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Old Oct 2, 2009, 7:56 PM   #1
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He's on guard and and at the beach - And he means business.




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Old Oct 2, 2009, 8:05 PM   #2
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Beautiful dog! I love the kuvasz. Good Hungarian breed!
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Beautiful dog! I love the kuvasz. Good Hungarian breed!
One of the little noted atrocities of WWII, was that as the Germans were retreating from Hungary in 1945, they gave orders to kill every Kuvasz on sight. This was because the soldiers would stop at a farm and steal a chicken or a sheep, and the Kuvasz would kill them. At the end of the war, there were only 17 Kuvasz left in all of Hungary.

Today, the country which has the most Kuvasz, is Germany. Chato, has been well socialised, and to please me, actually greets the few people we meet at these little known beaches. He's actually checking them out to see if they are a "threat," but uses this routine to escape the "Bad dog, no growling, bad dog," verbal criticism - Sort of a twofer for him.

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One of the little noted atrocities of WWII, was that as the Germans were retreating from Hungary in 1945, they gave orders to kill every Kuvasz on sight. This was because the soldiers would stop at a farm and steal a chicken or a sheep, and the Kuvasz would kill them. At the end of the war, there were only 17 Kuvasz left in all of Hungary.

Today, the country which has the most Kuvasz, is Germany. Chato, has been well socialised, and to please me, actually greets the few people we meet at these little known beaches. He's actually checking them out to see if they are a "threat," but uses this routine to escape the "Bad dog, no growling, bad dog," verbal criticism - Sort of a twofer for him.

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I had an uncle (I think - I was really young) that came to this country after the war. They called them, "DPs" (Displaced Persons). My first introduction to the Kuvasz was through him. My dad always wanted one but, at the time, could never seem to locate one (at least for the price he was willing to pay). He, too, said they were the best damned dog in the world for keeping your family safe. Supposedly, Kuvasz means "guard" or "sentry" in Hungarian. I don't speak enough of it to know. S'pose I could Google it, eh?
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I had an uncle (I think - I was really young) that came to this country after the war. They called them, "DPs" (Displaced Persons). My first introduction to the Kuvasz was through him. My dad always wanted one but, at the time, could never seem to locate one (at least for the price he was willing to pay). He, too, said they were the best damned dog in the world for keeping your family safe. Supposedly, Kuvasz means "guard" or "sentry" in Hungarian. I don't speak enough of it to know. S'pose I could Google it, eh?
"Guard," would be acceptable. Apparently it's not a Hungarian, but a Turkish word, brought into the language. You'll get a different answer on every site you go to...

They are a rare breed of dog, only 2000 in all of the United States. They are difficult to train, following their own minds - Or as I put it, "A Kuvasz always wants to do the right thing, and whatever a Kuvasz wants to do is the right thing."

Very loyal, to anyone he decides is a friend or a part of his flock. He will protect anyone from my block. They are not a popular breed because few have the knowledge or the patience to deal with this independance, which can be quite dangerous if the dog decides your a "threat."

Chato will no longer go after someone just because he regards them (99 percent of the time correctly) as a threat. He simply keeps his eye on the passing human predators.

His memory is astounding. He loves my Brother whom he only sees once a year, and loved my Brothers wife even more - But he hadn't seen her in eight years. The two of them just came up for a visit, and he instantly remembered her and their relationship.

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And not for the first time dog owner.





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