Best known for their exceptional livestock guarding abilities, the courageous and noble Kuvasz originally comes from Tibet but was developed in Hungary to be a guardian and companion to nobles. For several centuries they were owned solely by royalty in Hungary and other European empires until they eventually became available to the lower class, who found them to be apt herders and protectors of livestock. These large, agile working dogs are appreciated for their ability to work quite autonomously and to cover long distances over harsh terrain for extended periods of time. As family dogs, they are loyal and protective, but tend to be reserved and polite around strangers. They require daily exercise to keep them happy and healthy and their double coats benefit from frequent brushing and occasional bathing.