Learn about the temperament and personality of the Kuvasz. Discover what he’s like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves.
The Kuvasz is a territorial guardian. He was bred to guard livestock and he will protect his family, house, and property, even to the point of self-sacrifice. However, they are also quick to settle down once they understand there is no threat. The Kuvasz is especially protective of children. If allowed, he will even protect the neighbors’ yards, which can be a serious liability. It is crucial that a Kuvasz be kept on lead or in a fenced-in yard. Though the Kuvasz is a natural outdoor dog, he is also a social being who loves to share a house. He responds well to family life and loves to be part of the family’s daily routine. He is not as demonstrative as some breeds, but he is gentle, sensitive, and patient and shows fanatical devotion to his family. In general, he is a one-family dog who has trouble transferring his affection to other families. Adopting a Kuvasz is a commitment for life. The Kuvasz is an assertive breed, so early obedience training is imperative. If a Kuvasz does not see strong leadership in his owner, he can become impulsive and unruly. One needs to be able to control her dog when he decides that the mail carrier is a real danger. Training a Kuvasz takes patience, as this is an independent breed that matures slowly. They are naturally inclined to assume leadership and will challenge their owners from time to time. While they are not naturally obedient, a well-trained Kuvasz is a polite and responsive companion. In addition to obedience training, a Kuvasz needs lots of early, and ongoing, socialization. These dogs are born suspicious, and socialization prevents them from thinking that everything is a threat. A Kuvasz is usually reserved with strangers, but should not show aggression unless there is an actual threat. Most Kuvasz are dominant with other dogs, especially those of the same sex. Most do just fine with cats. Though they are active, they are not hyper, and they are not an “in your face” breed. So while they may seem undemanding, they still need daily exercise and enjoy going for long walks and hikes. (They can even carry their own backpack!) This dog was bred for endurance. They can be a bit mischievous. They are intelligent problem solvers and have been known to open doors to get something to eat. And if they get bored or lonely, they will probably bark incessantly and/or dig holes. They have a great sense of humor. They also drool and slobber. They are great companions and guardians for the well-matched owners, but they can be a nightmare for the submissive, lenient owners out there.
The Kuvasz is moderately easy to train. He learns new commands at the average rate. He is neither difficult nor easy to train.
The Kuvasz is a very heavy shedder. He sheds an awful lot of hair! You’ll find hair all over your home, stuck to everything! You’ll probably even find it in the butter!
The medium-length coat of the Kuvasz only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds excessively you may find yourself brushing him daily to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn’t fall out in your home!)
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