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Kuvasz Facts

  • Group
  • Working
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 24" - 30"
  • Weight
  • 70-110 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 10 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • White
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Ok outdoors

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Alternate Names

kuvaszok, Hungarian Kuvasz


The Kuvasz originated in Hungary.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1100's.


The kuvasz is an ancient breed that is believed to have arrived in Hungary from Tibet during the 13th century. The breed was developed as a hunter, flock guardian, and companion and became popular with nobility. King Matthias I is said to have kept kuvaszok as bodyguards. The breed?s name means ?armed guard of nobility? in Turkish and ?archer? in Arabic. It continues to be used as a working dog in Hungary and elsewhere.


This is a large, muscular, rectangular dog. The long head has a sloping forehead and slanted dark brown eyes. The nose is large and black and the V shaped drop ears are small. The neck, shoulders, and hindquarters are muscular and the chest is deep. The long tail is set low. There is a double undercoat and long, coarse outer coat. It may be wavy or straight but is shorter on the ears, muzzle, lower legs, and feet. There is a ruff at the neck and feathers on the back of the legs and tail. The coat is white.


The kuvasz is a spirited, sensitive breed, gentle and devoted to family and wary but polite with strangers. It is intelligent and curious and can be independent. Usually good with children, it is protective and can misinterpret benign interactions such as rough play between friends.


This breed is outstanding as a herder and as guardian of the flock against wolves. Thanks to its beauty and gentleness, today, it is also esteemed as a companion dog.

Health Concerns

deafness, eye disorders, hip dysplasia, and other orthopedic problems, thyroid problems, von Willebrand?s disease

Additional Information

The kuvasz does best with an active, dog-experienced family in a rural or suburban home.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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