An adult Slovensky Cuvac with a puppy
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.
The Slovac Cuvac is a powerful, calm, loyal flock guardian. It is a fearless defender of its territory and "pack," whether it is humans or animals. These dogs have been known to be dramatically affectionate with members of their own family, but reserved with and even suspicious of strangers. They are wonderful with children in their own family. The Cuvac is a natural guardian of its family, especially of the children. This breed can be stubborn with an independent nature, which must be overcome with proper training, along with a firm, confident, consistent pack leader. It has been said that once a Cuvac has learned something, it never forgets it. This breed requires a dominant owner and someone who understands the instincts of flock guardians. This is not a breed for the average pet owner.
Weight: 66 - 99 pounds (30 - 45 kg)
Height: 22 - 27.5 inches (50 - 70 cm)
The Slovensky Cuvac is not recommended for apartment life. These dogs will do best on a farm or a ranch. They are fairly active indoors and do best with at least a large yard. They do best in a large family with children, a lot of space and livestock to care for.
The Cuvac needs vigorous daily exercise. If it is not actively working as a flock guardian, it needs to be taken on a daily, long brisk walk or jog. Exercising should help with chewing or digging problems—in hopes that it will tire the dog out.
About 11-13 years
About 4-8 puppies
The Slovac Cuvac is a very heavy seasonal shedder. The dense undercoat is like wool and requires vigorous brushing and bathing in the spring. Brush frequently to cut back on unwanted loose hair.
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’s 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.