Dog Komondor: traits, characteristics and origin

Sometimes referred to as 'mop dogs,' the Komondor is a long-established powerful dog breed that has a natural guardian instinct to guard livestock and other property.


CategoryGiant breeds: 100-200 lbs
Country of originHungary
Name of originKomondor, Kiraly
Other namesHungarian Komondor, Hungarian Sheepdog, Mop Dog

The Komondor is a large dog (many are over 30 inches tall), making this one of the largest common breeds of dog, or a molosser. The body is covered by a heavy, matted, corded coat. The dogs have robust bodies, strongly muscled, with long legs and a short back, with the tails carried low. Komondor females on average weigh between 88–110 lb (40–50 kg) and Komondor males weigh on average between 110–132 lb (50–60 kg).


Komondors were brought to Hungary by Cumans, the Turkic speaking, nomadic people who settled in Hungary during the 12th and 13th century. The name Komondor derives from Koman-dor, meaning "Cuman dog". The breed descends from Tibetan dogs and came from Asia with the Cumans, whose homeland might have been near the Yellow River. Today the Komondor is a fairly common breed in Hungary, its country of origin. Many Komondors were killed during World War II and local stories say that this is because when the Germans (and then the Russians) invaded, they had to kill the dog before they could capture a farm or house that it guarded.


The Komondor is built for livestock guarding. The Komondor's temperament is like that of most livestock guarding dogs; it is calm and steady when things are normal, but in case of trouble, the dog will fearlessly defend its charges. It was bred to think and act independently and make decisions on its own. It is affectionate with its family, and gentle with the children and friends of the family. Although wary of strangers, they can accept them when it is clear that no harm is meant, but is instinctively very protective of its family, home and possessions. The Komondor is very good with other family pets often very protective over them, but is intolerant to trespassing animals, and is not a good dog for an apartment.


Komondor dogs are large, loyal and intelligent guard dogs that require a great deal of care and attention. They are loyal and devoted to their owners and make great family pets. If you are considering getting a Komondor, here are a few tips to help you get started. First, understand that Komondors require a lot of exercise. They need regular walks, runs and playtime to stay healthy and happy. It’s also important to socialize them from a young age so they can be comfortable around strangers. Second, make sure you have enough space for a Komondor. They need plenty of room to roam and explore. Also, they have a thick, corded coat that needs regular grooming to keep it looking its best. Finally, be prepared to spend a lot of time with your Komondor. They are very social and need companionship to stay content. If you are willing to invest the time and energy into your Komondor, you will be rewarded with a loyal and loving companion.


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