Hungarian Kuvasz Breed Summary
Loyal, Intelligent, Devoted, Energetic and Gentle
These dogs are sturdily built and are very well-muscled! They are also known to have a very unique walk and are said to gracefully stride their way through lives! They are also often referred to as 'fashion dogs' and were specifically bred to have white coats purely for aesthetic reasons!
They have lovely personalities and are very loyal and happy companion dogs. They were originally bred to guard their properties and 'hoomans', so are fairly aloof with strangers, which means they make wonderful watchdogs!
Fun Fact: They can walk for over 15 miles without tiring!
|Lifespan||10 to 12 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 28in - 30in, Females 26in - 28in|
|Weight||Males 110lb - 115lb, Females 70lb - 90lb|
|Coat||Coat is Dense, Wavy and Medium/Long in Length|
|Common health issues||Canine hip dysplasia, Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD), von Willebrand's Disease, Gastric dilatation-volvulus|
|Other Names||Hungarian Kuvasz|
These dogs are extremely loyal and devoted towards their 'hoomans' and will do everything they can to protect and guard them from potential threats. Along with the fact they are fairly wary of strangers, they tend to make very good watch dogs! They are also very loyal, which in turn means they make loving family pets. Additionally, they get on very well with children and will never show any sign of aggression, as they are very gentle around them. On top of this, they are a very intelligent breed and so training is fairly easy! However, they aren't the best breed for first time owners and would suit a family who have experience with similar breeds. But with the right level of training and socialization they are sure to make fantastic family pets.
Hungarian Kuvaszes are thought to be one of the three ancient Hungarian Breeds, supposedly arriving in Hungary around 1,200 years ago! This was when the Maygyar Tribes invaded the country. Their name, 'Kuwasz' is a Turkish word meaning 'bodyguard', but they were originally used as herding dogs. It was during the 15th century that these dogs became a highly prized breed for their fabulous white coats and were even said to be owned by King Vlad Dracula (the count!). However, after this period of time, the breed began to decline in popularity and weren't revived until the late 1800's and were only properly established just after WW2!