Komondor

Komondor

Dog Facts

Type:
Pastoral
Energy:
Medium
Exercise Requirement:
Medium
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Protection:
Very protective
Size:
Large
Grooming Maintenance:
High maintenance
Temperature Preference:
Cold - temperate
Typical Lifespan:
10-12 years

About the Komondor Breed

The Komondor, considering its appearance and nature of its coat, is surprising swift and agile. It has a strong substance, and is slightly longer than tall, although the shape of the dog is disguised by the unique coat.

The Komondor, a striking white dog, has a very distinctive coat. The long, long fur of the dog mats together and forms floor sweeping dreadlocks. It makes the dog look a bit like a walking mop! Covering the dog from top to tail, the dreadlocks sway, move, and bounce as the dog does. This impressive coat is said to be the heaviest coat in the dog world. This pastoral dog was bred to be able to blend into a flock of sheep, in order to protect them and to remain unseen by approaching predators. The coat combines the fluffy undercoat and the thicker natural overcoat, and it takes the first two years of the puppy's life to form the dreadlocks.

The coat is impressive, yet hard to care for. When wetted, it can take over a day to dry out, and although you will not have to brush the dreads out, they do need tugging apart every so often to stop the cords combining and forming one solid mat. The Komondor should have individually defined cords in their coats.

The Komondor originated in Europe, and was widely used in Hungary. It is said that the use of the Komondor to protect flocks is what drove the native wolves out of the country.

The Komondor requires a lot of daily exercise, and can be very loving to a family, but also very protective. It is important to socialise them while they grow up so that they don't become too protective of the family or wary of strangers.

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