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Kuvasz Dog Breed Profile

The Kuvasz dog's ancestors are reported to have travelled with the Magyar horsemen during the 10 th century.

Other Names:
'Protector of the sheep'

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Origin: Hungary

Breed Purpose: Guarding Livestock

Kennel Club Dog Group: Pastoral

Height: Bitch 66-70cm., Dog 71-75cm

Weight: Bitch 30-42kg., Dog 40-52kg

Lifespan: 12 years

Exercise Needs: The Kuvasz is a superb athlete and needs at least one hour exercise a day. They are excellent swimmers and love to burn off energy by swimming in a lake. This dog also loves to jump and does take part in agility. They have huge amounts of stamina.

Feeding Needs: Often this dog is overfed because of his size. The Kuvasz thrives on a natural, home prepared diet and particularly enjoys cooked carrots. Adhere to the recommended quantities or this dog will quickly become obese.

Common Ailments: The Kuvasz is a very hardy dog with no common medical problems. Some are prone to hip dysplasia and ear infections. Care must be taken to keep the ears clean and dry.

Physical Description: A large dog with a powerful appearance. The skull is elongated with a prominent forehead. The eyes are almond shaped. The ears are V-shaped the top third standing away from the head, and the rest folds over and hangs to the cheeks. The neck is slightly arched going down to a long, muscular body with well sprung ribs and a deep chest. The front legs are long and muscular and the hind legs are slightly angulated. The tail hangs low, curling slightly upwards. The coat is rough and wavy with a soft, woolly undercoat. Males have a long mane of hair reaching to the chest. The coat colour is white and the skin is grey.

Hungarian Kuvasz K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

This huge dog is intelligent with a dominant personality. They are excellent guard dogs and are not friendly towards visitors. The working Kuvasz would tear wolves apart to protect his flock of sheep.

This supreme working dog has not adapted particularly well to being a family pet. It is definitely not an apartment or a town dog and prefers to live outdoors in an open area with kennel.

The Kuvasz will guard their family and territory fiercely. They love children with whom they are very gentle but do not take kindly to being pulled around by little fingers!

This dog can be very dominant and needs consistent training from an early age by an owner that can be assertive and has a good knowledge of the breed and of reward-based training methods.

The Kuvasz is definitely not a suitable dog for the average family seeking a general household pet dog.
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