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Slovakian Chuvach

This tough and fearless dog makes an excellent house dog given correct training

BREED HISTORY

The Slovensky Cuvac is boundlessly faithful and courageous and always ready to fight off any intruder, even if they are bears and wolves. In order to distinguish him from wild animals in the night, they are, according to ancient tradition, only bred in white. The Slovakian Chuvach’s ancestry can be traced back to the Arctic wolf, and the Arctic wolf dates back to pre-ice age. Fossils found in mountainous regions in Europe near the edge of glaciers verify the existence of the Arctic wolf. These regions include the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Carpathians and the Rodope Mountains including the Abruzzi, Alps and Pyrenees. Remains of the Slovakian Chuvach were also found in these regions and in Scandinavia. They were used extensively by the Slovak mountain people to guard livestock and property, pull carts and be a companion. The Slovak mountain people were nomadic and were a free people not enslaved by medieval forced labour. They made sheep’s cheese and other goods to sell and trade without having to be forced into labour to survive. These people were always with their large mountain dogs and throughout history; these dogs are depicted with them. The Slovakian Chuvach began to find their way into other regions when visitors to the region would come to buy cheese and other goods and become enamoured with the fluffy, densely coated white puppies. They became a well-loved companion to people in the low-lands and beyond.

Other Names – Slovensky Cuvac, Slovak Cuvac, Tatra Chuvach, Slovak Chuvach, Tatransky Cuvac, Slovensky Kuvac

LIVING WITH THIS BREED

The Slovakian Chuvach is a faithful friend and a courageous guard dog ready to take on any predator who threatens their flock or family. They are naturally wary of strangers and will be suspicious of any unknown person or animal that comes near their territory. A strong, tall fence is required to keep them contained in their garden. They are a calm dog but will show their liveliness when they are playing with their family. The Slovakian Chuvach does well with children but does need to understand the pack order and they should never be allowed to have authority over any human in the family. Do not leave them unattended with children who are not a part of the family, they may see these children as a threat and become aggressive. They need a dominant owner and continuous training to ensure they are a well-adjusted family member.


STATS AND FACTS

Bred ForLivestock guardian, Companion
SizeLarge
Rare BreedYes
Country of OriginSlovakia
TemperamentCourageous, Loyal, Alert
Exercise NeededUp to 1 hour a day
Size of Home NeededLarge
Height at Withers – Females59 – 65 cm / 23 – 25 in
Height at Withers – Males62 – 70 cm / 24 – 27 in
GroomingOnce a week
CoatMedium and dense
Life Expectancy11 – 13 years
  • The Slovakian Chuvach is not recommended for inexperienced dog owners, due to their ongoing training and socialisation needs.
  • In addition to being home and livestock guardian dogs, they have been employed as both service dogs and search and rescue dogs. They are very powerful swimmers and are reported to have saved many people from drowning. In Slovakia they have also been used for big game hunting and border patrol.
  • Slovakian Chuvachs can suffer from hip dysplasia of the front and rear joints, a similar problem is inherent in almost all breeds of large dogs.
  • The Slovakian Chuvach is not recommended for apartment life. These dogs will do best on a farm or a ranch so they can have plenty of space to run and roam.
  • When they interact with smaller pets supervision is needed, keeping the chasing instincts of these dogs in mind.

LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD

Breed standards vary throughout the world, click these links to kennel clubs around the world for more information of those standards and for further information about the Slovakian Chuvach.


PHOTO GALLERY

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VIDEOS

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WEBSITES ABOUT SLOVAKIAN CHUVACHS

Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Slovakian Chuvach breed, click to view them. 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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