Komondor

Komondor puppy

A large, powerful white dog with long ‘dreadlock’ fur. Very strongly guarding and herding in instinct. The coat allows it to blend with the flock it is guarding. Calm and steady when not challenged, but will be strongly protective when challenged.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: High. 2 hours or more. This dog has very strong and deeply ingrained working traditions. It will be vigilant during the day and at night will patrol the property, checking for intruders.

Size: Very large – 26 to 32 inches

Weight: 88-132 lbs

Colour: White

Town or Country: Country - will not usually do well in towns

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: Country dwelling, highly active, outdoorsy households, who would prefer a protective guarding dog and can give the training and grooming the Komondor requires. Not recommended for first time dog owners.

Group: Pastoral (sheepdog)

Originally From: Hungary

Original Purpose: Working. Guarding sheep against wolves and bears.

Living Space: Very high

Coat: Long white dreadlocks

Grooming: A fully mature coat takes about 2 years to form. Help will be needed to ensure the dreadlocks do not turn into a single matted mass over the whole dog. Drying after a bath takes about 2 days. Check regularly for parasites (fleas and ticks). Will need to be vigilant about picking bits out of the coat after exercise.

Children: Is loyal and gentle with its own family. It’s size and power means it may knock over small children.

Sociability with strangers: Medium. Will accept them as soon as it knows they mean no harm.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Medium to low. Early socialisation to a wide range of circumstances is extremely important due to the guarding nature of these dogs. Can be aggressive.

Trainability: Low to medium. Training needs to be fun, but consistent, reinforced and firm. If allowed to ‘get away with things’, Komondors will continue to think inappropriate behaviour is acceptable. Early socialisation is extremely important to this training.

Noise Level: Probably high. Instinctively protective.

Known Health Issues: Mainly hip problems, entropion and cataracts

Lifespan: 10-12 years

Special Needs: If considering as a pet rather than working dog, ensure the breeder knows this. Matures late – sometimes not fully adult until around 3 years old.

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