The Kuvasz (pronounced “Koo – Vuz”) name in turkey means ‘protector’. They are a long established, ancient Hungarian Shepherd Dog, that were used to watch and guard their flocks. Due to the decline in stock herding, they were used less for their original duties and have become more settled in villages and in towns.
The Kuvasz is a spirited dog with a medium energy level that allows them to remain alert, yet never hyperactive. Their independence of thought and deed, high intelligence, determination, courage, physical strength, agility & loyalty combine to aid them in their protective work. They defend those they love to the point of self sacrifice without external direction.
They are confidently curious & playful as they are gentle & affectionate, especially with children. The adult Kuvasz is socially discriminating with strangers until they assesses their intent.
The Kuvasz requires emotional closeness to their family. While the Kuvasz is a large & strong dog with high levels of independence they are crushed by unjust shame, blame, repeated insult & emotional neglect.
The independent & intelligent Kuvasz requires socialisation. Socialisation refers to the process of teaching and the acceptance of behaviours, attitudes & rules of the family. Socialisation begins at birth, continues past maturity & must be based on the Kuvasz stage of mental development (vs. rapid physical development) if disappointments are to be avoided.
A fenced yard is a necessity because the Kuvasz enjoys being outdoors, despite his desire to be close to the family. They need room to run and play. Apartment living is not an ideal environment.
Although the Kuvasz is loving & patient with his children, he will protect his children from perceived threats from others. Likewise the puppy requires protection from the children. Children must be taught how to handle and live with a dog.
Learn all you can on the breed before you make an investment. The Kuvasz will be a part of your family for many years to come, allow the breeder to assist you in making the decision of whether or not this is the right breed for your family.