Last Updated on August 27, 2022 by Pets Feed
The snow-white giant Kuvasz is the national pride of Hungarians, the dog of Magyar kings and rulers, as well as an excellent defender and devoted friend.
Known for their friendliness, protective instincts, and easy care, the Kuvasz breed can be independent and aggressive. They need a steady hand during training and socialization.
Pictures of the Kuvasz
Description of the breed
Big and very beautiful dog. The head sits proudly on a powerful neck, the muzzle is of medium length, the nose and lips are black, the eyes are dark brown, the ears are small, hanging, triangular in shape. Due to the abundant hair on the body, the head appears smaller. The back is straight, the croup is slightly sloping, the tail is curved at the end, in the shape of a saber, generally held lowered or raised at the level of the back.
With its impressive size, the dog should not be loose or rough. Kuvasz is the embodiment of strength and speed.
As with the Komondor, wool is the breed’s hallmark. Only this time it is shorter, thicker and wavy, the fur coat makes the kuvasz even bigger than it is.
The color is exclusively white, ivory tint is allowed, but not fawn.
Character and temperament
It is a courageous and reckless dog, docile in command and well disposed towards people.
The Kuvasz has a lovely playful character and with its presence sets a tone of great vitality.
Since his bodily appearance is imposing, his physical presence is already enough to ward off the bad guys.
The Kuvasz is very keen on controlling its territory, so it is a good watchdog. When you have visitors, you are the one who brings your guests into the house; he will imitate you and, with few exceptions, bring visitors in.
If you give him his freedom of action and do not enslave him, a good relationship will be established between you and the dog. He must remain as he is, confident and courageous.
The Kuvasz is very friendly in appearance but he can also be very effective.
He generally warns, but does not hesitate to act on his own. It can also have negative effects. He does not always obey immediately and this can be annoying because he does not always consider the orders given to him as appropriate: he seems to become deaf and says to himself: arrange it, if I really need to arrive.
With children, he is magnificent and protects them at every opportunity.
For those who know how to establish a good relationship of friendship and trust with their dog, the saying applies: Kuvasz one day, Kuvasz always.
Health and disease
The Kuvasz dogs are in good health. As mentioned above, they are not afraid of bad weather, thanks to their warm waterproof wool, and their stomach successfully digests any food. Unless you can feed any dog pork, and besides, it is better not to give chicken, because like all white animals, Kuvasz are prone to allergies, and chicken skin is the allergen the most powerful.
Otherwise, in order for the dog to live a long and happy life, the owner should not forget about annual vaccinations and the prevention of parasites. And, of course, it must be remembered that the difficult psychological situation in the house very negatively affects the subtle psyche of dogs.
Kuvasz is an incredibly unpretentious breed. In fact, the shepherds with whom these dogs collaborated did not care for any care, sometimes their four-legged assistants even found their own food. Therefore, those who decide to have such a dog should not be afraid of difficulties. Only huge dimensions can cause problems, but this is not so important if the dog lives in the yard.
Of course, in order for the kuvasz to always have an attractive appearance, it needs to be combed more often, but bathing is not necessary at all (unless, of course, it was covered with mud).
In food, Kuvasz dogs are undemanding and eat what is given to them, they easily tolerate frost and heat, so they can live in the yard all year round.
But these handsome men urgently need long walks, because they somehow have to spend all their strength and endurance, as well as constantly develop their intelligence. Therefore, even if your dog lives in the yard, be sure to walk him, otherwise, without communication and new experiences, he will become an unbalanced neurotic.
Popular questions and answers
How long does it take to walk with Kuvasz?
Kuvasz are very active dogs, you need to walk with them for about 2 hours a day.
Do the Kuvasz freeze in winter?
No, the Kuvasz don’t freeze in winter, so you can safely walk with them for the allotted time.
Will the Kuvasz get along with a cat?
The Kuvasz get along well with cats, so there will be no problems with their life together.
How does the Kuvasz react to other dogs?
In their territory, they can show aggression towards other dogs, so early socialization of the puppy is necessary.
Is it possible to keep the Kuvasz outside?
Yes, the Kuvasz can be constantly kept outside, this breed is adapted to such conditions.
This big, cute dog is an ancient European breed that has faithfully served people for many centuries as a shepherd and guardian.
Where the kuvasz came from, it is impossible to say for sure, but it has been known since time immemorial. It is believed to have been brought by the tribes of the ancient Hungarians, who used it as a protector against wild animals and thieves. Unpretentious and hardy, later she began herding cattle and helping farmers. In the 15th century, during the reign of Matt Korvinusz, these dogs were court favorites and spread throughout Europe.
They guarded the king and participated with him in the hunt. In the 19th century, the kuvasz was presented at an exhibition and fell in love not only with farmers, whom it still helps, but also with townspeople, who began to keep it as a companion. Unfortunately, World War II drastically reduced the number of these wonderful creatures, leaving only 30 individuals alive in Hungary. But the breed was saved, and now these dogs are very popular again.