Description: These dogs were brought to Hungary a thousand years ago by nomadic Magyars to guard flocks of sheep. The determined, imposing Komondor is still used for that purpose today. Many times the dogs performed their duties without any human presence.
True to their breeding, these dogs are independent, can be dominant, very alert, brave, incorruptible, sober, levelheaded, calm and very loyal to their family/owners/handlers. Komodorok are said to be so sensitive that they can judge if someone is up to no good.
By instinct, the Komondorok mistrusts strangers and will not allow unwanted visitors on its family/owners/handlersí property. Regular visitors will be treated as family.
Height: 26 -32 inches
Weight: 80 - 135 lbs.
Coat: Long, coarse outer coat; may be curly or wavy; softer undercoat.
Temperament: Protective, loyal
With Children: Good with his own family, needs to be properly introduced to other children.
With Pets: Excellent with live stock, may be bossy to other pets.
Special Skills: Guard dog and herding dog.
Watch-dog: Very High, a natural protector he will guard with his life sheep, cattle, children or other pets.
Guard-dog: Very High, wary of strangers and doe snot kindly to teasing and if his growls go unheeded may attach without warning.
Care and Training: Never brush or comb the coat. You may want to have his coat taken care of by a professional groomer as it requires separating the hair into cords as it grows. Bathe only when necessary and then thoroughly dry the coat (can take up to 24 hours). Nail and teeth cleaning when necessary. Intensive exercise such as pulling or a long-distance run. Needs a purpose in life. Training should be firm, consistent rules and early socialization. Obedience training is essential to discourage assertive tendencies.
Learning Rate: Low, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - High. He is high in intelligence, but is an independent thinker.
Activity: Medium, but needs daily exercise.
Living Environment: Suburban or rural; fenced yard. Can live outside comfortable in a doghouse. Best home is a sheep ranch i Montana, second best is a house in the country with a fenced yard.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia
Life Span: 8 - 12 Years
Litter Size: 3 - 10
Country of Origin: Hungary
History: A very old breed from Hungary where he was used to protect flocks of sheep. Known as early as 1555, it is said he descended from the Russian herding dogs.
First Registered by the AKC: 1937
AKC Group: Working