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Komondor Dog Breed: Facts, Pictures & Information

Updated on July 19, 2012
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Komondor aka Mop Dog

image by: Wiki.awal
image by: Wiki.awal | Source

Komondor History

  • Originally from area around Hungary, highly valued by Magyar shepherds.
  • Bred for livestock protection (fought off wolves and other predators).
  • Earliest documented komondors date to 1544, but definitely existed prior to that.
  • 1933: komondors came to america, where they have been used successfully for protection.

image by: Nikki68
image by: Nikki68 | Source

Komondor Info

  • Can exceed 30 inches in height.
  • Socialization is essential.
  • Requires daily exercise.
  • Will rest in day, constantly patrolling at night.
  • Usually knocks down intruders and pins them until owner arrives.
  • Has been used effectively to protect livestock from wolves, coyotes, bears, cougars, and other predators.
  • Dangerous without obedience training (they take well to training as long as it is started at a young age 4-8 months).
  • Does not like warm weather (look at all those cords!)
  • Nonshedding, tendency for dirtiness (dirt stuck in locks).
  • If gets wet, can take a whole day to dry.
  • Locks form around 2 years old.
  • Life span 10-12 years.
  • Except in Hungary, komondors are an uncommon breed.

image by: Kari
image by: Kari | Source

Komondor Qualities

  • Thinks for itself.
  • Stubborn.
  • Authoritative, controlling.
  • Will dominate if given the chance.
  • Good with other pets and especially good with livestock.
  • Happy watching over things.
  • Usually calm and quiet, but courageous.
  • Natural guardian, protective.
  • Can be rough, not best near children it doesn't know (protective of owner's children).

image by: David Blaine from Spokane, USA
image by: David Blaine from Spokane, USA | Source

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