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Kuvasz

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
Kuvasz
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Grooming
Appearance
26-30" (66-76 cm) 66-137 lb (30-62 kg) Medium-coarse, wavy or straight outercoat. Fine wooly outercoat. Neck ruff. White or ivory.
Photo courtesy of Lofranco Kennels Perm. Reg'd
History

History

For thousands of years, nomadic Magyar tribes brought guard dogs with them as they moved into the land now known as Hungary. Likely descended from the ancient Tibetan Mastiff, Kuvasz is believed to have guarded herds of horses. In addition to guarding, these brave and loyal dogs ran alongside warriors as they went into battle, and took down dangerous prey such as wild boar. Settlers in Hungary favoured the Kuvasz for guarding sheep in the wetter mountainous regions. In North America, the breed gained popularity in the 1920s as a patrol dog and guardian of livestock out west. Because the breed was such a formidable guard dog, German and Soviet soldiers in World War II killed them rather than risking a fight. Only some 30 Kuvasz were thought to remain by the end of the war. After the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, fresh interest arose in the national breed, and dedicated breeders worked to bring it back from near extinction.

Personality

Intensely loyal and dedicated to his family, the Kuvasz remains a guardian breed. He is wary of strangers, and will protect his family should he feel it’s threatened. Careful socialization is essential. Like most working dogs, he is happiest when he has a job.

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Kuvasz Breeders

Huron Reg’d
Ontario

Huron Reg’d Kuvaszok Kennels, Amber Kunz. The puppies that I raise come from parents that have physical and temperamental soundness, and generations of certified hip clearances. For nearly 30 years, my dogs have been successfully placed in both working homes and as family guardians. These puppies are CKC Reg’d, will have their first set of inoculations, and come with a written guarantee, and lifetime support. Also, many families have tested the unique aspect that this breed is hypoallergenic. Kuvasz show an affinity for human companionship, forming an unbreakable bond with those it loves, extending to self-sacrifice if necessary. They are very versatile and will adapt to the lifestyle and environment in which they are raised. A Kuvasz is determined that nothing should disturb the peace and well-being of its family, its animals, or its property. Home of the Gentle Guardian. (519) 524-2962; rakunz@hurontel.on.ca; www.huronkennels.com

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Lofranco Kennels Perm. Reg’d
Ontario

Lofranco Kennels Perm. Reg’d, Frank & Darla Lofranco. Top Producing Kennel in breed history (40+ years) 100+ champions, Best in Show, Best in Specialty, Obedience titles, Top show dogs trace heritage/pedigrees to Lofranco Kennels including today’s top show winners. Puppies, adults available. Frozen semen including Seneca (Top Producer) and others available. Written health guarantee. (519) 833-2693; lofranco@aztec-net.com; www.aztec-net.com/~lofrancokuvasz

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