"No, I'm not getting out of the car. You can call me as much as you want." 😃 For Throwback Thursday, I'm re-sharing this post from 2 years ago. It's still adorable! Ann of Kuvasz Kennel A Vízimalom in Belgium shares this photo of young Buddy and the caption she wrote.
Our Kuvasz were one of the livestock guardian dog breeds that arose in Central Asia thousands of years ago. Accompanying the flocks to new pastures, they walked in these mountains throughout Eurasia.
3 month old Georgik (on the left) walks with the flock.
This article is about the sheep herders in Georgia who walk their sheep on the ancient traditional routes through the Caucasus Mountains, with their Livestock Guardian Dogs, the Georgian Shepherds. The puppy, Georgik, is featured in some of the photos as he grows into his heritage.
The caption says "Komondor dogs," but they look like today's Kuvasz. One of the three is an Abruzzi, a mastiff LGD from Italy. "Hegyekben" means "in the mountains." Dr. Buzády quotes a historic writer who uses the names Kom and Kuv interchangeably, as happened often years ago. So maybe the above drawing is of Kuvaszok.
"Mor Jokai wrote 150 years ago using the words Kuvasz and Komondor as synonymous." From: Dr. Tibor Buzády, Dogs of Hungary, trans. Bernard Adams, Budapest, Hungary: Nóra Kiadó, 2002.
Thanks to Andrea of Majna-menti Mákvirág Kuvasz Kennel in Germany for sharing this picture.
I love this description of temperament! This is from Dr. Buzády's book. "Mor Jokai wrote 150 years ago using the words Kuvasz and Komondor as synonymous: "'That the welcome might be more patriarchal, the big Komondors/Kuvasz of the house too passed among the guests licking their hands; and in this is something worthy of comment. The conduct of the dogs of the house is a powerful indication of the hospitality of the householder: where even the Komondor/Kuvasz licks the guest's hand and springs up in amicable fashion to clasp him round the neck, there he is seen gladly; "'but where the Komondor/Kuvasz lies in the doorway outside and growls at you when you approach, there prepare yourself for the question 'When will it please you to move on?'" From: Dr. Tibor Buzády, Dogs of Hungary, trans. Bernard Adams, Budapest, Hungary: Nóra Kiadó, 2002, p. 141-142.
The above photo is Ekaterina in Russia whose Kuvasz has sprung up in an amicable fashion to clasp her around the neck, as did Peter's Kuvasz in Germany.