The Kuvasz is a livestock guardian breed from Hungary. They are originally from Tibet, but they were developed into the current breed in Hungary. The name of the breed comes from the Turkish word ‘kawasz’ that translates into armed guard of the nobility. They make an excellent watchdog and guardian. They are gentle with people, children, and other pets in the family, but they are not the cuddly and affectionate kind of dog. Strangers will not get a warm welcome, and they can be aggressive toward dogs they don’t know. Protecting the family is their job and they take it seriously. Kuvasz are smart, independent and strong willed dogs.
Common Health Conditions
- Hip dysplasia, an inherited disease that causes the hip joints to form improperly and leads to arthritis.
- Dermatomyositis is an inflammatory condition of the skin and muscles seen in young Kuvaszok.
- Kuvasz are prone to a common condition called hypothyroidism in which the body doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone. Signs can include dry skin and coat, hair loss, susceptibility to other skin diseases, weight gain, fearfulness, aggression, or other behavioral changes