Monday, September 23, 2013

Rare Breed Monday: Komondor

Komondor photo from
The Komondor is a Hungarian breed that arrived to Europe from Asia between the years 900-1100. It is descended from Tibetan dogs, and has worked with sheep and cattle in Hungary for over 1,000 years.

This is a herding breed, but rather than rounding up herds or flocks, the Komondor follows the animals and protects them, usually without assistance from a human. Here, the eye-catching coat has a practical purpose; it helps protect the dog in case of attack. Wolves are not able to bite through the thick coat.

The Komondor is a very large breed that often grows over 30 inches tall. They're known to be calm and steady when things are normal, and they are responsible and loving towards their families. If there's trouble, the dog will defend its charges. Komondors have been bred to think and act independently and make decisions on their own, which can create problems in the modern world if the dog isn't trained. Training sessions need to be upbeat and happy, and the dogs thrive on praise.

These dogs often rest during daytime, and patrol during night time. If a Komondor would discover an intruder, they're known to knock them down and keep them down. Hungarian Komondor breeders say, "an intruder may be allowed to enter, but he will not be allowed to leave."

The Komondor requires daily exercise and obedience training. They don't shed much, but they need help in separating the cords so the coat doesn't turn into a huge, matted mess. They need baths just like all dogs, but the coat takes about two and a half day to dry.

The proper plural of Komondor is Komondorok.


  1. That is a cousin breed to a Kuvasz, similar job and temperament. We just don't know how you deal with that kind of coat.

    1. I'd love to meet one; they seem super-cool. When I researched the article I got the impression that they don't shed much, but there's still a decent amount of work on the coat to keep it from tufting together. Hmm, I guess Florida is a bit too hot for them, lol.