Other Names : Komondorok (plural), Hungarian Sheepdog, Hungarian Komondor, Mop Dog
Origin : Hungary
Size Type : Large Dog Breed
Breed Group : Working dog breeds
Life span : 10-12 years
Litter Size : 3-10 puppies
Temperament : Brave, Loyal, Unique
Height : 23" - 28"
Weight : 80-100 pounds
Colors : White
Puppy Price : $500-$2000
You may be surprised to find a body under all that fur, but trust me it's their and in large size.
The Komondor is characterized by imposing strength, dignity, courageous demeanor, and pleasing conformation. He is a large, muscular dog with plenty of bone and substance, covered with an unusual, heavy coat of white cords. The working Komondor lives during the greater part of the year in the open, and his coat serves to help him blend in with his flock and to protect him from extremes of weather and beasts of prey.
The head is large. and hardly visible with the long coat draped over. They have a medium sized muzzle, with medium sized eyes. The skin around these parts is dark.
The body is powerful and strong. Deep chest, and proportionately wide. The breast is broad and muscular. Belly is slightly drawn up.
Shoulders are laid back. Forelegs are straight, muscular and well-boned carried close to the body.
The stout bone structure is covered with highly developed muscles. Stifles are well bent. As a whole the Hindquarters are strong and help keep the Komondor agile and powerful.
The coat of the Komondor is unique and one of the strangest in the K9 world. The coat goes through extraordinary changes from puppy hood to adult hood. The puppy coat is fairly soft, but tends to fall into curls as their cords are formed.
They grow heavy as he gets older and matures. Developing into long and thick strands that resemble that of a mop. The maturing coat fades to white with age from their original cream or buff shadings. The mature coat which starts to form from 8 to 12 months of age is made up of a dense, and woolly undercoat that resembles that from the puppy coat. with a more rough wavy or curly outer coat. When the dog is full grown they are covered in these dread like cords, which are formed naturally. Coats length and thickness increases with age. They are fully grown around age 2.
The Komondor doesn't need the conventional brushing, yet it still needs plenty of maintenance. It's important to keep this coat clean and especially dry. A wet coat can be a place for mold and other gut twisting smells.
The cords must be kept separate to prevent matting and to easily manage dirt and debris. Many owners trim around the mouth and eyes to keep the mouth clean and improve visibility. Many owners trim the coat for easy maintenance, but it takes away the uniquest of this breed.
Start this coat grooming early and do it frequently to get your newborn pup accustomed to being bathed and cleaned.
Good with Kids :83 %
Cat Friendly : 66 %
Dog Friendly : 33 %
Trainability : 83 %
Shedding : 16 %
Watchdog : 100 %
Intelligence : 83 %
Grooming : 100 %
Popularity : 33 %
Adaptability : 50 %
Hypoallergenic : No
If you've ever seen a Komondor you'd defiantly notice their unique coat. They almost look like a big mop rather than a dog. This Hungarian breed was bred to protect flocks of sheep and other livestock. He makes an excellent guard dog, and quite an attention grabber for everyone else they encounter.
The Komondor is an excellent guard dog, that's been protecting flocks for multiple generations. His instinct is to protect the family at all costs. This great guarding behavior can be a true asset as well as a big liability. The Komondor will stand up for you at all costs, no matter who it is.
His ability to get along with other dogs may never evolve. A Komondor does best in a single dog family. They have trouble getting along with other dogs. While at the same time they are a great dog with cats, and various livestock. They will guard you and your pets like one of their own.
The coolest and most time consuming feature of this breed is the coat. Komondors coat is formed into cords similar to dread locks. These cords don't need to be brushed just can take extra time to keep clean and looking healthy. Their cords can be a home for parasites and bugs and a whole lot of dirt if not well managed. Many owners keep their hair cut short to avoid this added job. Don't let this big furry coat scare you from getting a Komondor, it's easier to maintain than the first thought may seem.
Coming down to it all the Komondor is a working breed and has the ability to do some amazing things. They are an Independent spirit that can sometimes be a pain to train to an inexperienced owner. The Komondor does amazing things in the right hands and can be an extra boost to any rural or farm working setting.
Komondors start out as a cream or buff shade and always fades to a snow white color. These color was used to help make the Komondor blend in with the sheep and other livestock they would protect.
The Komondor was a working breed and has been bred to be in top physical shape, resulting is a breed without many health problems. Make sure to research your breed and see other references before making the decision of bringing any puppy home.
Physically this breed isn't hard to keep happy. A few daily walks and a romp through the yard are enough for this breed to be sufficiently exercised. The challenge to this breed is keeping them mentally fit, they are extremely smart and get easily bored. You better be ready to invest a lot of time in this breed. Mental stimulation is essential to ensuring a happy dog that is well managed and behaved.
This breed can be a bit difficult to train and isn't for any timid or first time dog owners. It takes a firm and experienced dog owner to train the Komondor to behave. Proper training will make this breed an excellent member to any rural setting and a great farm hand.
Originating in Hungry this breed almost eliminated the wolf from Hungry and has been an iconic hunting dog for hundreds of years.
Over 3,000 years ago the ancient Babylonian King Hammurabi mentioned this breed in the code of Hammurabi, a series of laws that dictated everyday life. Other writings have dated back to the 16th century, where they were known to guard herds in his native country of Hungary.
Their specially designed coat helped them stay hidden in their flocks. He was able to kill of the predators that tried to kill the flocks of sheep.
This breed is fairly unknown and almost went extinct during World War II. After the war, breeders tried to bring back the original numbers. They've been brought back, but still lack in numbers and popularity.
Today the Komondor still serves as a livestock guarding, as well as a companion dog.