For the last millennia the Kuvasz’s development has clearly been in historical domain of Hungary (which formerly occupied a much larger territory than present) where his main duties were that of a livestock guard, protecting livestock from wolves, bears and thieves. The breed has been used in other capacities, including the hunting of big game, a war-dog, herding dog and most recently as an estate, home and property guard. The Kuvasz can be trained for several purposes, as can many breeds, but his natural instincts remain that of the ancient livestock guardian, and that is where he excels, with little, or no formal training. His height of popularity crested under King Matthias I (1458-1490) of Hungary. The breed was held in high esteem and the King is said to have trusted his dogs more than the men that served him. He always had a dog in his company. The dogs acted as personal guardians, guarded the estate’s livestock, and were used for hunting boar, bear and wolf. Large kennels of Kuvaszok were kept at the King’s estate in Siebenbuergen. Pups were awarded as gifts to visiting dignitaries and indeed, it was during this period that the Kuvasz was regarded as the “armed guard of royalty”. In fact, the name Kuvasz was once thought to be derived from the Turkish Kawasz, meaning protector and guard of noblemen. Kuvaszok were also used as war dogs, frequently accompanying horses into battle. The breed continues to be adept at working with horses. His history in Hungary has been rich as a working dog, expanding his traditional role of flock guardian to that of protector of royalty, family companion and guardian of property.
Credit; Steve Hounsell, President, Kuvasz Club of Canada
Be aware that club officers do change but those listed here can usually help you find the current secretary or appropriate.
Hungarian Kuvasz Club – http://www.kuvaszargentina.com.ar/
Kuvasz Club of Canada – http://www.kuvaszclubofcanada.org/
Hungarian Kuvasz Club of Germany – http://www.kuvasz.de/
Hungarian Kuvasz Club – http://www.kuvaszvereniging.nl/
Kuvasz Club of Switzerland – http://www.kuvasz.ch/
There are no UK breed clubs listed for this lovely breed.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
KUVASZ CLUB OF AMERICA. (Official AKC Parent Club) http://www.kuvaszclubofamerica.org
KUVASZ FANCIERS OF AMERICA. http://kuvaszinfo.com
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