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  • Temperament: Courageous, Alert, Faithful
  • Height: 23-27.5 inches
  • Weight: 68-97 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

Breed Standard
Slovensky Cuvac standing on rocky terrain with mountains and pine trees in the background

About the Slovensky Cuvac

The Slovensky Cuvac’s breed characteristics conform in type with those of a mountain dog of firm constitution, impressive appearance and thick white coat. He has a strong bone, a lively temperament and is vigilant, fearless and alert. For centuries, he has been accustomed to the harsh climate of the Slovakian mountains, especially the Tatra Mountains. His vigilance and alertness helped to give him his name, as the Slovak word cuvat means to hear.

 

Club Contact Details

Club: Slovensky Tchouvatch Dog Club of America
Name: Elisabeth Pisula
Address: 3719 Glenwood Street, Richmond, TX 77469

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Care

NUTRITION

You are going to want to feed your Slovensky Cuvac a formula that will cater to his unique digestive needs throughout the various phases of his life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and extra-large breeds. The Slovensky Cuvac is a large breed.

What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

GROOMING

Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong, fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Specialty/Professional
Weekly Brushing

Shedding

Infrequent
Frequent
Regularly

EXERCISE

Options for exercise could include play time in the backyard, preferably fenced, or taken for walks several times a day. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or teaching them new tricks. Certain outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, or retrieving balls can provide a good outlet for expending energy. Training for dog sports like agility, obedience and rally can also be a great way to give your dog exercise.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity
Calm

HEALTH

Some dogs may be faced with health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Slovensky Cuvac are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, prospective owners can gain the education they need to learn about specific health concerns within the breed.

Slovensky Cuvac
Slovensky Cuvac

History

The Slovensky Cuvac breed is derived from Arctic wolves, whose remains from the pre-ice age have been preserved in the mountainous regions of Europe to the edge of the glaciers. They include the northern slopes of the Caucasus, the Balkans, especially the Rodope Mountains, the Carpathians, especially the Tatra, the northern slopes of the Abruzzi and Alps and finally the Pyrenees.

Slovak alpine farming has a very ancient tradition and the Tatra Chuvach (Slovensky Cuvac), together with the mountain sheep, the Huzul horse and the other typical mountain inhabitants, formed the basis for the economy which utilized the different animals in their own way. These mountain people were largely free people, not suppressed by medieval forced labor, and protected the frontiers, paying their dues merely in the form of “sheep’s cheese.” Centered in Kaschau, they were essentially a herding and military organization, called the Wallachischer Bund, and members carried out their service on the mountain meadows, always with their watch dogs.

As a good guard, watch, and companion dog, as well as guide for the shepherds, the Tatra Chuvach has also proved his worth in the guarding of cattle and driving of poultry and other domestic animals to pasture. Holiday makers visiting the mountain farmers to buy cheese and other products found pleasure in the thickly-coated puppies and so transferred the breed to the lowlands, where they were not seldom regarded as a luxury breed because of their unusual appearance.

The Stud Book of the Tatra Chuvach in Czechoslovakia was founded in the early 1900s by Professor Anton Hruza of the Brno Veterinary College. Since then, the club for Tatra Chuvach breeders, with its headquarters in Bratislava, has kept exact records and held exhibitions, assessments, competitions and shows in all regions of the republic.

Did You Know?

The Slovensky Cuvac has been assigned the Herding Group designation.
The Slovensky Cuvac has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since February 2009.
The Slovensky Cuvac has been approved to compete in AKC Companion events since January 1, 2010.
The Slovensky Cuvac is also known as the Slovak Cuvac, Tatra Chuvach, or Slovakian Chuvach.