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Kuvasz Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

OriginHungary
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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Other Names
What other names does the Kuvasz have? The dog breed also known as...
Hungarian Kuvasz
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Kuvasz recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Kuvasz recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Price
How much does the Kuvasz puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Kuvasz price:
$500-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Kuvasz, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Kuvasz for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Kuvasz gets to a happy place.

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General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Kuvasz size:
Giant
Weight
How much does the Kuvasz weigh? Kuvasz weight:
Male: 106-137 pounds (48-62 kg), Female: 82-110 pounds (37-50 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Kuvasz? Kuvasz average weight:
Male: 121 pounds (40 kg), Female: 96 pounds (48,5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Kuvasz? Kuvasz height:
Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), Female: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Kuvasz average height:
Male: 29 inches (73.5 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Kuvasz have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseWavyDoubleCoarser TopcoatModerately HarshSlightly StiffFiner Downy Undercoat
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Kuvasz's coat?
White
Grooming
How to groom the Kuvasz and how often?
Effortless: The Kuvasz requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Kuvasz is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Kuvasz dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Hungarian Kuvasz? Kuvasz shedding level:
Kuvaszs 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 Kuvasz breed.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Kuvasz have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ClownishIntelligentPatientIndependentLoyalProtectiveBraveFearlessSelf-ConfidentFaithfulDependable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Kuvasz? Are they intelligent?
Average: Kuvasz's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Kuvasz dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Kuvaszs aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Kuvaszs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Kuvasz sensitivity:
Kuvaszs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Kuvaszs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Hungarian Kuvasz need? Kuvasz social needs:
Kuvaszs 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.
Barking
Do Kuvasz dogs bark a lot? Why does my Hungarian Kuvasz bark?
Average: The Kuvasz barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Kuvasz good as a watchdog?
Kuvaszs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Kuvasz dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Kuvasz dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Kuvaszs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Kuvasz can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Kuvasz will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Kuvasz bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Hungarian Kuvasz? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Kuvasz? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Kuvasz has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Kuvasz do?
Kuvaszs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Kuvaszs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Kuvasz to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Kuvasz roam?
Kuvaszs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Kuvasz have high prey drive?
Kuvaszs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Kuvasz good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Kuvaszs are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Kuvaszs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Kuvasz dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Kuvaszs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Kuvasz dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Kuvasz and children:
Kuvaszs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Kuvasz dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Kuvaszs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Kuvasz good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Kuvasz dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Kuvaszs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Kuvaszs good office dogs? Do Kuvaszs make good office friendly dogs? Can Kuvaszs be ofiice dogs?
No
Kuvasz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Kuvasz dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Hungarian Kuvasz temperament with senior people? Are Kuvasz dogs good for elderly owners?
Kuvaszs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Kuvasz dogs get along with other pets? Are Kuvasz dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Kuvaszs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Kuvasz breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Kuvaszs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Kuvasz be a service dog?
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). Kuvasz is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Kuvasz be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed 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 to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Kuvasz is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Kuvasz be a sniffer dog?
Not really
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. Kuvasz is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Kuvasz be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Kuvasz is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Kuvasz be a boat dog?
Not really
Kuvasz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Kuvasz be a drafting dog?
Yes
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. Kuvasz breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Kuvasz dogs have health problems?
Kuvaszs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Kuvasz breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Kuvasz breed? Health risks of Kuvasz:
BloatEye DiseasesHip DysplasiaHypertrophic OsteodystrophyOsteochondrosisThyroid Disorder
Life Expectancy
How long do Kuvasz dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Kuvasz be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Kuvasz breed hypoallergenic?
No
Kuvaszs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the 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.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Kuvasz have?
Kuvaszs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Kuvasz dogs require per day?
Kuvaszs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Kuvaszs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Kuvasz need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Kuvasz risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Kuvasz'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 Kuvasz's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Kuvasz has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Kuvasz drool?
The Kuvasz 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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Kuvasz puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Kuvasz: 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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the Kuvasz have a litter? 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 Kuvasz have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
8-12 puppies

Pros & Cons of Kuvasz

Pros
  • Health Issues: Kuvaszs are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Kuvasz requires minimal grooming.
  • Stinkiness: The Kuvasz has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Kuvaszs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Kuvaszs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Child Friendly: Kuvaszs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Kuvaszs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Trainability: Kuvaszs aren't famous for their trainability.
  • Hypoallergenic: Kuvaszs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Kuvaszs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Kuvaszs shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Office Friendly: Kuvasz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Kuvaszs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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