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Kuvasz is a large, white livestock guardian
dog. He is a fierce protector, bold and courageous.
Scholars believe ancestors of the breed date
back to nomadic tribes - specifically the
Magyar (Hungarians) tribes - that traveled
between Asia and Europe in 2000 B.C. Today's
Kuvasz is without question from Hungary.
During the latter part of the 15th century
in Hungary, the Kuvasz was highly regarded
and often given to dignitaries as royal gifts.
King Mathias Corvinus is known to have always
had a Kuvasz as his constant companion and
it's been said he trusted his dogs more then
he did his own guardsmen.
For awhile during the Turkish Occupation,
the name of this breed was changed to 'Kawasz'
which means 'armed guard of the nobility'.
However, over time, they were no longer considered
royal prized possessions and eventually went
back to its original purpose as livestock
During WWII, the Kuvasz population suffered
greatly and came very close to extinction.
A factory owner discovered there were only
about 30 Kuvaszok remaining in Hungary, so
he and dedicated breeders worked together
and successfully revived the breed.
The first registered Kuvasz in the United
States was in 1931. In 1966, The Kuvasz Club
of America (KCA) was established and is the
only club in the United States recognized
by the AKC as the 'official" club for
The height for a Kuvasz dog is 28 - 30 inches
(71-76cm) and for females: 26 to 28 inches
Weight: The weight of a Kuvasz dog
is approximately 100 - 115 pounds (45-52kg)
and for females approximately 70 - 90 pounds
Coat Type: The Kuvasz has a dense,
medium coarse double coat. The outer is longer
and can range from wavy to straight. The undercoat
is soft. The longer outer coat sheds in the
warmer part of the year. Weekly brushing is
all that's necessary to keep the coat in good
condition. Frequent bathing is discouraged
since the odorless coat naturally repels water
The Kuvasz has a white coat. The white
or light color of the Kuvasz breed is for
functional purposes - they were carefully
bred to be this color so that shepherds could
distinguish between wolves and Kuvaszok.
The Kuvasz is intelligent and have very strong
protective instincts. He is extremely loyal
and devoted to his family and will protect
them (especially the children) at all costs.
They do very well with well behaved children
(who do not tease) who are already in the
home before you acquire your Kuvasz. Kids
who are not part of the family need to be
supervised when around this breed. The Kuvasz
is curious, bold and fearless. He can also
be very independent - which is often perceived
as being aloof. These dogs can be wary or
reserved with strangers and will bark if he
senses something out of the ordinary - which
makes him an excellent guard dog. Early training
and socialization are absolute necessities
because of this breed's strong protective
instincts and independence. Owners always
present themselves as the authoritative figure
- always dominant. Also, any potential owner
must realize that training can be difficult
-but as mentioned earlier - is an absolute
necessity. Training should be done in a very
patient, yet firm, confident and consistent
manner. Harsh training is discouraged. The
Kuvasz is not recommended for apartment or
condo living since this breed is very active
loves to be outdoors. Excessive exercise or
too much rough play is discouraged for both
puppies and adults due to the stress on its
bones and tendons.
Health Problems: Kuvasz' are considered
a very healthy breed. Most live on to over
ten years of age and many live up to age fourteen.
Some health concerns include: bone problems
due to the fast growth spurts, hip dysplasia
and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
•The Kuvasz Club
of America (KCA) was established in 1966.
In 1993, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized
the KCA as the official breed club in America.
• The Kuvasz' coat is odorless.
• The plural of Kuvasz is Kuvaszok.
AKC: Working Group
ANKC: Group 5 - Working Dogs
CKC: Group 3 - Working Dogs
FCI: Group 1 - Section 1: Sheepdogs