The thick double coat requires vigilant brushing; sheds profusely in warm weather.
While he is devoted to and protective of his family, the Kuvasz may not be overly demonstrative with his affections. He is often especially polite and reserved when meeting strangers. It's important to start training early, but be patient, as the breed matures slowly. As an active working dog, he requires daily activity. However, the Kuvasz coat is very easy to care for, needing brushing but very little bathing.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Kuvasz is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 14 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming with a brush an occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
He is often especially polite and reserved when meeting strangers. It's important to start training early, but be patient, as the breed matures slowly. As an active working dog, he requires daily activity. Kuvaszok compete in many dog events. With training and socialization, many Kuvaszok make excellent therapy dogs. You and your Kuvaszok deserve the best outcome. Training will help you achieve that ideal of Kuvaszok as man’s and woman’s best friend. The Kuvaszok is known to be independent, sometimes to the point of stubbornness. Yet, the young puppy must learn early to understand that the owner is the leader and that commands mean what they say. Heavy-handed training does not suit the nature of this breed. Consistent short lessons with praise and treats, time-outs for overwrought behavior and an age appropriate exercise program whether walks or fun play are the tools with which to train your Kuvaszok.
Like many large breeds, they can suffer from hip dysplasia and other joint problems. Thyroid disease and PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) are two other conditions of concern in our breed. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Kuvasz are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Kuvasz can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.