A considerably olden breed, the Kuvasz can be traced back to Tibet and ancient northern Mesopotamia where clay boards from 1300 BC have "ku-assa” inscribed on them. The word literally translates into “dog-horse.” The Kuvasz is a breed of dogs known for being brilliant travel companions, who could guard horses and riders. The Kuvasz, as we know him today, was bred in Hungary. Hungary’s King Mathias I intended to keep the Kuvasz breed as his faithful protectors and helped develop the breed. In addition to serving as bodyguards, the Kuvasz was also for hunting expeditions. The protective trait is still very strong in the Kuvasz and they now act as guardians for sheep, goats and other livestock.

Physique and Personality

A fully-grown adult male Kuvasz will be around 28 to 30 inches tall and weight from 110 to 115 pounds. An adult female will be around 26 to 28 inches with a weight of about 70 to 90 pounds. The Kuvasz has distinct floppy ears and a characteristic double coat of medium length that varies from straight to wavy, and even curly. The usual colour of the coat for the Kuvasz is white, but slight variations of the shade are often seen.

When it comes to personality, the Kuvasz is an alert and extremely protective dog. Having had a history of acting as guard dogs, the Kuvasz is highly caring and defensive of his family. His extreme loyalty makes him a breed not particularly...

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