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(pl. kuvaszok) (ko͝ov`äs, ko͞o`väs), breed of powerful working dogworking dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs raised by humans to herd cattle and sheep, as draft animals, as message dispatchers in wartime, in police and rescue work, as guardians of persons and property, or as guides (see guide dog) for the
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 perfected in Hungary over many centuries. The kuvasz may stand as high as 30 in. (76 cm) at the shoulder and weigh up to 120 lb (54 kg). Its double coat of fine underhairs and thick, medium-length, straight or slightly wavy outercoat is pure white in color. Although both the Tibet region of China and Turkey have been cited as the original home of the kuvasz, recently assimilated evidence seems to support the contention that it was one of the sheepherding dogs used in Mesopotamia more than 7,000 years ago. Whatever its origins, its history in Hungary is well attested to, as is its service there, for a period of hundreds of years, as a guard, shepherd, and hunting dog. Today it is also raised for show competition and as a pet. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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an ancient breed of Hungarian sheep dog of Asian origin. It is similar in appearance to European sheep dogs, such as the Great Pyrenees, Abruzzi, and the Yugoslav and Slovak shepherds. The male’s height at the shoulder reaches 75 cm. The fur is thick and up to 4-6 cm in length (longer on the ears and tail); it is white. The Kuvasz is a strong, vicious, and distrustful dog, but the behavioral type has been balanced. In the Middle Ages the Kuvasz was used in hunting large hoofed and predatory animals. The modern Kuvasz is used in Hungary for protecting flocks of sheep and herds of cattle. It is raised by amateur dog breeders in many countries of Europe and America.

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