Kuvasz & Kids
Kuvasz who have had experience with children are extremely gentle and considerate. As with any dog, it would be unfair to expect a Kuvasz who has not been around children to suddenly understand these "Little People"; who act differently and often move quickly and unexpectedly. It is essential that the children do not abuse or torment the dog. "Teasing" is not OK. This is not a breed for children who do not treat animals with kindness and compassion.
It may be misleading when "children" are generalized. Kuvasz may be fine with "their" children, but need to be closely supervised with "other" children. They will protect "their" children from others, ALL OTHERS. And may well take on smaller children as "theirs" almost upon meeting them. But the screams of delight of active children hard at play could be misunderstood by the dog as a reaction to threat or danger. This is especially true of a younger or inexperienced dog. It is best to put the dog in another room or outside away from the children during that kind of play time.
Fiction and folklore tell us to anticipate the perfect picture of dog protecting child. The Kuvasz is, above all, a protector. But confusion for the dog can occur depending on the circumstances. The damage that could take place is not worth the perfect image, for either dog or child. For this reason, with ANY dog, infants and toddlers must ALWAYS be closely supervised.
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