Kuvasz breed information

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The Kuvasz is a Hungarian breed of guard and shepherd dog that earned a reputation as a watchdog unexcelled during the European Middle Ages, when it was kept by kings and nobles. The Kurds are said to have introduced the Kuvasz to Hungary in 110. The dogs were highly prized by Hungarian royalty by the fifteenth century. Most believe that the Kuvasz is related to both the Maremma and the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. The breed then spread to Turkey, India, Tibet, and China. The kuvasz is a large, sturdily built dog with a slightly wavy, pure-white coat and a handsomely shaped head. The kuvasz makes a loyal and stalwart companion, though it is not overly demonstrative. It is a fast and graceful runner and has a marked air of dignity. As a guard dog it is very protective, and it can act on its own initiative without instruction. The Kuvasz must have early socialization and obedience training at a young age if it is to be a well-behaved member of the family. This breed was primarily a guardian of sheep with a temperament of toughness. The breed can and should be obedience trained.



Life expectancy: 12 to 14 years.
Color: white
Eyes: medium-sized, set well apart
Coat type: Harsh, Wavy
Size: males: 28-30 inches, 100-115 pounds; females: 26-28 inches, 70-90 pounds
Health issues: Eyelid defect, hip dysplasia.
Living conditions: Space is very important for he is a large, active breed. They are more suited for country living, but will adapt if a large fenced yard is provided. Owners need to be assertive.

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