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Komondor: Key Characteristics of Komondor Dog Breed

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About Komondor

Country of Origin, History of Komondors

The Komondor is descended from Tibetan dogs. Newer studies show they came from the Cumans, the Turkic speaking nomadic tribe who settled in Hungary in 12th and 13th century. In fact the word "Komondor" means the dog of Cumans.

The Komondor is believed to be related to the Ovcharka, the Puli, the Pumi, the Bearded Collie and the Old English Sheepdog.

It is believed that many Komondors got killed during the World War II because when the Germans or Russians invaded Hungary, they had to first kill the dog before they could capture the farm or the house they were protecting.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

Komondors have robust bodies which are strongly muscled. They have long legs and a short back. The tail is carried with a slight cur.

The head and muzzle are massive and rather short. Its eyes are dark brown and the U-shaped ears hang down to blend with the rest of the coat.


Its massive body is totally covered with an extraordinary felted and corded coat, which is 8 to 11 inches (20-27cm.) long, corded and always white, resembling dreadlocks or a mop. The outer coat fuses with the undercoat to form felt that hangs in long cords. It can take up to two years for the cords to form completely and 5 years to reach the desired length.

Height: 25.5 inches (65cm.) and upward.


Dogs up to 125 pounds (59kg.);
Bitches 10% less.

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Komondor Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

The Komondor is serious, strong, confident, alert and commanding. It can be very reserved with strangers and is very territorial and highly protective of his family, house, car, and livestock. Implacable against wolves and bears that would attack the flock with which it is entrusted. Smart, but easily bored, loyal to and respectful of his master. Komondors can be good family dogs if they are socialized and trained thoroughly from puppyhood.

This dog does best in a clean country environment where he can receive extensive daily exercise, but it will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised, though not recommended for most families They do well in most climates.

Exercise & Training

If they are not actively working as a flock guardian, they need to be taken on a daily, long brisk walk. This dog can be extremely lazy and will sleep and rest for hours upon hours. They need complete and firm obedience training by an experienced owner, as he can be very willful.


Their hair must never be brushed or combed. It is divided into cords and trimmed. Its coat needs a lot of bathing and takes a long time to dry. A skin check for fleas or ticks should be part of a regular grooming routine. The hair should be cut out with an electric clipper or scissors to keep mats from forming between the foot-pads. It is especially necessary to keep the ears clean and hair-free. Once cords are fully formed, shedding is minimal.

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Health and Care

They are prone to hip dysplasia (though not overly common), bloat and skin problems.

Life Expectancy: About 10-12 years.

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Group: Working Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 173

Also Known As: Hungarian Komondor, Hungarian Sheepdog

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