The Komondor Dog, also referred to as the Hungarian Sheepdog, is a breed of massive, muscular dog that originated in Hungary. It belongs to the working breed family which is noteworthy for their excellence at performing jobs such as guarding property, sled-pulling, and or water-rescuing. Komondorok (plural version of Komondor) have been bred to become reliable livestock guardian dogs. Their thick corded coat is white in color, and serves as a camouflage; blending well with sheep thereby protecting them from potential attackers.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the Komondor breed normally stand a height of not less than 25 ½ in at the withers. Dogs tend to weigh about 125 lbs, while bitches weigh 10% less.
Komondorok, in general, can become excellent family companions if their owners are capable of displaying natural, firm authority over them. Early socialization and extensive training are highly necessary to help the breed get easily accustomed with people and other household pets. The breed, however, is not recommended for all families. Komondorok are serious working flock guard dogs that have been bred to become fiercely protective at the same time confident as they keenly watch over their charges. They are fearless against bears and wolves that tend to attack the flock they are guarding. Because Komondorok has been developed to work independently, they have the propensity to become highly dominant. Unsurprisingly, Komondor dogs need firm yet calm owners who can be clear and consistent with their leadership approach. These working dogs are smart, loyal, and very respectful toward their master, though can get easily get bored and extremely fierce against threats.
Komondorok are quite difficult to groom. Their coat cords are very heavy, and shall never be brushed as it could only result to a mass of fuzzy hair. Handlers are advised to leave these cords in place even at the time when the breed has been bathed. It takes quite a number of hours to blow-dry these thick cords. Drying them naturally will take a couple of days or more. The bottom cords may be trimmed to keep Komondor Dogs appear neat. Paw claws may also be trimmed.
Komondorok are generally a hardy breed. But like any other canine, they are also prone to a few health issues. These include skin allergies, ear infections, bloat, hip dysplasia, cataracts, and entropion. The breed has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
Members of the Komondor breed typically require a great deal of exercise. They tend to sleep during daytime and stand guard to watch for danger at night. Because of their large size, the breed rarely thrives well in apartment-living. Access to a spacious yard is ideal for them. Additionally, some members of the line are better suited as working dogs instead of family companions. Because of the breed’s thick, corded coat, they prefer to sleep outdoors.