Slovak Cuvac, Slovakian Chuvach, Tatransky Cuvac
The Slovensky Cuvac is a livestock guardian that traditionally works with sheep. Livestock guardians do not herd their charges, but instead protect them from large predators such as wolves. Young dogs are reared with their livestock to create an attachment that will cause them to give their own lives if necessary.
Slovensky Cuvac Standards
- AKC (FSS)
- FCI (Group 1)
- UKC (Guardian)
- 66-99 lbs
- large livestock guardian
- hanging ears are of moderate length
- fairly long tail is set low
- coat is dense, up to 4" in length
History of the Slovensky Cuvac
The Slovensky Cuvac originated in Slovakia and is related to the other European livestock guardians such as the Kuvasz, Maremma Sheepdog and the Great Pyrenees. They have been present since at least the 17th century and although their ancestry is unknown local legend states they are the product of a wolf crossed by a Greyhound. By the 20th century the disappearance of European wolves had left the breed near extinction, but it was saved by Dr. Antonin Hruza, a local veterinarian who established a successful breeding program. Today they remain a rare breed, but are slowly starting to be found outside of Slovakia and Europe.