For today’s installment of Meet the Giants, we have the Kuvasz! The Kuvasz and Great Pyrenees are both big, white, fluffy, livestock guardian dogs, but with a few key differences.
Our pals at My GBGV Life are helping us out with today’s post!
If you currently have a Kuvasz, please list their names, ages, and gender.
Katie, 13, spayed female
Are there any other names/nicknames for the Kuvasz? If yes, list here.
What are three words you would use to describe the breed?
Strong, independent, loyal
What is the average size of a Kuvasz?
Males 70-115 lbs, females 70-90 lbs
What are the acceptable colors of a Kuvasz?
What is the average lifespan?
What was the Kuvasz bred to do?
Guard livestock without human supervision. They were placed with the animals they were to guard at a young age and grew up feeling like part of the herd and would do anything to protect them.
How much exercise does the Kuvasz need?
A medium amount of exercise. They are not hyper dogs, but they need a good walk or run at least once a day to expend energy.
What are some common health problems?
Hip dysplasia, and growing too fast as puppies. It’s important to feed the right diet to keep their growth in check, and also monitor exercise until their joints are all set to prevent problems later in life.
How much grooming does the Kuvasz require?
They shed a lot all year, but twice a year with the season change they really blow their coats. The Kuvasz needs to be brushed at least once a week and when they are changing coats, every two days or so.
What do you wish people knew about the Kuvasz before bringing one home?
Socialize, socialize, socialize! These are guard dogs by nature and if you don’t socialize them properly with people, animals, new places, they will start guarding you and your home and it will become a problem. It is not a breed for the faint of heart. They are not easy to train and are challenging, but if you are up for the challenge, the Kuvasz is wonderful!
Why do you love the breed?
They are so beautiful and loving to their family. People and cars are always stopping to tell me what a beautiful dog I have. I also love the challenge they present being such independent thinkers. Nothing is easy with the breed but, I like it that way.
Anything else you want to say?
I love the Kuvasz. Katie has brought me to tears at times with her naughty, independent side, but she has been such a loving girl her whole life. I would love to have another, but frankly, the 24/7/365 shedding of white fur is just too much for me. I need a break from fur. It is a great breed of dog, but the owner needs to have control of a Kuvasz and it is not good as a first dog in most cases.
So there you have it! A little bit of info about the Kuvasz. I cannot express enough how much I love the statement about being brought to tears with their naughty, independent side, but that they are so loving. I think it perfectly sums up livestock guardian breeds 🙂
We hope you learned something new about the Kuvasz and check back next week for another giant breed!