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The Kuvasz is a livestock protection dog.
It is said that at the time of the migration of the peoples (about 375 B.C.) dogs similar to the Kuvasz accompagnied the nomadic Hungarian shepherds, protecting flocks and herds from wolves, bears and robbers. From notes going back to the time of king Mathias (1456-1490) we know that Kuvaszok served as guardians and companions at court and were used when hunting for bears and wolves. Later on, when the large flocks disappeared, Kuvaszok became the guardians of farm-steads and villages.
The Kuvasz is a large dog with strong instincts. His temperament asks for sufficient exercise and training. The Kuvasz should be raised as a family member, a house with a fenced garden would be ideal.
The first breed standard goes back to the year 1905. The latest version was laid down in 1966 and is still valid. The Kuvasz is a large-sized, powerful and well proportioned dog (males: 71 - 75 cm, bitches: 66-70 cm) of elegant and majestic appearance. Body form is almost square, musculation is dry. The bone structure is strong, without being coarse. A deep chest together with a strong and straight back, long sloping shoulders, high withers and a slightly sloping croup indicate efficiency and endurance. The famous Kuvasz typical expression comes from the noble head with a slight stop and obliquely set, almond-shaped dark eyes. Pigmentation of eyelids, flews and nose must be black.
Remarkable is the wavy medium-coarse coat. It is natural white and self-cleaning. The Kuvasz is an endurance runner, with appropriate training he can easily run 20 or 25 km at the bicycle.
The Kuvasz is an ideal guard dog and will reliably protect his territory and his family. With children, he is particularly kind and patient. The Kuvasz is a robust and essentially healthy breed of great courage, at the same time being very intelligent and sensivite. The Kuvasz thinks and acts independently, obedience is best motivated by love and affection. He should be raised with patience and gentle strictness, never use violence. His faithfulness is famous. In the hands of an expert, he can be successfully trained as a companion dog or a tracking or rescue dog. However, make sure never to train a Kuvasz as attack and protection dog. Regarding food and grooming, he is modest and does not require too much effort. Occasional combing or brushing will be sufficient. A normal life expectancy would be 10 years, with many reaching an age of 13 years.
When confronted with good impressions only, the Kuvasz will become exceptionally good-natured. He can however become dangerous if treated rudely or with unnecessary harshness. The Kuvasz is an old breed with strong instincts and a sixth sense for real danger, but at the same time has a high stimulus treshold with low readiness for aggression. Independent and autonomous, he will never show the proverbial obedience of a German Shepherd dog. We recommend good socialization and education in a loving environment, preferably within the family.
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