Komondor

Breed History

Komondor in the snow

Komondor is a large dog that is known to have a distinct coat that is like Sheep. Fearless dog that will protect and guard his territory furiously when the time presents itself.

Hungarian is the land the Komondor come from, but they are native to Russia. Their main jobs were to guard the flock and fend off predators and they did that in a few ways.

First thing that is unique about them is that they can blend in with the flock and a pack of them can be hard to tell the difference. In addition, they are hard to bite due to the long coat.

A predator will continue to get a mouth full of fur while getting bite by the Komondor. Fighting wolves and other predators is something that comes natural to a Komondor.

Sheep and Cattle business was huge for the Hungarian economy and own a great deal of gratitude for the free herding and protection these dogs would provide for centuries.

Although they were on these farms they weren’t herding often, and they would excel doing the guardian duties while other dogs did the herding.

There first documentation where they weren’t called a Sheepdog comes from the 16th century. During World War II they almost became extinct like most dogs during that time who were in those countries.

Importing and exporting came to a halt during the 20th century until the war was over. After the war they would resume and slowly start to accumulate a decent number of Komondors.

Registration

In 1937, they would receive recognition from the American Kennel Club and begin to receive registration as a full blood breed. As an ancient breed they made a later arrival into the club, but they have still been a member for nearly a century.

Top 170 in popularity they still show signs of being a rare breed that most people don’t own. This is something that would start after their numbers came down after the war.

Working Group mostly and very few kennel clubs call them a herding dog, but they are shown recognition all around the world. Here are the major kennel clubs and their breed standards for this breed.

Komondor Size

Male Height: at least 27 inches

Female Height: at least 25 inches

Male Weight: 100+ pounds

Female Weight: 80+ pounds

Litter Size

8 puppies are the average litter size for the Komondor. Bigger breeds have bigger litters, and this is the case for this breed. Breeders should be aware of the number of puppies that they will need to take care of until they sell them at eight weeks of age to a responsible owner. Mothers don’t have any known issues giving birth unless in case of emergency.

Colors

White is the only color for this breed.

If the coat doesn’t dread by themselves by the time, they are 24 months of age that is a disqualification.

Price

$1,000-$2,000 is the average price for a Komondor. Prices vary depending on location, supply, demand, currency and other factors that can affect the price of a puppy.

Papers will show documentation of the bloodline starting in Hungary until they came into the United States and tracks them until you buy a puppy. Both parents need to have papers for the puppy to receive papers.

Although nothing is wrong with not having papers it will most likely be due to cross breeding or unsafe breeding practices at some point in the bloodline when they don’t get papers. Nonetheless it is cheaper on the wallet. Expect to pay a few hundred dollars.

Grooming

Start each grooming session with a long run or walk to put the dog in the right state of mind and relax them physically for a possible grueling grooming session. You will either spend a lot of time grooming or a lot of money grooming your dog.

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

Brushing the coat will be something you can only do at a younger age in the dog’s life due to the mop coat. Whenever the dog’s hair starts to dread it is time to stop brushing the hair and it happens before they turn one year old.

You will do some combing, but it will not be with a comb. Finger combing is the best way for you to separate the dreads. Also, a dematter will be appropriate when the coat has tangles.

Before bathing separate the dreads and make sure they are not tangling with one another. Bathe the dog after a long exercise session and use a leash if you need one.

Ears should be clean once a week and will prevent the dog from getting an ear infection. Shaking the ears and constant scratching of the area will show you they have or are developing an ear infection.

Trimming the nails should happen during exercise, which we recommend all dog owners do. If you don’t exercise daily, which we don’t recommend, cut them with clippers or hire a professional.

Professional help with this type of coat is a strong recommendation.

Life Span

10-12 years is the average lifespan for a Komondor. That’s a decent lifespan for a dog of their size and power. When you decide to buy one of these dogs you should make the commitment to own them for a decade or more. A decent dog to get during a dog adoption due to their long lifespan.

Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia – hips are some of the biggest issues with a bigger dog breed besides bloat. If there is no signs of discomfort, then you should get the check around 24 months. When you see the dog doesn’t want to exercise or limping get an x-ray of the hips and determine the condition.

Elbow Dysplasia – growth outside of the elbow is a great sign that the dog is starting to develop some elbow dysplasia. Getting the check around 24 months is a recommendation from the kennel club unless you realize some issues before they turn two years old.

Myelopathy – spinal cord disorder that is present in older dogs most of the time but can affect a younger dog. A genetic disease that passes from older generations to younger puppies. After the age of eight they will show signs of the disease.

Breed Group

Proud members of the Working Group that are almost universally put into this category. Humans are indebted to these dogs forever for all the work they have done for many centuries.

Although some of these dogs are no longer in use the same way that they were they still can rescue, herd, pull sleds, and a bunch of other activities that aren’t needed for survival.

Here are some of the dogs in the working group

Exercise Needs

Komondor needs a lot of exercise and they need it every single day. Taking the time out every day to give this dog some exercise will help the relationship of you and the Komondor.

Bad behavior is one of the most difficult situations for all dog owners to deal with. There is a direct connection from the dog misbehaving and not getting enough exercise.

When the dog is digging, jumping, too much excitement, barking excessively, biting, nipping and other issues are all a result of the lack of exercise they are experiencing.

Starting to change the dynamics of no exercise to exercise everyday will boost the good behavior and decrease the bad behavior. You will start to notice that the dog will not have the energy to engage in bad behavior.

Here is a basic recommendation we give to new clients

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 mins (run, walk or treadmill)

That’s going to change the way your dog acts if they’re not getting any exercise at all.

Younger dogs will need more exercise but more runs to tire them out and only exercise them for a reasonable amount of time every day. Most intense time of exercising the dog will be when they are young if they’re higher energy.

Adult dogs will show a decrease in energy levels they will still need runs every week, but more walking will be applied in this situation.

Senior dogs need only walks and close to no runs to meet their exercise needs. Don’t overdue any age group just enough to keep the behavior good and to keep them mentally calm.

Training

  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every house is built on a solid foundation and no foundation is more solid than a great exercise program for your dog. Imagine the dog is going crazy, too energetic, and not listening. Then you add 365-720 hours of exercise in one year. Do you think they will have a different attitude and personality? Absolutely they will! After a few years the dog will get the proper training and will not have excess energy built up. You will be shocked at the way your dog behaves in comparison to others.

Commands are great but you will spend most of your time exercise. A command can be taught in a few days and just need minor maintenance after this. Having full control of your dog through commands is what you should strive to do until you accomplish it.

Socialization should happen in a certain fashion. Before vet visits, parks, dog parks, friends visiting, and car trips make sure you take the time to exercise your dog for at least one hour. Make this a good habit to do and alter the way your dog interacts with the world.

Corrections are a part of life itself. Verbally, on leash or off leash are all times you should correct the dog. Secrets to correcting proper are timing and the follow through. Preventing a dog from committing the act will be the right timing. Remember that word PREVENTION! After you stop them from committing the act in the first place wait until the dog sits or lays.

Do Komondors Hair Naturally Dread?

Yes, a Komondor hair will dread all by itself. You don’t need to do anything to get the hair to dread it will do it all on its own. Before the age of one they will start to dread a lot and by two years old if they aren’t dreading that is unacceptable according to their kennel club breed standards.

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