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Basic characteristics

Country/Region of Origin:                                                      Hungary
 
Trainability:                                                                                 Easy
 
Size:                                                                                              Big
 
weight:                                                                                   32-52Kg
 
Energy level:                                                                               High
 
Exercise needed:                                                              60min/daily
 
Color:                                                                                         White
 
Protection:                                                                                   High
 
Shedding:                                                                                  Small
 
Area needed:                                                                                 Big

 

 

Additional information (Wiki): The Kuvasz is a very intelligent dog and is often described as having a clownish sense of humor which can last throughout their adolescence and occasionally into adulthood. They are intensely loyal yet patient pets who appreciate attention but may also be somewhat aloof or independent, particularly with strangers. In keeping with their origins as a livestock guardian, Kuvasz are known to be fierce protectors of their families. They rank 42nd in Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs. This is a gross misunderstanding since this breed was bred for centuries to think on it's own initiative without instruction. They have been misunderstood to be of average working/obedience intelligence. They require an experienced dog handler/trainer. Given their intelligence, constant awareness of their surroundings, as well as their size and strength, they can be quite impressive in this role. A Kuvasz should be courageous, disciplined and stable, while hyperactivity, nervousness and shyness are to be faulted.

The combination of intelligence, independence and protectiveness make obedience training and socialization necessities. Furthermore, despite their intelligence, they should not be perceived as easily trained. Their independent personalities can make training a difficult task which can wear on the patience of even experienced owners. As a result, they are not recommended for novices and those who do not have time to train and socialize them properly. An adolescent Kuvasz should be able to learn basic obedience commands and consistently respond to them; however the instinctive need to investigate strangers and protect its owner may cause the Kuvasz to act independently when off leash and ignore the calls of a frustrated handler. Finally, a potential owner should refrain from purchasing a Kuvasz if barking will be a problem at the home. While not all Kuvasz are prone to barking, many of them fulfill their guardian role by vocally warning off potential threats, both real and imagined. On the other hand, many of these qualities make the Kuvasz excellent guardians for sheep or large estates.

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