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Komondor

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Komondor

The coat on the Komondor is very unique. They have a weather-resistant, double coat. The outercoat fuses with the undercoat causing long cords to develop and hang from their body. This cording allows them to easily blend with sheep allowing for greater protection from predators. The coat is white and the skin is gray. However, the skin could also be pink although this is undesirable when showing the breed. Puppies are born white and downy. Their cords began to form around 3 to 4 months and take about 2 years to form completely. The head and muzzle are large and short. The triangular ears are elongated and lie close to the body. The eyes are dark brown and the nose is black. The mouth is strong with teeth meeting in a scissor-like bite. The body is broad and muscular with a deep chest and a level topline. The shoulders should be laid back and the legs straight, well-boned and muscular. The rear dewclaws must be removed. The large feet have well-arched toes and black, firm pads. The tail should curve slightly upward.

Temperament Komondors are confident, alert, imposing and very territorial. They are very loyal and highly protective of their families, livestock and property. They may be reserved towards strangers, but can become fierce fighters against intruders or anyone who threatens his charges. This breed can become aggressive towards other dogs and people, so they must be socialized thoroughly from an early age. They are great sheepdogs and merciless if attacked by predators, even wolves and bears.
Height, Weight Male Height: 27-32" ; Weight: 100-135 lbs.
Female Height: 26-30" ; Weight: 80-115 lbs.
Health Problems Koms are prone to hip dysplasia, bloat and skin problems.
Living Conditions This breed will do better with country living so that they can have extensive daily exercise. It will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They adapt well to all kinds of weather.
Exercise This breed loves to exercise and will meet its own needs for exercise if kept outdoors. This dog can sleep for hours and hours.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming The long and shaggy coat of this breed should never be brushed or combed. Shampoo often and divide into cords. It takes a long time for this breed's coat to dry. They shed very little if at all.
Origin There are several theories of the origin of this breed. Some have said that they descended from Tibetan dogs and were brought to Hungary by nomadic Magyars a thousand years ago. Others have said that the breed has been around since 1555 and is descended from Russian herding dogs. Still others say that the breed was brought to Hungary during the 14th Century by the Cumins. Despite their origins, the earliest written reference found is from the 16th century. The Komondor would be able to protect the flocks in all types of weather and after being shown in dog shows in the 1920s, they became popular worldwide. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Working, UKC Guardian Dog