The komondor is a large, muscular dog, with plenty of bone and substance; it is slightly longer than tall. Its gait is light and leisurely, with long strides. Its hallmark coat is double, consisting of a dense wooly undercoat and a coarser outer coat that is wavy or curly.
The undercoat is trapped in the outer coat so that it forms strong, felty, tassel-like cords. This coat helped protect the dog from the elements as well as the teeth of tough adversaries.
It also helped the dog to blend in with its flock.
The Komondor, being naturally wary of strangers, makes an excellent house guard dog.
They are devoted to their master and will defend him against attack by any stranger. This trait makes it advisable that the dog only be used as a herd/flock guardian/protector, not for driving.
When mature, the breed is an earnest, courageous, very faithful herd/flock guardian. While a puppy, the Komondor is playful.
The Komondor is a large, muscular breed and can grown to a height of 80 cm and weigh nearly 40 kg. Their eyes are dark and their nose black.
Komondors are said to be protective and assertive, and will think for themselves. Obedience training is strongly recommended.
Puppies need early socialisation with other dogs and animals, and should bond closely with their human family.
Longtime owners say their dogs are quite devoted and will monitor their every move.
The Komondor is descended from Tibetan dogs. Some think the Komondor was brought to Hungary a thousand years ago by nomadic Magyars to guard large herds of cattle and sheep.
However, newer studies show it came from the Cumans.
- Komondor puppies have a white, soft and fluffy coat that changes between 12-24 months. Then the coat will become matted. The cords are not plaited or rolled by humans but may need untangling as they lengthen.
- There are only 13 Komondors in Australia.
It is strongly recommended that potential owners strongly consider whether this is the dog for them. Their temperament and large size means that having the dog properly trained is important. This breed is best suited to a person with experience with dog ownership.