Etymologists believe the Kuvasz word is of Sumerian origin and means "dog of horses." Interestingly, an old Turkish word, "küvaz," means "proud" while the modern Turkish word "kavas" means "guard" or "doorkeeper."
The Kuvasz is a large dog with a white, coarse, odorless, double layered coat, a black nose, and almond-shaped eyes. Its main characteristic is a white coat. The average weight is 90–115 pounds (40–50 kg) and height is 26–30 in (65–75 cm). Its body is slightly longer than it is tall.
The fundamental characteristic of the Kuvasz is that they dislike strangers. Intelligent and slightly aloof, they are strictly working dogs with the ability to think independently when action is required. Even with strict training, it is almost impossible to make them stay quiet as they are very vocal when signaling any unusual activity around the house.
Like any other working dog, Kuvasz are happiest in an open environment where they have property to guard and protect.