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The Komondor is a large Hungarian livestock
guarding dog. They have a most unusual long,
thick and corded white coat which protects
not only against the elements but against
predators as well. The Komondor is an ancient
breed from Hungary dating back many centuries
and thought to be related to the South Russian
Owtcharka. However, as with many other breeds,
its history before arriving in Hungary is
not known for certain.
Komondorok are gentle, affectionate and calm,
however, if a threatening situation arises,
he will become fiercely protective as this
breed has a natural guardian instinct. The
Komondor was primarily used for guarding livestock
WWII took its toll on the Komondor population.
Their numbers dwindled in Europe and since
there was no contact between the United States
and Hungary during this time, importing and
breeding practically came to a standstill.
It wasn't until the early 1960s that importation
resumed and the Komondor breed was eventually
The American Kennel Club recognized the Komondor
as a breed in 1937. In 1967, the Komondor
Club of America (KCA) was organized. The KCA
is the National Club and responsible for preserving
the breed in the United States.
The height for a Komondor dog is 27½
inches (70cm) and up and for females 25½
inches (65cm) and up.
Weight: Komondor dogs can weigh 100
pounds (45kg) plus and females 80 pounds (36kg)
Coat Type: The Komondorok coat is dense,
cord-like, shaggy, long and protective against
elements and predators. Coarse outercoat with
a soft, wooly undercoat. The natural cord-like
coat should never be brushed or combed. The
Komondor breed sheds very little.
The color of coat of the Komondor is white
Komondorok are loyal and devoted. They make
a great family pet, they're affectionate and
very gentle with children (who have been there
from the very start). The Komondor is generally
calm, but if he senses trouble, he will immediately
go into a protective mode. Training as well
as socialization starting from an early age
are an absolute must in order to avoid aggressiveness.
Training must firm, consistent and most importantly
done in a positive, upbeat manner - never
harsh. the Komondor responds best to praise
and must always view his owner as the leader
or the one in charge. These dogs are alert,
wary of strangers and considered a natural
guard dog. The Komondor is not meant for city
or apartment life, but can adjust if necessary.
They don't require a lot of exercise, however,
daily walks are suggested.
Health Problems: The Komondor is a
a healthy breed. Some health issues to note:
hip dysplasia, entropian (eye disorder), juvenile
cataracts and bloat. The average life span
of a Komondor is between 10 - 12 years.
• The Komondorok
coat of cord-like tassels takes about two
years to form.
• Many Komondorok
do not fully mature until three years of age.
• The Komondor was recognized as
a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1937.
• The Komondor is used is mainly
used as a guardian of livestock and not so
often as a herder.
• The plural of Komondor is
AKC: Working Group
ANKC: Group 5 - Working Dogs
CKC: Group 3 - Working Dogs
FCI: Group 1 - Section 1: Sheepdogs