Routine Care: She requires vigorous daily exercise and a securely fenced yard. She's a large smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.
Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: Kuvasz generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
She was bred for centuries to guard her flock and therefore tends to be gentle and protective of her family’s children and pets.
• Protective of owners; excellent guard dog
• Highly active and eager to have a purpose
• Confident and self-reliant
• Large, strong, and athletic
• Loyal and easygoing with the people she knows
• Trustworthy and dependable
• Must be properly socialized as a puppy to avoid aggression as an adult
• Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit
• Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices
• Sheds quite a bit
• Independent and headstrong
• Suspicious of strangers
Whether you are considering adding a new Kuvasz to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Kuvasz will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Kuvasz you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues a Kuvasz could encounter:
Bone and Joint Problems
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Knee Ligament Tear
The Kuvasz is an ancient breed originating in Tibet and developed into a contemporary breed in Hungary. Her name comes from the Turkish word kawasz that translates into armed guard of the nobility. Originally, they served as companions and guards for rulers of Hungary and were only owned by royalty.
Kuvasz are working dogs that are serious about their job: they are courageous and fearless. They form strong bonds with their family but are not overly demonstrative with affection.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Kuvasz shows signs of the following:
• Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
• General reluctance to run or play
• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
• Cloudiness to eye lens
• Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
• Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
• Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness
• Underbite, drooling, dropping food
• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
• Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds