Dog Breed Profile

Chuvasz History

The Hungarian Kuvasz is a working and herding dog, developed as a livestock guardian, in Central Europe, from the Balkan shepherd. The heaviest recorded male was 117 kg (260 lb), and the heaviest female was 93 kg (205 lb). The origin of the Hungarian Kuvasz is unknown. Since the earliest written records of dogs, wolves have been present in Hungary. Wolves can interbreed with dogs, and it is believed that the Hungarian Kuvasz is a remnant of an ancient wolf population. The ancestors of the modern Hungarian Kuvasz were most likely brought to the Carpathian Basin by Magyar tribes who migrated into Europe in the 9th century. The tribe used the guard and herd protection qualities of these dogs and relied on them to help control sheep and cattle.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


Chow Chow, Kuvasz

Chuvasz Physical Characteristics

The Chuvasz is a herding breed that is typically between 17 and 21 inches tall at the shoulders, and weighing between 40 and 75 lbs. They have a long and athletic build, with a coarse, double-layered, straight, medium-length outer coat of fur that is thick, wavy, or curly. They are a livestock guardian type of dog, used for guarding sheep and cattle. They have a thick, woolly undercoat for insulation. They have a shaggy, bear-like appearance, with broad shoulders and a large, strong head. They have deep-set, almond-shaped, fully pigmented eyes and a well-proportioned nose. They have short, straight, low-slung legs, and rounded feet. The ears are large and erect, lying flat against the sides of the head, and a tail that is set high and bushy.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

White, Black, Blue, Cream, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 22 – 25 inches

Female Height Range: 21 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 70 – 90 lbs

Female Weight Range: 60 – 80 lbs

Chuvasz Health

Description of breed health.


8-12 yrs

Chuvasz Health Concerns

Skeletal/Joint Conditions, Eye Conditions, Respiratory Problems, Skeletal/Joint Conditions, Digestive, Eye Conditions

Chuvasz Temperament and Behaviour

The Chuvash is a calm, gentle and good-natured dog. They are friendly and devoted to their family, but can be aloof with strangers. They are protective, but not aggressive, and make great guard dogs. They tend to be independent and prefer to be on their own rather than be a lapdog.

Chuvasz Activity Requirements

The Chuvasz is a herding dog, and their working background is reflected in their high-energy, playful nature. While they do not require as much activity as some other breeds, they do need regular walks and some playtime. A daily walk is a good way to give your dog the exercise and mental stimulation they need. While they are a high energy breed, they are not as physically intense as some other large, active breeds. A Chuvaz’s long coat requires weekly brushing and grooming. While they are not a high maintenance breed, a bored or lonely dog can become destructive. Be prepared to spend plenty of time training and playing with your Chuvaz.

Miles Per Day

9 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chuvasz is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chuvasz is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Chuvasz is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chuvasz is part of the Unclassified group.

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