Bold, courageous and fearless, the Kuvasz is an unparalleled livestock guard, able to act at just the right moment without instruction and cover rough terrain for long periods of time. One of the larger working breeds, he is well-muscled and agile. His double coat features a coarse guard hair that protects a soft, fine undercoat. The hair ranges from straight to quite wavy, but must always be white.
If you don’t have time for socializing and obedience training a Kuvasz from earliest puppyhood into maturity, skip to the next breed. Large, quick dogs hardwired to protect loved ones (especially kids), Kuvaszok must be taught early and often what is a true threat and what is simply unusual. Kuvaszok are sensitive and gentle with their humans and expect sensitivity and gentleness in return. Harsh training creates more problems than it solves. They’re beautiful, smart, and profoundly loyal, but Kuvaszok are a challenging breed.
Did You Know?
The Kuvasz originated in Tibet.
The Kuvasz' name comes from the corrupted spelling of the Turkish word kawasz ("armed guard of the nobility") and the Arabian word kawwasz ("archer") that signified the unexcelled guarding instincts of the breed.
None but those within the favor of the royal circles were premitted to own specimens of the Kuvasz.
The Kuvasz developed into the form in which he is seen today in Hungary.
In the fifteenth century the Kuvasz was kept in the court of King Matthias, who claimed to trust only his Kuvasz dogs and not people.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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