Komondor Breed Summary
Independent, Intellectual, Confident, Loyal and Devoted
Komondors originate from Hungary and were originally bred as working dogs, which they remain highly prized for. They are best suited to homes where they have a lot of outside space to run around in and therefore also need to be placed with families who lead and active lifestyle.
They have a beautiful white corded coat and although they don't need a huge amount of brushing, their coats still require a great deal of maintenance to keep them looking their best!
Fun Fact: The length of their coats can often reach the floor!
|Kennel Club Group||Working|
|Lifespan||10 - 12 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 27.5in minimum, Females 25.5in minimum|
|Weight||Males 100lb or more, Female 80lb or more|
|Coat||Coats are Double. The Topcoat is Long and Harsh and the Undercoat is Softer|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, Arthritis, Ear problems, Skin issues, Bloat/gastric dilation|
|Other Names||Hungarian Komondor, Hungarian Sheepdog, Mop Dog|
These dogs are very independent and intellectual. This, paired with their strong-willed ways means they are fairly difficult to look after and handle and not the best choice for first time owners. They take a fairly long time to reach maturity, sometimes longer than three years, meaning they need a special form of consistent training throughout their lives.
Their wariness of strangers makes them excellent guard dogs, however they can act aggressively, especially towards other dogs, even when properly socialized which is something to consider if you have other pets.
These dogs are thought to be a very ancient breed, first developed in Hungary to herd and guard flocks of sheep. Many believe that the breeds ancestors were bought over to the country by the Magyar and Cuman Tribes in ancient times and may share an ancestry with Russian Ovcharkas. Although we know these dogs are an ancient breed, there is no record of them up until the 16th century. Their long and heavy coats are there to protect them from large predators such as wolves and additionally protect them from the harsh weather and terrain that they faced everyday as sheep dogs.
Unfortunately, the onset of WW2 saw a huge decline in the number of these dogs as many were killed when Hungary was invaded in 1944. It's thought that there were as little as 20 dogs left after the war and it was only thanks to breed enthusiasts that they are around today. Nowadays, the breed is still used as a sheepdog, but remains very rare and unknown outside of their native country.