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A pair of Kuvasz
A pair of Kuvasz
Alternative names
Hungarian Kuvasz
Hungarian Sheepdog
Country of origin
Common nicknames
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 1 Section 1 #54  
AKC: Working  
ANKC: Group 5 (Working Dogs)  
CKC: Group 3 - Working Dogs  
KC (UK): Pastoral  
NZKC: Working  
UKC: Guardian Dogs  
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

The Kuvasz (pl. Kuvaszok, also known as the Hungarian Sheepdog) is a dog breed of ancient Hungarian origin. The word is, contrary to some theories, not of Sumerian origin. These dogs are used to guard livestock. Mention of the breed can be found in old Hungarian texts.


Kuvasz are large white dogs with wavy fur, black noses, and almond shaped eyes. They are larger than the average Labrador Retriever. Their facial features are very similar to those of a Golden Retriever, however their build is larger.


The Kuvasz can be a loyal pet who appreciates attention but who is not very demanding. The Kuvasz is generally a quiet dog unless it perceives a threat to its family or territory. When it feels the need, it can also be a fearless and aggressive protector. Considering the size and strength of this breed, they can be quite impressive in this role. The Kuvasz has been known to be a very powerful breed, with the ability to take down an adult bear.

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