Also known as: Hungarian Kuvasz

Breed origin: Hungary
Original purpose: Guardians.

AKC recognized: 1931
AKC group: Working

Size: Weight: males 100 to 115 lbs; females 70 to 90 lbs
Size: Height: males 28 to 30 inches; females 26 to 28 inches
Color: White with heavily pigmented skin.

Life span: 12 to 14 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Kuvasz is spirited, intelligent, determined, courageous, assertive, sensitive, curious, strong, and fast. They have a very strong instinct to protect their loved ones, especially children, and make excellent guardians. They are suspicious of strangers and very discriminating in making new friends, but devoted, gentle, and patient with their family. They also have the ability to work and cover rough terrain for long periods of time. Early and consistent socialization and obedience training are very important for this breed because of their strength, independence and protectiveness.

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Good with children? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Highly

OK for inexperienced owners? No

Intelligent? Highly

Easy to train? No

Exercise requirement: Frequent romps in a securely fenced yard.

Grooming requirement: Brush once or twice a week. They shed during spring and fall and will lose large amounts of hair very quickly. The coat naturally repels dirt and water, and does not require frequent bathing.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, orthopedic problems, progressive retinal atrophy.

Additional photos of Kuvasz

Recommended books for further reading:

Kuvasz (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Nikki Moustaki and Isabelle Francais
Published in 2007
155 pages

Kuvasz: A Complete and Reliable Handbook
By Dana I. Alvi and Leslie Benis
Published in 1997
95 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Kuvasz Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Kuvasz Rescue

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