The king of all working dogs native to Hungary!
Country of Origin: Hungary
Dog Group: Working dog breeds (AKC)
Origin of Name: The Komondor is descended from Tibetan dogs. Some think the Komondor was brought to Hungary a thousand years ago by nomadic Magyars to guard large herds of cattle and sheep. However, newer studies show it came from the Cumans. The name “Komondor” came from the name Koman-dor, meaning “dog of the Cumans.”
Monthly keeping cost
Tendency to Bark:
Life Span : 10 to 12 years
The Komondor, also known as the Hungarian Komondor, the Hungarian Sheepdog and the “Kom,” is indisputably the king of all working dogs native to Hungary. The Komondorok (plural) is a massive, visibly intimidating and heavily coated dog best known for his long, heavily-matted white coat. At first glance, the Komondor appears unkempt, but this is his natural coat condition. His unique coat helps him blend in with the flock. His name may derive from komondor kedvu, which means “somber,” “surly” or “angry.” Alternatively, it may come from the French word commandeur, which means “commander.”
The Komondor is believed to be descended from the Russian Owtcharka, another breed of sheepdog. Komondor had a special advantage in their job. With their white, corded coats, they closely resembled their flocks large sheep with white, curly wool and were able to mingle with them unseen by predators until it was too late.
As with many breeds, World War II left the Komondor on the brink of extinction. After the war, fanciers tried to return the breed to its original numbers, but it remained rare and largely unknown. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1937, but there were few Komondor outside Hungary until after 1962.
The Komondor ranks 144th in popularity among the 157 breeds and varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club. He still serves as a livestock guardian, but he's now known as a companion dog as well.
Visits to Groomer-Low
Tolerance to heat- Basks in it
Tolerance to cold- Loves snow
Under Coat- Yes
Coat Type- Soft, Thick, Woolly, a Layer of Rough, Rugged, Curly
Hair Length- Flowing
Hair Density- Dense
Komondor are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they can be subject to certain health conditions. Not all Komondor will get any or all of these diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed.
Chronic Otitis Externa
Progressive Neuronal Abiotrophy (PNA)
Komondors are very protective of family, home, and possessions. The Komondor's temperament is like that of most livestock guarding dogs. They are normally calm and steady, but they will defend their herd fearlessly in times of trouble. Komondors are extremely affectionate with family and friends, and they are gentle with the children.
Training & Intelligence
Obedience training is a must for the Komondor due to its size, power, and speed.They're intelligent, independent, and fiercely protective, willing to rise to the challenge of defending home and family. The Komondor is happiest when he's working. He's ideal for guarding livestock, but any job will give him the mental exercise he needs. Komondor are wary of strangers and can be aggressive to other dogs. Socialization is also extremely important.
Litter Size- 6 to 12 puppies (approximately)
Complication in Breeding- No
Komondors are generally healthy breed , living on average about 10 to 12 years. Generally a dog takes around 18 months to reach his or her full height and structure. It is advisable to breed your dogs after at least two years of age. If you are a first timer at breeding then taking a vets help.
Affectionate with Family
Easy to train
Regular grooming required