The Kuvasz is a large, white flock-guarding dog who hails from Hungary.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Kuvasz.
The Kuvasz is arguably the oldest identifiable breed of dog in the world today. Although the exact origins of the breed are unknown, it is said to have originated during the Mesopotamian time. It is believed that the Magyar tribes brought this breed with them when they settled along the Carpathian Basin. It is also believed that back then, the breed was used for guarding livestock. The latest known records of the breed date back to the 15th century. During the reign of King Corvinus, the breed gained special importance as it began to be gifted to royal patrons.
2) Independent Mind
As flock guardians, Kuvasz are bred to have an independent mind of their own so they can protect their vulnerable charges from whatever danger appear. They prefer to make their own decisions, which may not line up with yours when you're trying to raise them as an indoor companion. In other words, Kuvasz are typically willful dogs. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
The Kuvasz is a dog of a moderate build with an athletic frame. It has a proportionate head and is the most beautiful part of the body. It has almond shaped eyes which are dark brown in color; V-shaped ears which are slightly away from the cheeks; a proportionate muzzle which is slightly tapering towards the end; black lips with a scissors bite or a level bite and a black nose. The tail is strong and carried low with a slight curve at the tip.
Kuvasz is characterized by its loud and deafening bark. As guard dogs, they can alert and warn their owners once they sense danger. They are most vigilant at night time, making them the perfect home companion not only for families, but of solo homeowners as well. The only problem is, they have the tendency to bark frequently.
It is an outdoor breed and thus requires a lot of exercise. A long walk is recommended daily for effective emotional and physical development of this breed. Leaving it alone for long durations can result in overtly aggressive behavior. It is sensitive to warm climate so care should be taken while taking them out.
6) Around Kids
With the children in his own family, Kuvasz are gentle and patient, but may become concerned and overprotective when neighborhood kids join in. Similarly, he may be amiable with the pets in his own family, yet think nothing of eradicating trespassing animals.
Training a Kuvasz can be tough. This breed is dominant and independent, which explains why it loves being in charge all the time. To raise an obedient Kuvasz, consistency is the key. Training should be firm, but it should be blended with tenderness so the dog breed won’t develop violent behavior. In addition to that, providing enough opportunity for socialization as they grow old is also important. This way, they would learn how to welcome unfamiliar guests without going over-suspicious.
This breed has a double coat with a coarse outer coat and a soft and fine undercoat. The coat can be wavy to straight in nature but is always white in color and, with a heavily pigmented skin.
The Kuvasz is a seasonally heavy shedder. To maintain its double coat regular brushing is required. However, this breed should not be bathed too often as the coat has the natural tendency to remove dirt.
10) Health Problems
The Kuvasz prone to some health issues like hip dysplasia, skin allergies and hypertrophic osteodystrophy.