Komondor

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Hungary
AKC Group:Working Group
UKC Group:Guardian
Use today:Sheep guardian
Life Span:8 to 12 years
Color:White coat with dark-brown eyes and a black nose.
Coat:Wooly, long, mats easily, must be corded and trimmed.
Grooming:Never brush the coat, but cording care is essential. Groom as needed. Must dry thoroughly (takes up to 24 hours).
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:25.5 to 27.5 inches at the withers
Weight:80 to 120 pounds

Although the Komondor may look like a large dust mop on legs, this is a big, muscular dog with a commanding, dignified attitude. A native of Hungary, the breed's standout feature is its long white corded coat, which protects the dog against the elements and from injury by predators. The Komondor has been used successfully as a police dog and herder, but its chief job is protector of the flock. Males measure up to 31.5 inches at the shoulder; females are somewhat smaller. Head, neck and body are completely covered in straight, ribbonlike cords of varying length. After a bath cords should be toweled dry as much as possible, then allowed to air dry, a process that can take two to three days. It takes as much as two hours each week to separate the cords by hand to keep them in shape. The Komondor is a protective dog and may not be gentle enough for every family. Check the temperament of the breeder's adult dogs before buying a Komondor. Because of size and temperament, the Komondor is a dog that's best suited to outdoor country living and long daily walks. Its flock-guarding heritage makes it an excellent watchdog and guardian, but it is also a bossy, independent thinker. Begin training and socialization early, and establish yourself as the dominant household member.

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