The Kuvasz (pronounced "Koo -
Vuz") name in turkey means 'protector'. They are a long established,
ancient Hungarian Shepherd Dog, that were used to watch and guard
their flocks against beast of prey and thieves. Due to the decline
in stock herding, they were used less for their original duties
and have become more settled in villages and in towns.
The Kuvasz is a spirited dog with a medium energy level that allows
them to remain alert, yet never hyperactive. Their independence
of thought and deed, high intelligence, determination, courage,
physical strength, agility & loyalty combine to aid them in
their protective work. They defend those they love to the point
of self sacrifice without external direction.
They are confidently curious & playful as they are gentle &
affectionate, especially with children.
The adult Kuvasz is socially discriminating with strangers until
they assesses their intent.
The Kuvasz requires emotional closeness to their family. While the
Kuvasz is a large & strong dog with high levels of independence
they are crushed by unjust shame, blame, repeated insult & emotional
The independent & intelligent
Kuvasz requires socialisation. Socialisation refers to the process
of teaching and the acceptance of behaviours, attitudes & rules
of the family. Socialisation begins at birth, continues past maturity
& must be based on the Kuvasz stage of mental development (vs.
rapid physical development) if disappointments are to be avoided.
A fenced yard is a necessity because
the Kuvasz enjoys being outdoors, despite his desire to be close
to the family. They need room to run and play. Apartment living
is not an ideal environment.
Although the Kuvasz is loving
& patient with his children, he will protect his children from
perceived threats from others. Likewise the puppy requires protection
from the children. Children must be taught how to handle and live
with a dog.
Learn all you can on the breed
before you make an investment. The Kuvasz will be a part of your
family for many years to come, allow the breeder to assist you in
making the decision of whether or not this is the right breed for
Weekly brushing of the thick, coat is necessary. Bathing of the
Kuvasz should be kept to a minimum, as the coat naturally sheds
dirt and bathing will remove the oils that give the coat this property.
Check behind the ears for matting. In cold climates the Kuvasz will
only shed seasonally, but in warmer climates it will most likely
shed all year round.
They need vigorous daily exercise and should not be tied up if kept
in the yard as this may lead to viciousness.
This breed can be prone to hip dysplasia, also osteochondritis dissecans
(a disease causing lameness from inflammation of the shoulder joints),
hypertrophic osteodystrophy, skin problems and allergic reactions.
Also potentially prone to patella luxation, thyroid disease and
deafness. For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition