All About the Breed Komondor

Have you recently fallen for the Komondor or do you simply love rare breeds? Learn all about the breed here, including: Breed History, Personality Traits, Train-ability, Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed, and Common Health Concerns.

Also known as the Hungarian Komondor or the Hungarian Sheepdog, the Komondor is a protective and loving breed. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.

History

The origin of the Komondor has been argued greatly among enthusiasts and experts. Some believe the breed to be traced back over 1,000 years ago and others believe the breed to have roots only as far back as the 17th century. The first solid evidence of the breed dates to 1544, in a writing by Kakonyi Peter.

Throughout its history, the Komondor has been used primarily as a guardian dog of flocks and shepherds, excelling not only because of the breed's great intelligence, but muscular build and armored coat.

The Komondor remains greatly protected by both the Hungarian Kennel Club and the Hungarian Komondor Club.

Today, the Komondor is recognized by the American Kennel Club, yet remains rather rare outside of its native Hungary.

Personality Traits

Best known for its protective nature and aggression towards would-be intruders, the Komondor is a territorial breed. When faced with a stranger or intruder, these dogs are alert, fearless, and courageous, doing whatever it takes to protect its owner and its territory. This breed becomes quickly attached to its master and is gentle, loving, and affectionate. The Komondor is intelligent and typically highly trainable.

Train-ability

Due to its intelligence and drive towards hard work, the Komondor generally responds well to basic training. With the proper training and care, this breed has the ability to learn to perform most any task its trainer is willing to take the time to teach it.

Establishing immediate dominance is especially important with the Komondor, as this breed is known to be very difficult to train past the age of four to six months. These dogs require stern yet gentle correction and a strong and confident trainer, preferably experienced.

Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed

There are many benefits to owning a Komondor. This intelligent breed is highly trainable and has the ability to learn to perform most any impressive tricks and tasks. The Komondor is an alert, fearless, and territorial breed, making an excellent guard and watch dog, as these dogs will stop at nothing to protect their owner. When properly socialized, the Komondor typically gets along well with children and other pets. This breed becomes quickly attached to its owner and makes a loving, affectionate, and extremely loyal family pet and companion alike.

Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning a Komondor. These athletic dogs require large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. A Komondor not receiving the proper amount of exercise will often act out by destroying property, chewing, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.

Proper socialization and training is absolutely required with the Komondor. Attempting training past the age of four to six months can be very difficult and may require professional intervention.

As previously mentioned, the Komondor remains rather rare outside of its native Hungary and can prove difficult to obtain. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed will often encounter such challenges as inability to locate a breeder, high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.

Common Health Concerns

Sadly, the Komondor is known to suffer from a wide array of health problems, including: hip dysplasia, entropian - curling inwards of the eye lid, cataracts, bloat, chronic ear infection, and irritation and infection of the feet.

Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own a Komondor? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.