Hungarian Kuvasz

Other name: Kuvasz

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The Hungarian Kuvasz is a large dog, with imposing stature, endowed with great strength and recognizable by its thick, full and entirely white coat. It gives off an impression that is both pleasant and powerful. The Hungarian Kuvasz is characterized by strong bones and musculature, but without coarseness, as well as harmonious proportions. He is cut out for work and care, two areas in which he has always excelled. The gait of the Hungarian Kuvasz is defined by slow steps and covering a lot of ground, as well as easy and flexible movements at the trot.



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Hair type Long
Origin Hungary
Template Giant
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 38 kg to 50 kg From 66 cm to 71 cm
Male From 48 kg to 62 kg From 71 cm to 76 cm
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History of the breed

The Hungarian Kuvasz has long been used as a sheepdog in its country of origin. The Magyars used it for the guard and protection of their flocks against predators and thieves. In the 15th century, the Hungarian Kuvasz was also commonly used for hunting.

The Hungarian Kuvasz breed was definitively recognized on August 10, 1954. Its official FCI standard in force was published on April 6, 2000.

Hungarian Kuvasz Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: dense, wavy, slightly harsh in texture. The outer coat is associated with a less coarse and softer undercoat. The hair is shorter (1 to 2 cm in length) on the head, ears and feet, but forms a ruff, a mane (around the neck) and fringes (posterior sides of the limbs).
Its color: unicolour white, even ivory.
His head: elongated, wedge-shaped, lean, harmoniously proportioned and drawn in relation to the whole body. Gives off an impression of nobility. The skull is broad, the forehead moderately prominent with a clearly marked groove. The stop is only slightly pronounced, the facial region wide and long, the nose black, the muzzle tapering towards its extremity, but without ending in a point, the lips black, the jaws powerful and articulated in scissors.
His ears: V-shaped, with rounded ends, half-high attachment, slightly raised when the dog is attentive.
His eyes: almond-shaped, dark brown, set obliquely.
His body: writable in a rectangle. The withers are long, the back of medium length and straight, the loins short and solid, the croup a little sloping and well muscled, the chest rounded, the chest well let down and slightly rounded, the lower line slightly raised behind.
Its tail: covered with a long hair (10 to 15 cm in places), tight and wavy over its entire length, set low, drooping, at the end slightly raised without being curved.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Hungarian Kuvasz is a courageous dog, built physically and mentally for endurance and the protection of his family and property . A versatile worker, he is particularly employed for hunting and tracking, in addition to guarding. Extremely loyal, the Hungarian Kuvasz has a deep attachment to his master .

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Intelligent, hardworking and loving to please his master, the Hungarian Kuvasz is educated through exercise , rewards and encouragement . No form of aggression should be used towards him during his apprenticeship.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Hungarian Kuvasz needs a lot of space and freedom of movement . A house with a large fenced garden would therefore be the ideal living environment for this dog, even in the city. He is not made to live in an apartment.


Ease of gaining weight

The Hungarian Kuvasz is a strong and resistant dog , enduring particularly difficult weather conditions thanks to its double and dense coat. There are, however, predispositions to certain diseases to watch out for in this breed, including hip dysplasia, deafness and dermatomyositis.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Gastric torsion
Minor concerns
Von Willebrand disease
Osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD)
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Hungarian Kuvasz dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Hungarian Kuvasz is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Hungarian Kuvasz is subject to 2 moults per year usually occurring in spring and autumn. During these times, he can lose large amounts of hair. Its maintenance, however, is not difficult if it is carried out regularly.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week . During the moult, brushing becomes daily. It is recommended not to bathe it often.

Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
2000 €

The purchase price of a Hungarian Kuvasz is between 1000 € and 2000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

800 €
1000 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Hungarian Kuvasz is between 800 € and 1000 €.

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Their food must be adapted to their level of physical activity, their age and their size. It is divided into 2 meals per day . To avoid any risk of bloating to which he may be subject, it is advisable to ensure that the dog eats calmly and does not practice any strenuous physical activity in the hour before and after his meal.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Hungarian Kuvasz are naturally very active and must therefore be able to benefit from long daily outings . Boredom fostered by inactivity risks developing behavioral problems.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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