Komondor, also known as the Hungarian sheepdog is a large, white-colored dog; its coat is long and corded. With a strong muscled body with long legs and a short back make for a great companion as well as guardian for the family.
There are many personalities for the Komondor which can include an independent livestock dog or being a dog that needs the approval of its owners. As a loyal dog as well as an independent thinker, this affectionate dog will keep a home safe from anything—and anyone—that does not belong. With the proper care, the Komondor is a responsible and loving dog to add to the family.
Originally, the Komondors were brought to Hungary around the 12th and 13th century. The first time that this breed is mentioned in the Hungarian codex was in 1544, written in the History of King Astiagis by Kákonyi Péter.
The Komondor was bred to be a guardian of livestock as well as the home. The corded coat of the Komondor looks like the coat of sheep which makes it easy to mingle among the sheep without being seen by any predators. Today, the Komondor is a fairly common breed found in Hungary, which is its country of origin.
The Komondor is considered a large-sized dog. The male Komondor usually stands on average 31.5 inches, while the minimum height is 27.5 inches. The weight of a male Komondor on average is between 110 and 132 pounds. The minimum height of a female Komondor is 25.5 inches, with an average height of 27.5 inches. Females normally weigh between 88 and 110 pounds.
Being built for livestock guarding, the Komondor is calm and steady on a normal basis, but will defend its keep with ferocity if needed. The Komondor thinks and acts independently while making its own decisions, which is how it was bred.
Komondors are gentle with children and friends, but can be wary of strangers who enter the home or territory. Normally, very protective, Komondors make sure to protect its family, its home and its possessions. Komondors also get along well with other pets such as other dogs or cats in the home.
There are not many health issues that arise for Komondors, but like most animals, there are possible ailments. It is important to take care of your Komondor like any other dog and make sure to get regular checkups to ensure there are no health problems developing.
Possible problems may be as follows:
Hip Dysplasia, which is a degenerative disease occurs when the hip joint is weakened due to abnormal growth and development and is found in many breeds of dogs. There is also entropion, which is usually obvious by six months of age. It occurs when the eyelid rolls inward, irritating or injuring the eyeball. It can be in one or both of the eyes, and can be seen if the Komondor rubs its eyes often. To correct this problem the Komondor would need surgery. Finally, gastric torsion (bloat), bloat is caused by the sudden influx of gas and air in the stomach. This causes the stomach to distend and twist and can cause death in a dog if it is not treated.
The Komondor is a very smart breed and is easy to train because of this. The only problem with Komondors is their high level of independence. It can make it difficult to train as they get older because they are able to become more stubborn than when they are puppies.
The best way to train a Komondor is by making the learning fun and for not only the dog but for the owner as well. Force or repetition is not as successful in training exercises. Also, being an independent dog, Komondors can get bored easily, so sessions need to be changed to keep the Komondors’ attention.
Komondors need moderate exercise daily, so a couple short walks or playtime would suffice to keep the dog active. Importantly, Komondors need a fenced in yard that is secure and able to define their territory. This is for the Komondor to know where its space is and what it would need to defend should the need arise.
Here are a couple of links with more information on Komondors. One to the Komondor Rescue and the other is for the Middle Atlantic Komondor Club. Please check your local area for other rescues near you or to learn more about this breed.