Kuvasz

Working Group

Kuvasz dog sitting in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 26-28 in, Males 28-30 in

Weight

Females 70-90 lbs, Males 110-115 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The Kuvasz (pronounced "koo-vahs") originated in Hungary, tasked with guarding flocks of livestock from predators. It is believed that they may date back as long ago as the 9th century, as a dog skeleton almost identical to the modern Kuvasz was found near Keszthely from this time. When the Magyars settled Carpathian Basin in Hungary, there was an increased need for livestock guardians, leading to the development of the Kuvasz. The breed was eventually discovered by King Matthias Corvinus, who is said to have trusted his Kuvaszok more than his own guards. The breed nearly became extinct after WWII as they were killed by German and Soviet soldiers who saw them as a threat due to their reputation as being devoted protectors. Luckily, devoted breeders were able to save the breed using the few individuals that had survived.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Kuvaszok will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★★★

★☆

★☆☆☆☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆☆☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Loyal, patient, and love spending time with family

Happiest when they have a job to perform, even if it's just to protect the family

Highly intelligent and independent (they were bred to be able to problem solve and act with no direction), which can make them difficult to train but a great worker

Suspicious of strangers and very protective of their family (especially children), making them great guard dogs