Kuvasz vs. Other LGD Breeds

As evident from what I just described, the Kuvasz is an ancient breed of LGD, which is a natural breed that has undergone thousands of years of natural selection. For most of its history the Kuvasz was a landrace and the only criteria that mattered was its survivability and working ability. This is very different from modern fashion or purposely breed breeds where looks and esthetics are prioritized. 

 

The Kuvasz is smaller than some of the other LGD breeds, but it makes up for it by being a lot more athletic, much quicker, more agile and having more endurance. As a result, Kuvasz tend to want to patrol a larger area of their territory more actively than some of the other white LGDs (i.e. Great Pyrenees, Maremma, Polish Tarta). Kuvasz are usually on the prowl and looking for any sign of trouble, and in many respects, they are “proactive” vs. not just “reactive”. Usually when they do notice something, they are immediately on it. Whereas some LGDs will bark, posture and make their presence known to predators; Kuvaszok, if need be, are also very willing to directly confront and engage predators. 

 

People often underestimate the importance of this “willingness to engage”, especially as it relates to coyotes. Coyotes are extremely clever, intelligent and adaptable predators. They often watch a farm carefully and try and develop the best possible strategy for picking off livestock. They will quickly figure out the patters and routines of a farm and will also test the dogs. If the LGDs are only barking and posturing and never engaging or really threatening the coyotes, they will quickly figure out that their lives are not really in any danger if they try and take livestock. Whereas, if the coyotes are aggressively confronted, and maybe the dogs eliminate a few of them, they will quickly learn that this is not a farm to mess with, as they will lose their lives trying to get a meal. 

 

I’ll give you a real-life example as told by a farmer. The farmer had a good working female LGD and had no issued with coyotes for a long time. They said they haven’t even seen coyotes around the property for quite some time. However, the female dog was bred and when she gave birth in the barn and was not out in the field, the coyotes took some livestock the very night. What this illustrates is that the coyotes are continuously observing the farm and the livestock, even when people think they are no longer around. Furthermore, this case also demonstrates the importance of having enough dogs on a farm and not relying on a single LGD. 

Hungarikum Azt a Mindenit "Abby" tending to her herd of goats.

Coyote killed by Kuvaszok near a sheep paddock.

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