There are varying opinions about the origins of the Kuvasz. The breed, though today regarded as a Hungarian breed, may have originated in Tibet, traveling with the Magyars into Hungary, way back in the 9th century. Fossils suggest that the dog could be one of the oldest breeds ever. By the 15th century, the breed became a favorite with the royalty, though it always was a protector of livestock for the common man. By the end of the WW II, the Kuvasz had nearly become extinct. However, it was revived from the few survivors, and has since then become one of the most sought after companion dogs.
The Kuvasz is a well-built, large dog that is white in color and has a very good looking head. It has a well-defined stop; tapering muzzle but is not pointed; black nose; almond-shaped, dark brown eyes; tucked up lower abdomen; profuse mane around the neck and chest; heavily pigmented skin; tail that is usually carried low; and scissor bite teeth.
White, cream or ivory.
A highly intelligent dog, the Kuvasz has a clownish sense of humor that can last well up to its adulthood. This breed is also independent, which can make training difficult even for an experienced owner. This loyal and protective dog requires early socialization to become disciplined instead of being aggressive and territorial. An incessant barker, the Kuvasz is a courageous watchdog, besides guarding livestock, and family and their territory with its life.
Hip dysplasia and other orthopedic disorders, allergies and skin problems are some of the health concerns associated with the Kuvasz.
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NZKC