Hungarian Kuvasz

The rarely seen Hungarian Kuvasz was originally used to protect flocks of sheep in its native Hungary and forms part of the pastoral group.

Hungarian Kuvasz Breed Group

Pastoral

Size of the Hungarian Kuvasz

Large

Colour varieties of the Hungarian Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is only seen in white.

Country of origin

Hungary

Hungarian Kuvasz’s uses through History

The Hungarian Kuvasz was originally used for herding and guarding livestock.

Size and weight of the Hungarian Kuvasz

Height bitch 65-70cms

Height dog 70-76cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 32-41kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 45-52kgs

Exercise requirements of the Hungarian Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is an energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead.

Hungarian Kuvasz temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The Kuvasz is an intelligent and independent dog, with a strong protective instinct. It is not recommended as a family pet, as it still retains its protective and guarding instincts. It does tend to form a close bond with its owner however, but requires training from an early age to prevent unwanted behaviour. The Kuvasz is happiest working and not really recognised as a family pet.

Is the Hungarian Kuvasz a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No, the Kuvasz requires an experienced and competent handler with a good understanding of the breed.

Hungarian Kuvasz coat length

Medium. The coat is thick and can be straight or wavy reaching a length of around 2-3 inches.

Grooming requirements of the Hungarian Kuvasz

Medium. The thick coat requires regular brushing with a large, soft slicker brush to prevent the build up of matts and tangles. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.

Hypoallergenic?

No. The Kuvasz sheds throughout the year so an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Hungarian Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is generally a fit and healthy dog with few inherited health issues, but new owners should consult their breeder about the following conditions that have been found in the breed:

  • Hip Dysplasia

It is important not to over exercise the Hungarian Kuvasz Dog during the first year of puppyhood to avoid joint problems. Excessive jumping up and down should also be discouraged.

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Hungarian Kuvasz

A healthy Kuvasz can expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-12 years.

Approximate Hungarian Kuvasz pedigree puppy price

No current puppy price is available as litters are few and far between. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is expected. Be aware that you may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy. There are generally 6-8 puppies in the average litter.

Estimating how much a Hungarian Kuvasz would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 35kgs will require around 402gms of complete dry food daily. A dog weighing 45kgs will require around 472gms of complete dry food daily.

A bitch weighing 35kgs will cost around £9.90 per week to feed.

A dog weighing 45kgs will cost around £11.50 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment