Kuvasz

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AKC Group: Working
The Kuvasz is one of the world’s oldest dog breeds. They have existed in eastern Europe for the last 2,000 years. They are most associated with the Magyar people of Hungary since they’ve been nomadic herdsmen. The Kuvasz were used to herd and guard horses, sheep and cattle. In the 15th century they became associated with Hungarian royalty. Their numbers fell to their lowest point after WWII, when a factory owner stepped in wanting two Kuvasz dogs to guard the factory from looters. Today’s Kuvasz dogs have descended from these 30 survivors.
Size: 26 to 30 inches high; 70 to 120 pounds
Color: White
Life span: 10 to 12 years
Health problems: Thyroid problems, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, torsion, sensitivity to drugs or chemicals, osteochondritis dissecans, and low metabolism.
A Kuvasz is a loyal, protective dog with courage, spirit and determination in spades. Protective of his family, he is wary and distrustful of strangers. They can be aggressive with other animals in
attempting to protect his family or territory. Early socialization is vital, and is best suited for a family with an experienced background in canine life. He will require you to be assertive,
confident and provide him with a life of variety for mental and physical stimulation to avoid behavior problems. He needs a walk every day and a secured, fenced in yard. When he is getting the stimulation and attention required, a Kuvasz is a loyal, devoted and loving companion. Housebreaking is an easy concept for him to catch on to. Don’t punitively punish him during training, it will cause him to lose respect for you and make further training extremely difficult for both of you. Begin with reward based play and socialization. You can slowly make it more strenuous, but never include severe punishments. If he does something wrong, reprimand immediately. Even a few seconds later can cause him to take the reprimand out of context. Always remain firm and consistent. Don’t let other people train him. He only accepts training from his “alpha.”
A giant dog, Kuvasz dogs are of a sturdy and robust build. The coat can be long and either flat or wavy, with a soft undercoat.
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