waiting for their deaths, while a tied-up Agár is waiting for its end.