To the untrained

eye, the Kuvasz

looks like the

Great Pyrenee.

Indeed, for a

while, it was

common to

breed the two

types of dog

together. The

extreme rarity

of the Kuvasz

made it difficult

to find suitable

breeding pairs.

Unfortunately,

this practice

led to the dilution

of the dog's

gene pool.

As a result,

the American

Kennel Club

recognizes a

breed standard

that matches

the description

of the mixed

"Pyrvasz."

The true

Kuvasz is

much sleeker

and narrower

of frame than

the boxy,

squarish

Pyrenee.

Most distinct

is the triangular

head shape of

the properly

bred Kuvasz.

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