Facts about Komondor Puppies
Are you unsure how to care for Komondor puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?
Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?
No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!
Komondor Information and History
The breed's ancestors were brought to Hungary around 1000 A.D. by Turkish speaking nomads called Cumans.
The breed got its name from the word "koman-dor" that can be translated as "dog of the Cumans".
The Komondor was developed to guard flocks of sheep and is still widely used in that capacity today. It's also used for general guard duty and as a companion.
It's a very common breed in its native Hungary. Its spread throughout the world began in 1920s when the breed began participating in shows.
Physical Characteristics of Komondor Dogs
This is a large and muscular dog.
Its body is slightly longer than it is tall, the chest is deep and the tail is long. The head is broad, the ears are medium sized and drop down, and the eyes are almond shaped and dark brown. The nose is black, brown or gray.
The coat is what distinguishes this breed from others. It covers the whole body and consists of a dense undercoat and heavily corded, always white outer coat. The outer coat reaches 10 to 11 inches in length and can take up to 5 years to fully grow.
The corded outer coat serves two purposes: it allows the dogs to blend in with a flock of sheep and it offers them protection from the wild animals.
|Male||27.5+ inches||100 - 125 pounds|
|Female||25.5+ inches||80 - 110 pounds|
This is a serious, alert, confident, and protective dog.
It's warm and devoted to its family but wary with strangers and aggressive towards other dogs.
Being a guard dog, it takes its job very seriously -- it's very territorial and protective. It will protect anything that it feels is "his", including his family, house, pets, and car.
Don't be fooled by its deceptively mellow appearance. The Comondor can not only get very aggressive when it feels threatened but it will also put up a good fight against much bigger opponents. And more often than not, it will win.
The Komondor can be willful but with proper leadership and puppy socialization training, it can be a very good family pet and companion.
Best Owner / Living Conditions
These dogs require an experienced and firm owner.
While they can adjust to an apartment lifestyle with adequate exercise, they will do best in a country setting.
This breed is not for everyone. Most Komondor breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.
Activity and Exercise
The Komandor is a very lazy dog. If left on its own, it can sleep for hours!
If you live in the country, it can get all the exercise it needs by running and playing outdoors. In other settings, take your pet for several long walks every day.
Of course, the best exercise it can get is from guarding a flock of sheep.
First, the good news.
The breed sheds very little. You also should not brush it -- just separate hair into cords and trim it.
The bad news is, it needs lots of bathing and takes a long time to dry.
Like all dog breeds, the Komondor is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.
Additional health concerns include hip dysplasia, skin problems, and bloating. Feed your pet several smaller meals instead of one large one to prevent bloating. Visit dog health problems to learn more about dog diseases.
To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Komondor breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).
No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.
To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.
The average life expectancy for healthy Komondor puppies is between 10 and 12 years.
Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?
If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Komondor rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.
Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this dog behavior and obedience training guide.
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