Kuvasz At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (Working); ANKC (Working); CKC (Working); FCI (Sheepdogs); KC (Pastoral); UKC (Guardian)
Large. Weight: Males 88–136.5 lbs; Females 66–110 lbs Height: Males 28–30 inches; Females 26–28 inches
Thick and double-coated.
10 to 12 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
The Kuvasz looks like the Great Pyrenees with the Labrador Retriever's head.
The Kuvasz is a breed that has guarded the livestock of Hungary for thousands of years. They are believed to have been brought to Hungary along a similar path as the Komondor. Unlike the Komondor though, this breed is used in wetter mountainous areas rather than the drier plains.
The look of this breed is similar to other dogs such as the Great Pyrenees, with a thick white double coat. However, they feature a flatter, blockier head similar to that of a Labrador. As with other guardian breeds, they are independent and may be wary of outsiders that are not part of their family group.
Independent and calm, the Kuvasz is a single family dog. They bond well with their family unit but are wary of outsiders and will protect the family from potential intruders. Socialization is extremely important as well as training. Failure to socialize and train this dog may lead him to challenge the dominance of his owner or does things on his own.
The average lifespan of the Kuvasz is 10 to 12 years, slightly above average compared to other dogs their size. Some health issues include hypothyroidism, progressive retinal atrophy, and oesteochondritis dissecans. Other health concerns include ligament injuries and hip dysplasia due to their larger size.
The thick coat of this dog requires weekly brushing to be maintained. The coat will naturally shed dirt and water, so bathing should be rare, if at all, to prevent the loss of natural oils that keep the coat repellent. However, if bathing is needed, a sensitive skin or gentle oatmeal shampoo should be used to help prevent drying out of the skin.
There is a saying that the Kuvasz should be taught, not trained. His independent nature makes him an independent thinker, so showing by example and instinct are the best ways for him to learn. A firm, but reasonable hand will allow him to figure out on his own what he wants to do. Socialization is also very important to keep him sociable around others.
A job to do is important for this dog breed, even if it is not his traditional job of guarding a herd. Physical and mental stimulation including plenty of long hikes, outdoor activities and fun jobs like agility or herding will keep him happy. Failure to keep him occupied may lead to a destructive and bored nature.