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Group: Working Dogs (Group 5)
Club: Working Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 5)
Contact: Julie Burnett
Phone: 9557 3905

About the Kuvasz


Background The original ancestor for the Kuvasz migrated from Northern Iraq to territories of Asia Minor about 9000 years ago and southern and Eastern Europe about 7000 years ago. The dogs were utilised to protect the flocks and their people. The best documentation of the breed occurred in the fifteenth century. King Matthias declared the Kuvasz as the noble dog of the king. In the twentieth century, Hungarian farmers used the Kuvasz on the farm, to pull carts and protect the farm including all of its inhabitants. During World War II, the invading Germans also found the Kuvasz to be a formidable enemy.

Average Lifespan They have an average lifespan of 10-12 years.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Kuvasz are a very loyal dog. Once a Kuvasz has been taught who is a member of the family, they will love and protect them. The Kuvasz is still stubborn and courageous, are tolerant and patient with children and will accept a lot from kids, but a child has no power over an adult dog. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.  A Kuvasz has a medium energy level, but they should not be hyperactive. They require homes with large fenced yards for them to get adequate exercise. Training for Kuvasz requires firm, consistent discipline.

Compatibility with other pets New family members must be introduced as part of the family. These members could include other dogs, cats, livestock, etc. All new introductions must be positive.

Care Requirements A Kuvasz has a dual coat and shed some amount all the time. Twice a year, they will shed out almost all their coat.

Ideal Owner/s Not a dog for everyone the Kuvasz is for people who have vast experience with unique herding breeds.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Kuvasz and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

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