Komondor At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (Working); ANKC (Working); CKC (Working); FCI (Sheepdogs); KC (Pastoral); UKC (Guardian)
Large. Weight: Males 100–134.5 lbs; Females 80–110 lbs Height: Males 25-31.5; Females 23.5-25.5 inches
Long and corded.
10 to 12 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
Young Komondors have short and shaggy coats. Their cords usually develop by the time they turn 2 years-old.
A direct descendent of the Owtcharka, an ancient flock guarding dog, the Komondor was brought to Hungary by nomads 1,000 years prior. They were bred to protect livestock against predators such as wolves and coyotes. Their unique corded coat helped them to blend in with flocks of sheep, making them nearly invisible to predators.
Komondors have the characteristic “mop” look of the dog world. The cords are actually useful both in blending in with sheep herds, and protecting the dog from weather, outdoor dangers and predatory attacks. While the show Komondor still maintains a neat dreaded cord in the ring, dogs in the working field often look unkempt and wooly.
When this dog means business, he should not be ignored. This is a dog that is ready to take on any challenge, and was commonly used away from people and other pets. The breed is very independent and may be willful or territorial. If not used for his guarding purpose, he needs to be very socialized and well trained with an experienced owner.
10 to 12 years is the average lifespan of the breed, typical for dogs of his size. A few breed health concerns include entropion, cataracts and hip dysplasia. Bloat, or Gastric Dilation and Volvulus is also a concern, common in larger breed dogs.
Cording happens naturally as the hair on this dog grows. Puppies will have a short, shaggy coat until it begins to grown in. Blow drying after bathing and keeping cords separated is a very intensive task, and Komondors require hours of grooming to keep the cords from becoming matted.
Training requires a well-versed trainer that understands the breed. Used to making his own decisions, this dog can present a training challenge with a novice owner. Persistence and calm, careful training are key.
Exercise and lots of it is needed to prevent boredom in Komondors. This is a breed that is used to traveling long stretches with a flock. Long walks or activities such as flock-guarding are needed to give even companion dogs a job and prevent destructive boredom behaviors.