THE FRIEND OF MY MASTER IS MY
FRIEND. HIS ENEMY IS MY ENEMY.
(A Kuvasz precept)
Hello, my name
is Gregory Barrett, and I am a Kuvasz lover and creator of this information
site. I have been involved with Kuvaszok for a few years as a pet owner, and
decided to provide information to those interested in the breed.
The extraordinary beauty and regal bearing of these
dogs bewitched me. Unfortunately, I was naive and uninformed about Kuvasz
and the dog business when I first became involved with the breed.
I had to put Tyra to sleep at fifteen months of age.
She was my first dog and the love of my life. My beautiful pup had hip dysplasia
and severe patella (knee) problems. Surgery and fifteen miserable weeks of
confinement couldn't save her. Imagine how you would feel losing your Tyra.
My sweet Amiga tried to console me after our friend
Tyra was gone. A few months later she was diagnosed as having an extra vertebra
in her spine and fluid on both knees. When the local veterinary experts
advised me that she should only be leash exercised from that point on, (at
seven months of age) I did what I thought was best for her, but made the biggest
mistake of my life... I returned her.
has a snow white coat and weighs about seventy-five pounds. There is a red
spot in the corner of her right eye. Thanks to my socialization and care she
was very friendly with people and animals.
Utilize the information found in the documents entitled
QUESTIONS FOR BREEDERS and KUVASZ AS PETS, as well as everything else found
at this site. Hopefully you will have pleasant experiences should you decide
to bring a Kuvasz or any dog into your life.
Due to my sad encounters and because of my love for
these beautiful dogs, I try to find homes for Kuvasz in need. To date I have
facilitated the rescue of several Kuvasz in Canada. I have had to manage
these undertakings by myself.
One of my goals is to prevent rescue situations by providing
people with information and as much help as I can, so they can be sure that
a Kuvasz is the right choice for them. This is as much for the sake of the
dog as the prospective buyer. I would rather not ever have to try and find
a new home for another orphan, regardless the reason.
Kuvasz are large, formidable, guardian oriented dogs.
They absolutely must have early, continual, and lifelong EXTENSIVE SOCIALIZATION.
To some people that is hard work. Personally I have always enjoyed the process,
but I will concede it is extremely time consuming. If because
of family, work, or other commitments, you cannot perform this MANDATORY
task, I respectfully suggest you select one of the more naturally people-friendly
You are likely aware there is very little information
available about this breed. Another unfortunate side effect of Kuvasz rareness
on this continent is the lack of specific professional help. Veterinarians,
dog trainers, show judges, and people in canine related fields are often
not familiar with these dogs. Those acquainted with the breed who have only
seen delinquents, are sometimes unnecessarily critical of all Kuvasz
as a result and not supportive of owners.
If at all possible
go to see a Kuvasz in a setting similar to the one where you live.
I encourage you to take your time and do conscientious
research if you are considering one of these guardians as a companion. You
must be especially careful to choose an ethical and competent breeder, so
you will have a partner, lifelong reference source, and maybe even a friend.