Get to know the Komondor
All you need to know about the breed
It is hard to talk about the Komondor without mentioning their incredible white coat. It keeps this robust and hardy sheepdog protected among the flock in often unforgiving climes. And it will need a committed owner willing to do double duty as canine hairdresser. While their coats start off rather fuzzy and soft, as their hair gets long, and it will, your job will be to manually separate and twist the hair into the cords that define the breed. It is an art form.
Bred to guard sheep in the pasture, Komondorok – the plural of the breed in Hungarian – are large in stature and intelligence, with the independent spirit of dogs left to guard the flock on their own. It is a wonderful quality but one you will want to head off in a family dog with early socialisation and puppy training classes. While quick to learn, Komondors need an experienced owner who will insist on the alpha dog role.
While Komondors are reserved with strangers, they don’t hold back on giving their affection and attention to their humans. You would be hard-pressed to find a better guard dog - they will protect you, like it or not. Gracious family pets once trained, Komondors are, however, better suited to homes with older children. With their strength, size and speed, they could cause harm to smaller ones by accident. And while the Komondor thrives on company, he doesn’t do well left alone. The more humans home, the better.
This rare breed is a delight, though. If you can offer them lots of outdoor time, a firm touch, and a loving environment, your Komondor will reward your dedication with daily devotion and rollicking good times.
2 facts about Komondors
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Komondor