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Komondor Dog Breed: Facts, Pictures & Information

Updated on July 19, 2012
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Komondor aka Mop Dog

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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
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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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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I like 4 Hungarian dog breeds - Kuvasz (I own one), Komondor, Puli, and Vizsla.

      Kuvaszok and Komondorok are livestock guardian dogs, Pulik are herders, while Vizslas are pointers, retrievers, and flushers of game all in one.

      The only reason why I don't have a Komondor is that there are no breeders in Ontario.

      Thank you for sharing a beautiful hub on an awesome protector dog breed.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Wow, what a cool dog. I love the pics! Thank you for sharing such wonderful info about the Komondor. Voted up for useful and awesome.

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      Cat R 5 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      They look like the nightmare of any dog brush. grin

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      Kevin J Timothy 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      These are so cool looking! I find myself watching a lot of dog shows and have seen this breed many times. I had no idea, though, that they are such excellent protectors. I like how you pointed out that the are dangerous if not trained early. I bet these are expensive to obtain AND maintain. Too bad I live in Florida because of this heat. Now that I think about it I have yet to see one here and I've lived in FL for over 20 years. Very good article, especially the last photo. It looks like the Komondor is blended into its surroundings. Voted up!