Kuvasz

Kuvasz

KUVASZ DOG BREED

Description:

The Kuvasz is an incredibly intelligent and a very loyal dog. This dog (also called the Hungarian Kuvasz) is an ancient breed of Hungarian origin. He vigilantly guards his family and territory and that makes him an excellent watchdog. The Kuvasz was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931.

Height: 26-30 inches  Weight: 70-115 pounds  Lifespan: 9-12 years

Characteristics:

The Kuvasz is suspicious of strangers, and therefore he needs intensive socialization. This will prevent the excessive aggressiveness and shyness. Comparable Breed: Komondor, Great Pyrenees.

Character:

Even though these dogs have historically been used to guard livestock, they are becoming more popular as family pets. They behave well with children but should never be left alone without supervision. The Kuvasz is very affectionate toward his family, he is obedient and always willing to please.

Coat / Care:

The Kuvasz has a very beautiful thick hair, consisted of two layers. The coat is not smooth nor soft, actually- it’s a bit stiff, even rough to the touch. The undercoat is thin, dense, soft and slightly silky. The outer layer can be both straight and slightly wavy. This breed requires regular and thorough cleaning with a comb, down to the undercoat. This will remove the excess hair and keep the dog groomed. Dogs of this breed should not be exposed to warm climates, as they cannot tolerate the heat, both physically and mentally. While this dog breed sheds constantly in extremely hot climates, shedding is seasonal in moderate temperatures.

Kuvasz

Health Problems:

The Kuvasz dog is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Canine Hip Dysplasia, Osteochondritis Dissecans, Gastric dilatation-volvulus and von Willebrand’s Disease. The Kuvasz dog has a life expectancy of 9 to 12 years.

Weight / Height

The male Kuvasz dog breed’s height is around 28 – 30 inches and weighs around 100 and 115 pounds. Female Kuvasz dogs can reach a size from 26 – 28 inches and weighs between 70 and 90 pounds. Male dogs are generally larger than females.

Training:

Even though dogs of this breed are very clever and docile by nature, they need a steady hand. Nevertheless, treat your pet with kindness and respect. The Hungarian Kuvasz is obedient and very successful at grazing.

Activity:

The Kuvasz requires intense exercise on everyday basis. Otherwise, he can become frustrated and aggressive. A dog of this breed needs an open space where it could run freely, without limitations. It is therefore desirable to keep this dog breed in a big house with a yard, at least medium in size.

Kuvasz

Photo Credit: Sandra Carmen Maschke/Flickr; Sandra Carmen Maschke/Flickr; Keshet Rescue/Flickr

Quick Information

Other Names:Hungarian Kuvasz, Kuvaszok
Origin:Hungary, Europe
Average size: Large Size Dog Breed
Color:White
Energy Level:Medium Active breed
Shedding:Seasonal
Grooming:Occasional
Trainability:Independent
Barking Level:Low – When Necessary
Intelligence:Average – after 30 to 40 repetitions they understand new commands
Personality:Loyal, Fearless, Protective
Hypoallergenic:No
AKC Dog Ranking:165th Is Not Popular Breed
Good family dog:Yes, Very good with socialization
Good with other dogs:Moderate – good with socialization
Good with children:Low –  Supervision essential, Socialization is essential
Good with strangers:Low –  Carefully introduce new people
Good apartment dog:Low – this is not an apartment dog

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