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Kuri Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Kuri so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginNew Zealand flagNew Zealand
Other Names
What other names does the Kuri have?
Maori DogNew Zealand Indigenous DogNew Zealand Native DogPolynesian DogPeropero
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?

Kuri Size and Weight

Is a Kuri small, medium or large dog?

How big do Kuri get?

What is the average size of a Kuri?

How much does the Kuri weigh? How much should a Kuri weight? What is the normal weight of a Kuri? How much does a full-grown Kuri weight?
10-25 pounds (6-11kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Kuri?
17.5 pounds (8 kg)
How tall is the Kuri? Kuri height:
8-15 inches (20-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Kuri?
11.5 inches (29 cm)

Kuri Price and Availability

How much does the Kuri puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Kuri in the United States? How much money is a Kuri?

Where to buy a Kuri with a good pedigree?

Unfortunately the Kuri is an extinct dog breed, so there isn’t any available price range or breeder in the world for purchasing this breed.
How easy is it to get a Kuri? How many Kuri are there in the world?
Unavailable: This dog breed, unfortunately, is no longer available, it may even be extinct.

Kuri Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Kuri? Is the Kuri breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Kuri obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Kuri ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Kuri dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Kuri?
Kuri dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Watchdog Ability
Is Kuri good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Kuri dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Kuri dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Kuri dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.

Kuri Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Kuri have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Kuri sensitivity:
Kuri dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Kuri a good family dog?
Average: Kuri dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Maori Dog need? Kuri social needs:
Kuri dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Kuri to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Kuri roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Kuri is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Kuri have high prey drive?
Kuri dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Kuri dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.

Kuri Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
Average: Kuris, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Do Kuri dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Maori Dog bark?
Low to Average: The Kuri rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Kuri good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Kuri in an apartment?
Apartment-friendly dog the Kuri breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.

Kuri Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Kuri dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Kuri be left alone? How long can you leave a Kuri alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Kuri Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Kuri has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Kuri? How much bite force does a Kuri have? How strong is a Kuri bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Kuri bite force: Ordinary. Bite force Kuri measurements typically fall within the range of 200 to 400 PSI. The bite force of a Kuri is considered ordinary when compared to other dog breeds, but it is still quite powerful. This Kuri bite force PSI can cause bite wounds. Kuri bite PSI is not something that should be feared if the dog is well-trained and managed. To avoid any issues, it's essential to learn how to train a Kuri puppy not to bite from an early age.

The Kuri, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

In conclusion, while the Kuri bite force is certainly an interesting aspect of the breed, it is important not to let it overshadow the many other reasons why these dogs are so loved and respected. With proper training and socialization, a Kuri can be a loyal and protective companion for your family.

Biting Potential
Do Kuri bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Maori Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Kuri? Why do dog bites happen?


The Kuri has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Kuri do?
Kuri dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Kuri dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Kuri Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Kuri dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Kuri is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Kuri breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Kuri see the vet?
The Kuri should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Kuri dogs live? How old can a Kuri be? What is the age limit of the Kuri? How many years can the oldest Kuri live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Kuri?

How long is the lifespan of a Kuri?

They were usually eaten before they died of a natural death.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.

Kuri Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Kuri have? What is the activity level of the Kuri?
Kuri dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Kuri need? How much exercise do Kuri dogs require per day?

Do Kuri dogs need a lot of exercises?

Kuri dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Kuri breed need?
Kuri dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.

Kuri Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Kuri need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Kuri breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Kuri? How much food should I feed my Kuri?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Kuri risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Kuri's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Kuri weight regularly.

Kuri Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Kuri have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Kuri coats?
Black White Light Cream
How to groom the Kuri and how often? How often should I take my Kuri to the groomer?
Average: The Kuri requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Kuri, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Kuri dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Maori Dog? Do Kuri dogs shed a lot?
Kuri dogs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Kuri breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Kuri need a bath? How often should you give a Kuri a bath? Can I bathe my Kuri every day?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Is the Kuri breed hypoallergenic?
Kuri dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Kuri has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Kuri drool?
The Kuri is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Kuri Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Kuri dogs get along with other pets? Are Kuri dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Kuri dogs are generally with other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Kuri temperament with other people:
Kuri dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Kuri dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Kuri temperament with children:
Kuri dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Kuri dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Kuri breed live with a cat?
Kuri dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Kuri good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Kuri dogs get along with other dogs?
Kuri dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Kuri breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Kuri breed suitable for first-time owners?
Kuri dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Kuri dogs good office canines? Do Kuri dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Kuri is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Kuri dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Maori Dog temperament with senior people? Are Kuri dogs good for elderly owners?
Kuris are commonly okay with elderly people.

Kuri As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Kuri be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Kuri is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Kuri be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Kuri be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Kuri is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Kuri be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Kuri is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Kuri be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Kuri is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Kuri be a boat dog?

Not really

Kuri breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Kuri be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Kuri is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Kuri dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Kuri Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Kuri pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Kuri breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Kuri: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Kuri have in a litter? How many puppies can the Kuri breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Kuri have? How many puppies can a Kuri give birth to?
5-8 puppies

Kuri Recognition

AKC Group
Is Kuri recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Kuri recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Kuri Pros and Cons

  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Kuri breed.
  • Adaptability: Kuri dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Kuri dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Kuri dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Shedding Level: Kuri dogs shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Kuri's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Kuri is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Office Friendly: Kuri is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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