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.