Komondor Puppies

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An intelligent and devoted breed

Komondors are most known for their alertness and unique mop-like coat. The breed originated in Hungary to herd sheep in the extreme weather of the Hungarian Mountains. They are large but agile and can be territorial.

Komondor At a Glance

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Komondor At a Glance

  • Size: 25"-30", 80-130 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Dense with cord-like curls
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Working
  • Common Nicknames: Mop Dog

Komondor Breed Guide

Learn More About Komondors

  • Temperament

    Komondors make great family dogs as long as their owner establishes they are the leader early on. They are very protective of their flock and can be aggressive if they feel their family is threatened. They are intelligent and should be trained and socialized early to prevent aggressive behavior.

  • Health

    Komondors are healthy, and there are no known conditions specific to Komondors. Many breeders will have their stock screened by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals to prove they don't have hip dysplasia. Like many large breeds, Komondoors can suffer from bloat.

  • Activity Level

    Komondors do best when they have room to run in a fenced-in yard. They also love going for walks and hikes with their owners. Dog Parks should be avoided due to their territorial nature. They get bored easily, so mental components should be included in their exercise as often as possible.

  • Grooming

    Their coat requires regular maintenance to stay healthy. It should never be brushed or combed, but separated into cords and inspected for dirt and debris. Their coat is often kept trimmed so it doesn't drag on the floor, which can easily make the white cords dirty. They should be bathed regularly, but bathing them too often can decrease the thickness of their coat.

  • Shedding

    Komondors shed moderately, but not in the traditional sense of the word. They will sometimes shed an entire cord of their curly coat.

  • Appearance

    Komondors are large and muscular, and their mop-like fur adds to their large appearance. They have a large head and short muzzle, which is often covered in their mop-like fur. Their ears are elongated but blend beautifully with the rest of their coat. Their felted and corded coat is unlike any other dog and is typically 8-11 inches long.

  • History

    They are an ancient breed that were first bred by the Cumans, and brought to Hungary after the Mongul invasion. They were used to protect sheep and had to be tough enough to ward off wolves and other animals of prey. Their thick corded coat protects them from the elements, allowing them to stay outside even in the most brutal conditions. They gained vast popularity when they began making appearances in competitions in the 20th century.