Brave, athletic and majestic, the Komondor is a strong, unusual looking dog breed. Thanks to its unique, long corded coat, the Komondor is one of the most unusual looking dog breeds and it can’t be mistaken for any other breed. This dog breed is large and strong, with a dominant personality, making this breed unsuitable for first time dog owners.
The Komondor, which is also known as the Hungarian Komondor or the Hungarian Sheepdog, originated in Hungary. They were bred to guard cattle and other livestock from bears, wolves and other predators. They were bred to be independent protectors of their flock, without much direction from their master.
The Komondor is a large dog breed, which is very strong. The average male Komondor measures 80 centimetres in height and weighs 60 to 70 kilograms. The average female Komondor measures 70 centimetres in height and weighs 40 to 50 kilograms. Despite its large size, the Komondor is a very athletic dog, which is able to leap through the air with grace. The Komondor is able to leap at attackers and intruders, and hold them down until their master returns.
The Komondor has the heaviest coat of any dog breed. When the Komondor is a puppy it has soft, fluffy white fur. As the dog matures, it’s fur begins to curl and its soft undercoat combines with the rougher outer coat to create cords. These cords form naturally, but they do need to be manually separated as they grow, to prevent matting and help their formation. This thick coat was designed to protect the Komondor from bites from wolves and bears, and almost acts as armour for the dog.
Strong and independent, the Komondor has a strong guardian instinct. It is a very protective breed, which is protective over those in its household and wary of strangers. This breed is very affectionate and loyal to its family, and generally has a calm disposition. While they are generally a calm breed, if they feel that there is trouble, they will fiercely protect their family. If properly trained and socialized, the Komondor will accept strangers when they realize that no trouble or harm is going to occur. Due to its past as a guard dog, the Komondor has a dominant and independent personality, and may make decisions on its own. Like all dogs, the Komondor needs plenty of human interaction, exercise and socialization to become a well-adjusted dog.
The Komondor has been primarily used as a guard dog. They guard livestock well, and due to their coat, they are able to blend in with flocks of sheep well. Their independent and dominant nature makes them ideal guard dogs. Now, they are also popular pets.
The Komondor is a working dog breed, so if it’s being kept as a pet, and not as a working dog, it will need plenty of exercise and physical stimulation. The Komondor should be taken for long walks daily.
As the Komondor has such as strong, dominant and independent personality, it needs obedience training from a young age. They need firm and positive training, so that they don’t think they are above their master in the pack. The Komondor responds well to obedience training.
Strong, confident and courageous, the Komondor is a unique and loyal dog breed. The Komondor is not recommended for first time dog owners. However, they make great pets for experienced dog owners, who can provide them with plenty of exercise, training and affection.