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Hungarian Kuvasz

The Hungarian Kuvasz dog breed is an ancient breed. Archaeologists have found the skeleton of a similar type of dog in Hungary dating back to the 9th century, but it’s thought their lineage goes back to ancient Turkey and Tibet. The Kuvasz comes from the Carpathian plains of Hungary, their ancestors taken there by the Magyars as guard dogs to protect their stock from predators and rustlers, working in sometimes harsh conditions in the mountainous regions of the country. In the past they have also been used as hunting dogs. As flocks and traditional herding have diminished, the Kuvasz has been used more frequently in its native country as guard dogs.

The Kuvasz is naturally protective of their home and loved ones and is suspicious of strangers. They are loyal to their family but needs a home where the owners are experienced with guarding breeds and where their specialist needs can be met. After correct training and socialising, they are able to do effective guarding and skilled work. They will assume guardianship of your children and home if raised as part of the family but they are gentle and protective. Once they mature and know their job and place in the family, they are easy dogs to live with. The Kuvasz is a smart and intelligent dog, they are capable of problem solving and also have a great sense of humour. Those who are committed to constantly working with a dog, and want one that will adore their owner, protect their property to their last breath and is incredibly beautiful, won’t be disappointed in them.

Read about the history of this breed – HERE


Most of these stats are from the UK Kennel Club. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Group – UKPastoral
Bred ForGuarding
Rare BreedYes
Country of OriginHungary
TemperamentGentle, Patient, Devoted
Exercise NeededUp to an hour a day
Size of Home NeededLarge home, medium garden
Height at Withers – Females66 – 70 cm / 26 – 27.5 in
Height at Withers – Males71 – 75 cm / 28 – 29.5 in
GroomingMore than once a week
CoatMedium length, double coat
Life SpanOver 10 years
  • King Mathias I of Hungary helped establish the breed by keeping them as his loyal bodyguards. He trusted his dogs more than his soldiers and courtiers!
  • Kuvasz can be fierce in protecting their own, having faced down even such predators as mountain lions. Some can be aggressive and are not suitable as family pets.
  • During World War II, the breed was almost driven to extinction in Hungary. The large white dogs, protecting their families and farms, were a problem to invading forces.
  • The white coat was said to help distinguish the dog from the wolves at night. In contrast to its white coat, the Kuvasz has dark skin.
  • According to official data, there are only 1,800 registered dogs left, and the annual population growth is around 150-250 dogs, which means that the ancient Hungarian dog breed is on the verge of extinction. However something is being done to revive this breed, read – HERE


Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Hungarian Kuvasz dogs.


Click on any picture below to view it larger and in a slideshow, it’s worth it! 😃


Enjoy this video about the Hungarian Kuvasz, you can view the entire playlist of videos about this breed on our YouTube Channel by clicking the button below:


Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Hungarian Kuvasz breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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