Have you been looking at Kuvasz puppies and wondering if this dog is your new forever friend? These dogs are great in the right home, but there’s a lot to bear in mind when taking on any new breed.
Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about these dogs.
Where to Get Kuvasz Puppies
A lot of people choose to get their Kuvasz puppy from a breeder. This is great, as long as the breeder is ethical. You should make sure your breeder has a spay/neuter contract in place, health-tested parents, and AKC papers. As well as that, they should be willing to answer any and all questions, and even Facetime with the puppies to ensure they aren’t a scam. They may also let you visit them. Kuvaszdog…
If you’ve found a puppy for a low price but the breeder seems off or you have a bad feeling, walk away. Backyard breeders will sell you puppies that aren’t healthy or socialized. It’s important not to support these businesses, as that’s how they’re able to create more dogs who are unsocialized and unhealthy.
You may also be able to find a shelter or rescue dog. These dogs get very big, which means they’re more likely to be abandoned and/or rehomed than other purebred dogs. Breed-specific rescues due tend to have high standards for owners, however.
From a breeder, the average cost of this dog is around $1300. Of course, if you do manage to adopt one, the cost will be significantly lower.
These dogs were bred as livestock guardians. That means that they can be reserved with strangers and may get protective and even aggressive without proper socialization. If you get one of these dogs, be sure you have time to put the work in. Positive meetings with strangers when they’re young will help a lot.
Despite that, they love their families and will be very gentle with them. They can even be great with kids. They do, however, have an independent streak. That means you should be prepared with lots of patience when training. As with any dog, use positive reinforcement to encourage them to do what you want, as another method may make them fearful and encourage that aggression they can sometimes have. Bleu…
Kuvasz Puppies Veterinary Needs
The Kuvasz can suffer from some genetic diseases such as hip dysplasia. To prevent this, you should make sure the parents are health-tested if you buy from a breeder. This will at least ensure it doesn’t run in their line. You should also take them to the vet if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Otherwise, you can expect the same needs as any other dog!
First thing’s first: get them their puppy shots. This is a series of three or four that protects them from parvovirus, distemper, etc. Keep them away from other dogs and places others dogs have walked until they have them, as they can be picked up off the ground. At the end, they can get their rabies shot.
It’s the age-old question, at least for dog owners: raw fed, or kibble?
Kibble is, undeniably, the convenient option. Although some will say it’s also the worse one, kibble can be perfectly healthy if you pick a good brand. It’s true that many kibbles are full of more fillers than nutrients, and this can be detrimental over time. However, if you do your research and ask your vet’s advice, you’ll find that your dog can thrive on this food. Just make sure to give them treats on occasion to mix it up!
Raw food is also fine, but you should ask the advice of an expert or have a dog nutritionist prepare the meals. Many subscription services will do this. It’s expensive, but it’s important to ensure you meet the complex dietary needs of your omnivore.
These dogs will shed heavily during certain seasons. They usually need a weekly brush but, during their shedding seasons, will need even more. Make sure you keep up with this, or they could get matted. This is usually very painful for the dog!
Make sure you clean their ears and teeth regularly too.
The main last thing you need to remember is nail care. Trim or file their nails often (how often depends on the dog, but usually every six to eight weeks). Some dogs hate this process, so just have patience and plenty of high-value treats on hand (cheese works great) and they’ll soon associate it with a positive experience.