Komondor

Komondor

Breed Fact

Country of Origin: Hungary
Hypoallergenic: No
Height: Female: 64–69 cm, Male: 71–76 cm
Weight: 125 pounds (59 kg)
Color: White
Life Expectancy: 10 – 12 years
Temperament: Affectionate, Fearless, Gentle, Calm, Steady, Independent
Litter Size: 4 - 10 puppies
Health Problems: N/N

Brief info: The Komondor is descended from Tibetan dogs. Some think the Komondor was brought to Hungary a thousand years ago by nomadic Magyars to guard large herds of cattle and sheep.

However, newer studies show it came from the Cumans. The name "Komondor" came from the name Koman-dor, meaning dog of the Cumans. Komondor remains have been found in Cuman gravesites. The earliest written reference is from the 16th century. The Komondor is a muscular flock guardian with massive bone structure.

The head is large and the muzzle is relatively short and dark. The almond-shaped eyes are dark brown and medium in size. Ears are an elongated triangle in shape with a slightly rounded tip, blending with the rest of the coat.

The hanging tail is long enough to reach the hocks. The teeth meet in a scissors or level bite. Its body is totally covered with an extraordinary felted and corded coat, which is 8 to 11 inches (20-27cm) long, and always white.

This thick, corded, white coat helps the dog blend in well with sheep and also helps protect it from any prey that it might be called upon to fight in his role as a flock guardian.

The outer coat fuses with the undercoat to form long cords that hang alongside the dog. The coat of a puppy is relatively soft, but shows signs of corded-like curls. It can take up to two years for the cords to form completely and 5 years to reach the desired length.