The Kuvasz has a large, sturdy, well-proportioned frame—slightly longer than tall—covered in a thick, white, medium-coarse coat. Its wide head has a slightly tapered muzzle, almond-shaped eyes, hanging V-shaped ears, and black lips and nose. Its muscular neck has a nice, fluffy mane and its bushy tail hangs low.
The Kuvasz is a devoted family dog with a strong sense of independence. Protective and faithful, this dog would much rather patrol the perimeter of the household than cuddle on the couch. It is known for being a gentle and watchful presence around children. While intelligent and easy to train, it is somewhat sensitive, responding to consistent but positive training.
The Kuvasz can live as long as 13 years. Common health issues include deafness, hip dysplasia and eye problems. Its thick coat requires daily brushing, especially during spring and fall shedding seasons.
Being a natural-born working dog, the Kuvasz needs to be busy. Farmers and ranchers (especially in colder climates) will appreciate its dedication and intelligence. Not the best apartment dog, they need at least a medium-sized yard and vigorous daily walks to stay mentally and physically sharp.
Named after the Turkish word for “guard,” the Kuvasz appeared in Hungary (by way of the Magyars) more than 800 years ago. Used as both a hunter and shepherd, this dog eventually became popular in Europe as a police dog. Today, it still tends sheep around the world, but it also serves as a beloved household pet.