Breeding Philosophy

  • The main goal of my breeding program is to try and preserve (and to some extent re-create) the Kuvasz as a premier old-world livestock guardian dog (LGD) breed. 

  • My primary focus is not on showing and putting titles on my dogs; rather, trying to place most of my puppies into working homes. This is not to say I won’t occasionally attend shows to showcase my breeding stock and illustrate the versatility of the breed.  

  • As a result, I ONLY own and breed imported Hungarian and Serbian bloodline Kuvaszok because they exemplify more correct type and temperament and based on my personal experience and extensive research, are generally hardier and healthier than most North American lines. 

  • I am committed to breeding for “correct“ and “old-world” heritage type Kuvasz in accordance with the Hungarian/FCI standard (not the same as AKC standard), which calls for a larger sized, strong boned, wider headed Kuvasz with a strong jaw and dentition as well as a structurally sound and athletic dog that is agile and has plenty of stamina – all necessary features of an effective LGD. 

  • Therefore, I believe that Form = Function and that each part of the standard is designed to serve a practical purpose. 

  • Each one of my breedings is carefully planned following lots of research and consideration, as I strive to improve my breeding stock with each passing generation. Other words, I do not breed just for the sake of breeding and filling a waiting list. 

  • I believe a Kuvasz should have a very well-balanced and stable temperament and have the ability to think independently and demonstrate a strong sense of situational awareness. Moreover, they should have a strong territorial and guardian instinct, but also be polite and accepting of strangers in the presence of their owner or once told the person is “okay”.  

  • All of my Kuvaszok are thoroughly health tested and certified (i.e. OFA); however, I take great pride in ensuring I breed very hardy and healthy bloodlines beyond proof that is provided based on paper certificates. 

  • Breeding is a much more complex undertaking than one might initially think. In many respects, it is an art that takes many years to master. Thus, it is a continuous learning process and balancing act between genetics, biology, canine anatomy, breed type, pedigree research, record keeping, etc. I believe no detail is too small or too insignificant that it should be overlooked (i.e. making sure each nail on a Kuvasz is black). 

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