Kuvasz


Kuvasz, breed of working dog, which originated in Tibet and was intensively bred in 15th-century Hungary. Renowned in central Europe as guard dogs for the nobility, kuvaszok (pl.) were also trained to hunt. Later, when commoners began to own them, the dogs were used for herding sheep and cattle. The modern Kuvasz, while smaller than its ancestors, is of considerable size. Strong and well muscled, it moves with great agility on long legs. The male stands 71 to 76 cm (28 to 30 in) at the shoulder and weighs 45 to 52 kg (100 to 115 lb); the female ranges from 66 to 71 cm (26 to 28 in) and weighs 32 to 41 kg (70 to 90 lb). Keenly intelligent and devoted, it is used as family guard dogs, particularly for children. The kuvasz is solid white with no markings; the coarse double coat, wavy or straight, forms a mane over the chest and is longer along the tail and on the backs of the legs.



Kuvasz: The large, intelligent kuvasz, which originated in Tibet, was bred as a guard and hunting dog for royalty in 15th century Hungary. Commoners later raised it to herd sheep and cattle. Today the kuvasz usually is a family dog.

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