Although its name may suggest otherwise, the Hungarian Kuvasz actually originated in Tibet. It was in Hungary, however, that the breed was developed and standardized. Originally, the dogs were used to guard nobility of Hungary and other European empires. Years later, the breed fell into the hands of commoners, who discovered their aptitude for serving as guard dogs for their flocks.
The Kuvasz is a large dog, weighing in at 70 to 110 lbs., and makes a striking impression with its all-white hair coat. This breed is a devoted protector of its family, but is rather reserved with its affection to both family and strangers alike. Owing to its working heritage, the Kuvasv needs plenty of daily exercise. And though its dense coat needs brushing, it generally requires few baths and is considered easy to maintain.
Although a loyal breed, the Hungarian Kuvasz is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect its health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses the Hungarian Kuvasz is prone to include hip problems such as hip dysplasia; skin conditions such as dermatomyositis; eye issues such as cataracts; hearing problems such as deafness; and blood disorders such as von Willebrand Disease.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Kuvasz ever has the misfortune of inheriting his dad’s bad hips or mom’s poor eyes, you’re protected.