Kuvasz


"...the Kuvasz does have a sense of humor...

"...Kuvaszok (plural for Kuvasz)...

"...the breed's challenging personality; nurturing, protective nature; and breathtaking beauty...

"Group: Working... Size: Females, 26 to 28 inches and 70 to 90 pounds... Trainability: Moderate... Exercise: Moderate... Good with children... Good with pets...

"The Kuvasz belongs to the family of ancient livestock guarding dogs of Eurasia... Its name likely comes from the Chuvash, ancient farmers of Russia...

"To accommodate the Kuvasz's inherent tendency to guard, it needs a family that "desires a fun, challenging relationship with a big, strong dog"... The ideal owner is patient and persistent... A loving owner must set limits and make expectations clear without being overly harsh, she says, plus have the time for sufficient exercise, socialization, and training...

"Kuvaszok excel at agility, obedience, tracking, and therapy work...

"...the Kuvasz wants to be near you, whether you're on the go or lounging..." (Horan, Stephanie. "Hungary's White Knight." Dog Fancy, September 2003, 52-55).

"Its name in Turkish means "safekeeper."

"The word Kuvasz comes from the Sumerian word Kuassa. This word has been found inscribed in cuneiform on boards excavated from a number of ancient Sumerian cities. The oldest is about 7,000 years old. The first letters, KU, are from an old Sumerian word for dog, kudda, which means the animal that gives the tail. Assa means horse. The Kuassa was a dog that guarded and ran alongside horses and horsemen.

"Your Kuvasz will need lots of exercise.

"The Kuvasz sheds all the time.

"Because of his natural guarding instinct the Kuvasz will be very protective of his family and very suspicious of strangers" (AKC).


Links & Pictures:

Kuvasz Club of America for more information.
Kuvasz Association, American
Kuvasz Rescue, national
Kuvasz Fanciers of America


Colby Glass, MLIS