Pet Profile: The Steady Komondor

Komondors | Jakab Flora

The Komondor was originally brought to Hungary by nomads to guard their sheep and is still used for that purpose today.  The earliest account of this breed is from the 16th century. The dog is said to be related to some Russian breeds and is a descendent of Tibetan dogs.

The Komondor is still used to protect flocks in his native country. The dog lives outdoors for most of his life and his genetic evolution of physical characteristics has presented the heavy coat for his protection. The Komondor is used as a guard dog in the United States. These dogs are wonderful watchdogs but can require very specialized environment for their optimum growth and enjoyment.

The Komondor is a very large dog with an amazingly beautiful white coat that hangs majestically to the ground in cords. The dog makes an impressive show dog because of its size and the magnificent physical features.

The corded white coat acts as camouflage for the dog when he is acting as a guardian for the unprotected sheep in his care. The coat also protects him from the claws and teeth of attackers. The world took notice of this breed around 1920 when it was first presented in dog shows.

Characteristics of the Komondor include a huge frame and imposing strength. The Komondor can weigh up to 125 lbs and have a height of up to 27 inches. The females of this breed weigh on an average of 70-85 lbs.

This dog would not be appropriate for apartment living. Because of the size of this breed, the Komondor is more suitable for owners who have large backyards. Country living is preferred for this huge animal.

The Komondor is beautiful and enjoys family life, but is not for the faint of heart. This breed requires specialized care for its coat and extensive training. This breed survives best in colder climates.

Puppy obedience classes are necessary for the Komondor. You will need to get this dog to learn to obey you before it weighs as much as you do. Puppy classes are also necessary for early socialization of this breed. These dogs tend to be overprotective if they aren’t properly socialized.

Like many other working dogs, the breed also tends to be very independent and early training helps create a partnership that your dog will respect.

Grooming this massive dog is a daily requirement, especially if you want to maintain the magnificence of the corded coat. Their hair must never be brushed or combed. The coat has to be divided into cords and trimmed. This dog needs a lot of bathing and the coat takes a long time to dry. It sheds very little, if at all.

Potential health problems of the Komondor can include hip dysplasia, bloat and skin problems.

The Komondor makes a good, loyal family pet. The ideal family will live in a colder climate with acreage. Owning a dog like the Komondor requires patience and some specialized skills to control the independent nature of the dog. Also, to maintain and groom the dog effectively requires some time.

When the right environment, family and dog are combined, a wonderful connection will take place. This dog will bring years of protection and companionship to its lucky family.

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