Breed Description +

The Kuvasz is bold, courageous and fearless. One of the larger working breeds, he is well-muscled and agile. His double coat features a coarse guard hair that protects a soft, fine undercoat. The Kuvasz is a spirited dog of keen intelligence, determination, and curiosity. They can be very sensitive to praise and blame. They are protective of loved ones even to the point of self-sacrifice. They are polite to accepted strangers, but rather suspicious and very discriminating in making new friends. They are excellent guards, possessing ability to act on their own initiative at just the right moment without instruction.
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  • Common Name(s):

    Hungarian Kuvasz, Kuvaszok, Kuvaszog

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  • Observed Weight:

    61-122 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    66-115 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 26 - 29 in


The canine ancestors of the Kuvasz breed came to Hungary from Tibet thousands of years ago and may have been introduced to Hungary by the Magyar tribes as far back as 2000 B.C. During the Middle Ages, the Kuvasz was a breed reserved for use by nobility as guardians and big game hunters. From 1458 to 1490, Matthias Corvinus I the reigning King of Hungary at the time, is credited with refining the Kuvasz into the breed we recognize today. The Kuvasz was introduced to the United States during the 1930s and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931. The two World Wars nearly destroyed the Kuvasz stock, but the presence of the Kuvasz in Germany helped to keep the breed from extinction.

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