Mention the Komondor dog and images of household mops come to mind. For many, the pooch’s striking and coarse coat of white cords makes it resemble the cleaning tool, albeit with a protruding snout. However, rather than being used to clean surfaces, these cords require a substantial amount of grooming. They must be separated regularly to prevent matting and for removal of debris or dirt. The breed also requires daily baths. With such a high-maintenance and eye-catching coat, people are understandably attracted to the Komondor mostly because of how it looks.
Originally bred in Hungary during the 12th century to guard livestock, the working Komondor spends most of its time in the open and thus its thick layer of fuzz comes in handy, providing much-needed protection against extreme weather and beasts of prey. The distinctive coat also acts as a camouflage, making it look similar to sheep. This allows the Komondor to blend into the flock that it protects, giving it an edge over predators such as coyotes, cougars, and bears during attacks. Usually calm and steady, you can rely on the Komondor to defend its charges fearlessly whenever the need arises. It’s even able to think and act independently in times of danger.
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With a Komondor at home, one may feel constantly watched by a pair of eyes hidden beneath white dreadlocks! This could prove unnerving to the unacquainted, but owners will soon understand that such possessive behavior is merely the breed’s unique way of showing love and affection. It enjoys close physical contact and yearns to be with its loved ones 24/7. Despite its large and muscular build, the Komondor is extremely gentle and protective of children.
- Size Large; 40 to 60 kg. ȗ
- Height 64 to 76cm. ȗ
- Colours White, although puppies have a cream or buff shading that will eventually fade. ȗ
- Grooming frequency High; requires daily bathing and drying.
- Exercise High energy level; requires daily exercise.
- Temperament Steady, gentle, calm, and affectionate.
- Lifespan 10 to 15 years.
- Health issues Hip dysplasia, entropion, and gastric torsion.
- Suitable for first-time owners? No.
- Suitable for families with children? Yes, but older children preferred.
- Suitable alone? No, it will be miserable.
The Komondor is a generally healthy dog breed, although it can still be susceptible to certain health conditions. Some of the more common issues that the Komondor faces— particularly evident when it reaches full maturity—would be hip dysplasia, entropion and gastric torsion, which can be fatal if it isn’t treated. Dental hygiene and nail care shouldn’t be overlooked either. Its teeth should be brushed at least two or three times weekly, and its nails trimmed once or twice a month. Regular nail clipping is beneficial to parents as well: It prevents anyone from being scratched when greeted enthusiastically and affectionately by a jumping ‘mop’