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komondor

Komondor

Family: livestock dog, sheepdog, flockguard
Area of origin: Hungary
Original function: sheep guardian
Average size of male: Ht: 27.5, Wt: 80
Average size of female: Ht: 25.5, Wt: 70
Other names: none

Komondor Dog Temperament

Bred as an independent protector of livestock, the komondor is true to his heritage. He is an independent thinker and can be stubborn or domineering. He is not for meek people who can be dominated and socialization is essential. He is good with other pets and especially livestock. In fact, he is happiest when he has something or someone to watch over. Although usually calm and quiet, he is utterly fearless when the need arises. As a natural guardian, he is protective of children in his own family, but he may at times misunderstand rough-and-tumble games of visiting children.

Komondor Dog Care

The komondor needs daily exercise in the form of long walks or short romps. Swimming is not a good idea because of the time it takes the coat to dry. It may also be difficult to keep the coat clean in some areas. This breed does not like warm weather. The komondor is nonshedding but not carefree. His cords must be regularly separated or they will look like flat mats, and his coat tends to hold dirt; bathing is time-consuming and drying takes as much as a day. Pets can be clipped but then lose part of the breed's unique appeal. Note that it may take a dog up to 2 years of age before cords form.

Komondor Dog Health

Major concerns: CHD, gastric torsion
Minor concerns: otitis externa, acute moist dermatitis
Occasionally seen: entropion
Suggested tests: hip
Life span: 10-12 years

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