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Komondor

Formidable and powerful flock guard with a dense corded coat


BREED ORIGINS

Although the origin of the Komondor is not well documented, it is believed that his ancestors descended from ancient Eurasian Ovcharka-type dogs that were brought to Hungary by the nomadic Cuman people. Their estimated arrival into Hungary is believed to be between the 1100’s–1200’s. While the etymology of the name is not for certain, it is believed to be a corruption of Koman dor, or “Cuman dog.” There, they accompanied shepherds, working closely with and protecting their herds from such predators as wolves and Eurasian brown bears. The first historical mention of the dogs was in the mid-sixteenth century in Peter Kakonyi’s History of King Astyages. The breed reached a critical low after WWII, but it has slowly made a comeback, and is now considered a dog show staple.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Hungarian Komondor, Mop Dog, Hungarian Sheepdog


LIVING WITH THIS BREED

The Komondor is a great family dog if they have an owner who displays a firm authority over the dog – the human must be the pack leader. Their temperament is like that of all livestock guarding dogs: calm and steady when things are normal. In cases of trouble, the dog will leap to defend its charges. It was bred to think for itself and is unusually intelligent. It is extremely affectionate with its family and friends and gentle with the children of the family. Although wary of strangers, it will nonetheless accept them when it is clear that no harm is meant. It is very protective of its family, home and possessions. It will instinctively guard them without any training. Once a new member has been introduced into the family or flock, the Komondor will never forget them. A Komondor has keen instincts and can sense the intentions of anyone in its presence. Should it decide its flock, territory, family, or master needs protection, it will not hesitate to spring into action, defending it charges fearlessly and with suddenness which take the intruder by surprise. An athletic dog, the Komondor has great speed and power and will leap toward a predator to drive it away or to knock it down. Because of the Komondor’s size, power, and speed, its owner must have it under control. Obedience training is a must, preferably starting at an early age. They are intelligent and take well to training if started early. Komondorock become obstinate when bored, so it is imperative that training sessions be upbeat and happy. Praise is a must, as are consistent and humane corrections. Socialisation is also extremely important. The Komondor should be exposed to new situations, people and other dogs as a puppy.


BREED INFORMATION

This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources

COUNTRY OF ORIGINHungary
PURPOSE BRED FORFlock Guardian
OVERALL SIZELarge
TEMPERAMENTFaithful, Devoted, Courageous
EXERCISE NEEDED1 hour per day
HEIGHT – MALE65-80 cm / 25.5-31.5 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE60-70 cm / 23.5-27.5 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPELong, Coarse, Corded
GROOMING NEEDSTwice a week
RARE BREEDYes
LIFE EXPECTANCY10-12 years

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The plural of Komondor is Komondorok.
  • These dogs can live in a town environment but are much more suited to the country especially a large garden and high fences.
  • When they are not working (as in being a flock guardian), they can become lazy and will sleep for hours on end. They need to be taken for a daily brisk walk to keep them fit and healthy.
  • The unique coat should never be brushed or combed. To keep it clean it needs to be divided into cords and trimmed. Going over the coat to remove debris and check for parasites such as ticks or fleas is important.
  • Their coat has a purpose, it helps them to blend in with the sheep, and it protects the dog should they need to fight to protect their flock.

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PHOTO GALLERY

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VIDEOS

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WEBSITES ABOUT THE KOMONDOR

Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to this breed, please click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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