(Slovak Cuvac, Slovakian Chuvach, Tatransky Cuvac, Slovensky Kuvac)The Slovensky Cuvac is a large, furry dog whose big, round head and long muzzle ends with a prominent black nose. The breed has small, oval eyes and small pendant-shaped ears. They have a broad chest and a slightly sunken in belly, plus muscular front legs are straight unlike the breed’s back legs. Their tail is long and held down; it is also very bushy with thick white hair. Their thick coat should always be pure white.
The Slovensky Cuvac is a guard dog who love being around their family and are very loving. The breed especially enjoys being around the children in their families. They do not trust any strangers whether those strangers are people or animals. Guarding and protecting their family or property is their main goal in life. They are intelligent and clever. However, they are difficult and disobedient, especially with weak owners. The breed is very pushy and dominant, so their owners need to show they are the leaders.
The Slovensky Cuvac has an average life expectancy of about 11 to 13 years of age.
The Slovensky Cuvac’s origins go back further than the 17th century. The breed was originally used to protect herds from wolves in the European mountains, but when the need for that protection became unnecessary so did the breed. They were saved from extinction by Dr. Antonin Hruza after World War II. In a little more than a decade, the breed had recovered enough to be officially recognized all over the globe. Despite this recognition, the breed is not common even in its native Central Europe.
The Slovensky Cuvac is a difficult dog to groom. Owners must be prepared to devote much time and effort to caring for the breed’s coat. They have thick hair which sheds a lot, so it should be brushed every day when the dog is heavily shedding. Frequent baths are required, especially during spring. The breed is extremely energetic and athletic. They need to have long walks or runs in a large yard. Playing games or jogging can also be fun activities for them. They need to be kept busy and tired to prevent them from digging or chewing. Being a consistent and dominant trainer is important especially during training. If their owners are firm, these dogs will be much more obedient.
The Slovensky Cuvac is not difficult to groom. It's fur is self cleaning and is naturally repelled. They shed twice a year. They like brushing and may even view it as a treat. For the most part, they are very calm but do love to run at least once a day.
The Slovensky Cuvac is a family dog which is not good with all people or animals. They do wonderful with their family, mostly with the children. They will protect any other animals in their family. Strangers should be cautious around this breed because the Slovensky Cuvac may become aggressive if it senses a threat. These dogs should live in a rural area and enjoy being around many farm animal but should not live with a small family in an apartment. They need lots of exercise going on walks and getting to run or play in the yard. They are also not good for owners who are weak, because the dog will become the leader and will be defiant. Patience is important to an owner of a Slovensky Cuvac because they often chew or dig.
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