Kuvasz Dog

Description:
The Kuvasz is a white work dog that is exceptionally balanced, has a robust body build and is big in size. This dog is very muscular, has good bone structure and it's height is around seventy one to seventy six centimeters in the case of the males and sixty six to seventy one centimeters in the case of the females. The Kuvasz can be considered and has both the image of strength and lightness when it is in movement. It is very important when choosing this dog that its head looks proportionate and looks longer than it does in width. It has almond shaped dark eyes that are well apart from each other. Its nose should be thick, v shaped and the tips should be somewhat rounded and inserted further back on its head. The muzzle should be in proportion with its head and should look flat on the top, not pointy. Its neck should be muscular, have a medium length and should not form any dewlap. This dog's back has a medium length, short and muscular reins, its chest is long and it has a big thorax. The tail should be lowly inserted and should reach the hocks. The wichers should be higher than the back; the legs should have good bone structure but should not look too heavy, they should look long and well angled. This dog has a very luxurious double coat; the undercoat is fine and the outer coat is straight or might be somewhat wavy; the hair on the neck and chest is more abundant and it has fringes of hair on its legs. This dog's coat should be completely white and its skin should be darkly pigmented. A male Kuvasz weighs around fifty to fifty-seven kilograms and females around thirty-five to forty kilograms.

Ideal owner:
The very attractive looking Kuvasz has been noticed by more people who are interested in getting a good looking guard dog that doesn't look like a beast. This dog is both elegant and strong, and if the owner trains and canalizes its strong territorial instinct, it can be perfect as a guard dog. This dog can be trusted with children, however it is not as tolerant and longsuffering as a Golden retriever for example. It is very important to dedicate a lot of time to training it and allow it to get plenty of exercise since it is a big and very intelligent dog.

Growth:
This breed tends to have a lot of babies and in some cases supplementary nourishment might be needed. At eight weeks of age this dog should weigh around six and a half to nine kilograms, the males are usually bigger than the females. This breed reaches its physical maturity over the age of eighteen months, however it will continue to gain body substance afterwards, especially in the case of the males. If you are interested in getting a Kuvasz, make sure to focus not only on its body structure, but to check into the behavior of its parents if possible as well and obviously, make sure that the puppy does not behave shyly. This dog's adolescence is marked by the changing of its puppy coat to its adult coat. When it is a puppy its coat should be short, straight and thick. When it is changing coats the owner will need to brush its coat a lot more to get rid of the dead hair and avoid knots from forming. Its coat will need to be groomed more often during shedding seasons. During adolescence you will also be able to notice its dominating and guardian instincts arise; during this time the Kuvasz will most likely put its owner to the test and this is why it is vital the owner is firm and consistent with its training. The right amount and type of training will turn this dog into a very faithful, loyal guardian dog.

General health:
Just as with other working breeds that haven't been bred in excess, this dog is very resistant to disease and it has very few hereditary and congenital problems. The biggest worry in this breed is hip dysphasia and it is something this breed is prone to due to its large size. Make sure to only get this breed from a reputable dog breeder that has certificates showing the dog does not have this condition. Skin problems have also been noticed and they tend to affect breeds that have an abundant amount of hair especially the white-coated ones. Daily grooming and brushing can limit the incidence of skin problems. The average life span of this breed is under ten years.

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