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Kuvasz and Children

A defining characteristic of a proper LGD is that it instinctively recognizes, tolerates and protects the weak and vulnerable, and this is especially true when it comes to children. Kuvaszok love children and will readily play and have incredible patience with them, tolerating their mischievous behaviour. Any Kuvasz that would hurt a child in my opinion is not mentally stable. I know some breeders and owners who try to find excuses for such unacceptable behaviour (i.e. not socialized with children etc.). Frankly, I don't care for any such excuses and I would not have a dog like that at my house or as part of my breeding program.   

Of course a child needs to be supervised with such big dogs and also taught how to treat and respect dogs, but children are children and I don't want to think about what will happen if I look away for a split second and the child happens to pull the dog's ear or reaches in its mouth at the moment I'm distracted. I prefer to have reliable and mentally stable dogs with which I don't have to think about such scenarios. Moreover, it should not be correlated that if a dog is of a softer temperament, more mellow or has lesser guardian instincts that it will automativally be better with children. First of all, I don't agree with such labels or categorizations as a "soft" vs. "sharp" Kuvasz. Rather, I think we should think along the lines of what or ought to be "correct" or "acceptable" Kuvasz temperament vs. what is outside of the scope or parameters of acceptable Kuvasz behaviour. Thus, even my most formidable or territorial guardians that would readily confront and deal with any intruder are 100% reliable with my sons. 

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