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History of our Kuvasz - Our Kuvaszok's early days - The Molosser breeds

What is a Molosser dog breed? Is the Kuvasz a Molosser breed?

 An interesting mix of legend and real life are intertwined in their history, which adds to the mysticism surrounding these dogs and makes it harder to determine fact from fiction.

Generally speaking, dogs in the Molosser group are large, solidly built dogs...heavy boned with pendant shaped ears, a short muzzle and a muscular neck. 

An example of the dogs considered to be in this group include the bully breeds, mastiffs, Golden Retriever, Great Dane, Doberman Pinscher, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Chinese Shar-Pei, Norwegian Elkhound, Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Komondor, Bernese Mountain Dog, Newfoundland, Rottweiler, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Saint Bernard. This isn’t a complete list [namely the Kuvasz], but it gives you an idea of the variety of dog breeds in this legendary group. However, there is disagreement regarding some of the breeds included in the list.

The origin and purpose of the Molosser dog breeds:

Read the whole article here: the-molosser-dog-breeds

I'm copying part of the above quote here to emphasize the Kuvasz's purpose:

Dogs used in guarding flocks were white because it was easier for the shepherd to distinguish between a wolf and the dog. The white color made the dog blend in with the sheep, which was less intimidating to them, and gave him an advantage over predators that didn’t realize there was a dog protecting the flock.

The flock guarding dogs were lighter in weight because their job was to chase away intruders, like a thief, wolf or leopard, rather than fight them.



About the family of Livestock Guardian Dogs...

“To this day flocks are guarded in the hills of Asia, Europe and Africa by powerful, robust dogs that are neither clumsy nor pacific. Despite the distances that separate them these breeds have much in common, and the Kuvasz is a member of this extended sheepdog family.”

From: Dr. Tibor Buzády, Dogs of Hungary, trans. Bernard Adams, Budapest, Hungary: Nóra Kiadó, 2003, p. 90.