Komondor

The Komondor is a large, striking dog with a distinctive long corded coat that originates from Hungary. The Komondor forms part of the Pastoral group.

Komondor Breed Group

Pastoral

Size of the Komondor

Large

Country of origin

Hungary

Time of original development

The Komondor can be traced back at least 1,000 years.

The Komondor’s uses through History

The Komondor was used to guard flocks of sheep from wolves and bears in its native Hunguary. Its distinctive long mane of white cords provided protection from the harsh weather, and also acted as camouflage and protection from predators. It was also used as a guard dog. The Komondor is the largest of the herding breeds from Hungary.

Komondor introduction and overview

The Komondor is a large, robust and well muscled dog with a distinctive coat of long flowing white cords that can reach to the floor. The cords can give the impression of a cute, soft and cuddly dog, but the Komondor is a dog that needs treating with absoulute respect and should only be considered by an owner with knowledge of this stubborn, independent dog. Unsurprisingly, there are only around 70 Komondors registered in the country at the moment.

Colour varieties of the Komondor

The breed comes in white only.

Size and weight of the Komondor

Height bitch 60-70cms

Height dog 65-80cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 36-50kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 50-61kgs

Exercise requirements of the Komondor

An energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. This dog needs access to plenty of secure, open spaces to exercise and is not suitable for town or city dwellers.

Komondor temperament

The Komondor is strong-willed, independent, aloof and reserved. It is not a breed recommended for novice owners. It is not only aloof with strangers, but could show aggression to unexpected visitors. The Komondor extremely loyal and protective to its owner. This is not a dog for owners with small children. It is unlikely to be compatible with other dogs and poses a serious risk to cats and other smaller animals.

Is the Komondor a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. This dog is definitely not suggested for a novice owner. The dog is intelligent and fairly easy to train, but may challenge for the role of pack leader if it spots a sign of weakness in his owner. This breed is best suited to an owner with experience of the breed.

Komondor coat length

Long. The coat forms long cords that can reach to the floor.

Grooming requirements of the Komondor

High. The long cords need daily attention, as they are prone to picking up twigs and other bits of debris. The cords can easily clump together on the feet and abdomen and rear end, so need to be groomed every day. The cords can be gently teased apart to form thinner cords. The coat should not be clipped or shaved. Consult a professional dog groomer for more advice on caring for this unique breed.

Ears need to be plucked, cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.

Hypoallergenic?

Yes. This breed does not shed, so may be a suitable choice for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Komondor

The Komondor is a fairly healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded in the breed and consult their breeder:

  • Bloat
  • Hip Dysplasia

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Komondor

A healthy Komondor should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of up to 10 years.

Approximate Komondor pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay from £1,000 for a pedigree Komondor puppy. Litters are rarely available.

There are generally 3-10 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Komondor would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 40kgs requires 436gms of complete dry food daily. A dog weighing 50kgs requires 509gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 40kgs bitch is around £10.68

The weekly cost of feeding a 50kgs dog is around £12.50

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the pastoral group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment