Komondor Dog Breed

Komondor At-a-Glance

The Komondor is a large Hungarian breed that was originally used to protect flocks of sheep. It is believed to have descended from the Caucasian shepherd and was brought to Hungary by traveling nomads in the 13th century. Komondors are powerful and muscular dogs known for their distinctive corded coat.

Weight (pounds)
Male: 85-110
Female: 75-90
Height (inches)
Male: 27-29
Female: 25-27
Lifespan (years)

Dog Breed Group

Characteristics Ratings

We rate 19 characteristics for each breed, divided into three categories:
Highest Rated – Characteristics for which this breed is rated 4 or 5 stars (on a 5 star scale).
Neutral Rated – Characteristics that rated 3 stars.
Lowest Rated – Characteristics that rated only 1 or 2 stars.

Highest Rated

  • Good Family Dog
  • Low Shedding
  • Low Drooling
  • Protective Nature
  • Easy to Train
  • Tolerates Cold Climate
  • High Intelligence

Neutral Rated

  • Kid Friendly
  • Good With Other Dogs
  • Friendly to Strangers
  • Likes to Play
  • Handles Change Easily
  • High Energy Level
  • Low Amount of Barking

Lowest Rated

  • Suitable for Small Yards/Apartments
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone
  • Tolerates Hot Climate
  • Good General Health

General Overview

Komondors are loyal, affectionate, and very protective of their families, making them very good family dogs. However, due to their size and protective nature, they may not be the best choice for families with very young children or other pets.

While they are generally gentle and affectionate with children, their protective instincts can sometimes lead them to become overly aggressive if they perceive a threat.

Komondors were originally bred to guard flocks of sheep and are naturally suspicious of unfamiliar people and animals. This is both good news and bad news. While this trait can make them excellent guard dogs, it can also make them difficult to handle in social situations.

Even with early training and socialization, you should realize that Komondors may never be completely comfortable with outsiders

Komondors can also be wary of other dogs. They were bred to be independent and protective, which can make them less likely to get along with unfamiliar dogs. However, with proper socialization and training, Komondors can learn to coexist peacefully with other dogs.

They are not heavy shedders or droolers, but they do require a significant amount of grooming to maintain their distinctive corded coat. This means they may not be the best choice if you’re looking for a low-maintenance dog.

Komondors are highly social dogs and thrive on human companionship. As a result, they don’t tolerate being left alone for extended periods. They are best suited for families where someone is home most of the day to provide companionship and supervision.

Komondors are not typically recommended for first-time dog owners. They are large, powerful dogs with a strong guarding instinct, and require an experienced owner who can provide firm and consistent training.

They are also not well suited for small yards or apartments, since they are large dogs that require plenty of space to move around and play.

Komondors are not considered high-energy dogs, but they do require regular exercise to keep them healthy and happy. They enjoy daily walks and playtime in a securely fenced yard, but they are not typically as active as some other breeds.

Komondors are intelligent dogs, but they can be difficult to train due to their independent nature. They were bred to work independently and make decisions on their own, which can make them less responsive to obedience training.

They are considered to be a relatively healthy breed. However, like many large breeds, they are at risk for certain health issues, such as hip dysplasia, bloat, and eye problems.

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