Breed: Slovak Cuvac
Country of Origin: Czechoslovakia
Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
Height: Male: 62-70 cm, Female: 59-65 cm
Weight: Male: 36-44 kg, Female: 31-37 kg
Litter Size: 3-8 puppies
The Slovac Cuvac is well documented as far back as the 17th century. As wolves slowly disappeared from the European mountains and modern herding practices came about, the Cuvac almost became extinct.
A man by the name of Dr. Antonin Hruza of the Brno School of Veterinary Medicine saved the breed with his successful breeding program after World War II. A written standard was established and approved in 1964, and the breed was recognized internationally in 1969.
The Slovensky is similar to the Kuvasz, however the Kuvasz is a slightly larger breed. It is a popular companion in Central Europe, but is still relatively quite rare. The breed name is spelled Cuvac in Czechoslovakian, but the English and German spelling, Tchouvatch, reflects the pronunciation (chew-votch).
Some of its talents are guarding flocks against wolves and other predators, hunting big game, border patrol and search and rescue. The Slovensky has a powerful neck that is the same length as its head. The chest is broad with well-sprung ribs. The thighs and hips are muscular. The hair on the tail is dense. The white coat has a thick topcoat over a dense undercoat.
Temperament: Alert, Sensitive, Faithful, Intelligent
Health Problems: N/N
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