Breeds of dogs: Kuvasz

Breeds of dogs: Kuvasz

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Hungary.
F.C.I classification: Group 1 - shepherd dogs.

Kuvasz is a breed of remote origins. It is said that this dog would have been imported by the Hungarian primitives in ancient times. However, some experts diverge from this hypothesis and consider the hypothesis for which this dog would have been introduced to the Carpathian basin to be more plausible, following the people of the "Koumans", who were shepherds of Turkish origin and were nomads. Whichever of these hypotheses is true, this breed always remains, with absolute certainty, a breed of Asian origin. It is not a well known breed in Italy. However, this breed is more widespread than the "Komondor", always a Hungarian breed.

General aspect

Large dog. Its appearance appears pleasant, and reveals power and distinction at the same time. Its body appears slightly elongated, inscribed in a square. It is a dog of massive mass and with great muscle development in every part of the body. Its limbs are very robust and solid. Head with beautiful expression.


He is a surprisingly intelligent and cunning dog. He shows himself sweet and affectionate with his master. He is brave and very proud. He always remains an excellent shepherd. Breed that trains easily. It proves more placated and much less aggressive than the "Komondor". However, it is a very reactive breed, which can also be trusted as a guard dog. As far as health is concerned, it is a rather rustic and very resistant dog, which does not give particular problems even during growth. Its dimensions do not allow life in the house or apartment. Its hair must be regularly brushed and kept clean.

Kuvasz (photo

Kuvasz (photo

Kuvasz (photo


- males from 71 to 75 cm at the withers
- females from 66 to 70 cm at the withers.

Trunk: slightly elongated, almost square trunk. Beautiful musculature.
Head and muzzle: the head, in its entirety, denotes nobility and strength. The skull is of medium length and of considerable length. Its top is wide. The muzzle narrows towards the nose without pinching. The stop is not very pronounced; straight nasal bridge.
Truffle: black in color.
Teeth: they are complete in development and number.
Neck: very strong.
Eyes: they are oblique, almond-shaped, dark brown in color.
Ears: they are "V" shaped. inserted high and carried slightly away from the skull in the upper third, to then fall flat and well adherent to the sides of the skull.
Limbs: they are strong, muscular, straight.
Musculature: very well developed.
Tail: inserted low, reaches up to the hock. The end folds upwards.
Hair: short, straight, closed, thick on the head and on the front of the limbs. On the trunk, arm, leg and tail it is long and widely wavy and often forms crests and tufts. It is quite rough, a little stiff, never felt. The undercoat is fine and woolly.
Allowed colors: White.
Most common defects: limbs not perpendicular, light eye, non-standard sizes, coat colors other than white, incorrect movement, badly worn ears, depigmented truffle, smooth fur, not very thick hair, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, prognathism, enognatism, lack of premolars, aggressive character or shy, fearful attitude, too pronounced stop, long skull.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

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