A large sized Kuvasz
Kuvasz Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)26-30in (66-76cm)
Weight70-115lbs (32-52kg)
Hair Colour(s)White
Lifespan10-12 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size7-8
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsLow
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsHigh
Distress if leftMedium

The Kuvasz (short for Hungarian Kuvasz) is a large and sturdy dog. The body is muscular with a well-tucked lower abdomen, long and straight legs and a long hanging tail. The wedge-shaped head has a broad and deep muzzle, dark eyes, triangular ears and a large black nose. The coat is long and fairly coarse with a softer undercoat, and it can be flat or wavy. The colouring of the coat tends to be white, while the skin tends to be dark.


Kuvaszs are spirited, couragous, and protective dogs that are very loyal to their owners. They make devoted pets and great working dogs, and require plenty of exercise as they are an energetic breed. Being intelligent and quick to learn, these dogs can be easy to housebreak, but they can also be dominant and determined and can bore easily. For this reason they are best suited to experienced owners that can be both assertive and confident while providing enough variety with regards to physical and mental stimulation. Kuvaszs tend to be very protective of their household members (adults, kid and even pets), but they can be aggressive with unfamiliar animals and are very distrustful and overprotective around strangers. Early socialisation is essential and they must be supervised around children and family friends. They are not suitable for smaller children due to their large size. These dogs make good watchdogs thanks to their deep barks and their protective natures.


History & Skills

Kuvaszs originate from Tibet and have a history stretching back over 2000 years. Initally bred as bodyguards and to protect rulers, they eventually become popular for guarding livestock, as well as for hunting, herding and as dogs of war. These days they make fine family pets and are still used for guarding livestock.

Breed Specific Ailments

Kuvaszs tend to live between 10-12 years, and some of the health issues noted in this breed include thyroid problems, hip and elbow dysplasia, torsion, OCD, sensitivity to chemicals and drugs, skin conditions and low metabolism.


Kuvaszs are medium shedders that also shed heavily on a seasonal basis, and so are not best suited to allergy sufferers. Despite their long coat, their grooming requirements are not too demanding. The coat should be brushed once a week to keep it in good condition, and more oftenwhen they are shedding more heavily. Bathing should only be carried out when absolutely necessary, because this will deplete the natural oils in the coat that actually help shed dirt. A better method is to apply talcum powder into the coat and then brush it out.

Exercise & Environment

Kuvaszs tend to live indoors but are not suited to small homes such as apartments. These are active dogs and they need daily outdoor exercise of a vigorous nature, which will reduce their tendency to chew and dig. They need access to a secure yard or garden but do not fare well being kept leashed and may become destructive. Warm and humid weather conditions are not good for these dogs due to their thick coats.


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