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Hungarian Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is a large, powerful breed with a noble expression and appearance. Their thick double coat is pure white, with a slight wave. In mature adults the coat will form a thick mane or ruff on the neck, and long feathering to the backs of the legs and tail. This is a dense, weather-proof coat that insulates the dog well.

The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Giant dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Might not like other dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Can be left alone with training
Generally healthy breed

The Kuvasz dog breed is generally robust breed, but they can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia 
- Elbow dysplasia
- Gastric dilatation volvulus
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
Weight: Between 40-52kg for males, and between 30-42kg for females
Height: Between 71-75cm for males, and between 66-70cm for females
Colours: Pure white coat
Size: Large
Kennel Club Group: Pastoral


Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 5/5
Easy to train: 2/5
Tolerates being alone: 1/5
Likes other pets: 2/5
Energy level: 4/5
Grooming needs: 4/5
Shedding: 4/5
Hungarian Kuvasz is standing on the beach by the lake


This is a guarding breed, and with that comes independent thought and a willingness to make choices without the input of human owners. Naturally protective around the home, suspicious of strangers and willing to make fast decisions and act on them with voice and teeth, the Kuvasz requires a specialist home. Not inclined to enjoy training for its own sake, hard to motivate and a quick thinker, this is a dog you’ll need to have the right lifestyle for, as they will not easily adapt to unsuitable conditions. This is a breed that can easily get themselves, and you, into trouble if not carefully managed and housed.

Hungarian Kuvasz is standing on the beach by the lake and forest

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Hungary 
Used by the nomadic Magyar peoples to protect flocks both on the move between grazing grounds and when staying at summer and winter settlements, the Hungarian Kuvasz type can be traced back to archaeological skeletal discoveries from the 9th Century. This strong, powerful breed worked in very harsh conditions in the mountainous regions, hence the development of a thick, wind and waterproof coat and their tough nature. 

In the 15th Century the breed was made fashionable among nobility by King Matthias Corvinus, who gave Kuvasz pups as royal gifts. The breed’s main role however has remained as a hardworking flock guardian, gentle around sheep but ferocious against predators and strangers.

did you know?

Did You Know? 

  • The Hungarian Kuvasz is one of several livestock guardian breeds and because their role is to spend time with the flock or herd rather than with people, none of them make particularly good pets for social homes that have visitors. 

  • Legend has it that King Mattias particularly wanted his Kuvasz dogs with him at banquets, not just because they would clear up leftovers but because he could wipe his greasy fingers in their thick wavey coats – effectively a giant walking napkin!