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Komondor History

The Komondor is a large, shaggy Hungarian sheepdog that is known for its distinctive beard. The Komondor is the national dog of Hungary, and it is believed to be one of the oldest living species of domesticated dogs. The Komondor is well adapted to its work environment, which includes guarding herds of livestock. The history of the Komondor is intertwined with the history of Hungary and, to a lesser extent, Europe. The breed originated with the nomadic Magyar tribes of Central Europe in the 9th century, where it served as a guard and herding animal. The nomadic lifestyle of the Hungarian people meant that the necessity for working dogs was high, and the dogs of the Magyars were bred to be strong and protective. The Komondor was imported into the United States in the late 1800s, where it became a favored pet of wealthy Americans. However, the breed fell out of favor in the 1920s and 1930s, and it was not officially recognized by the AKC until 1992.

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Komondor Physical Characteristics

The Komondor is a large, medium-to-large sized breed that typically stands between 25 and 30 inches at the shoulders and weights between 60 and 90 pounds. They have a compact, muscular body and a heavy double coat of fur that is dark brown or black, with a lighter underside. The muzzle is broad, the head is long and wedge-shaped, and the ears stand erect. The eyes of the Komondor are hazel or dark amber in color. They are a highly intelligent, even-tempered, and docile breed of dog.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 25 – 27 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 25 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 100 – 125 lbs

Female Weight Range: 80 – 90 lbs

Komondor Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Komondor Health Concerns

Gastric Torsion, Hip Dysplasia, Entropion

Komondor Temperament and Behaviour

The Komondor is gentle and dignified, but also independent, brave, and protective. They are generally calm, but can sometimes have a dominant personality. They are devoted and affectionate with their owners, but are reserved with strangers. They are easy to train, but need an owner that is firm and consistent.

Komondor Activity Requirements

The Komondor is an imposing, large, and muscular dog. They are Hungarian herding dogs and were traditionally used to guard livestock. The Komondor is known to be intelligent, patient, and even-tempered. While they are not the most energetic of breeds, a Komondor is still an active dog. They are best suited to country or suburban areas where there is plenty of space for them to play. They prefer cooler climates and can do well in cooler climates, but they shouldn’t be left outside in extreme heat. If you are considering a Komondor, be sure you can meet their exercise and grooming requirements. They are intelligent and sensitive dogs that require regular brushing and bathing. They will also need a considerable amount of exercise and room to run.

Miles Per Day

10 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3.8 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Komondor is part of the Working group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Komondor is part of the Pastoral group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Komondor is part of the Working group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Komondor is part of the Working Dog group.

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