A mop on four legs? The Bob Marley dog? The Whoopie Goldberg dog? The Komondor has been given a few silly nicknames over the years. Whether you refer to this breed with a nickname or as the Komondor it is clear that it is truly one of the most visually intriguing dogs around. It’s white, corded coat which is the source of the nicknames grows quickly can reach the ground by the time it’s five years old. 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 was developed in Hungary and is often called the Hungarian Komondor. The breed was originally used to guard flocks of sheep and goats in its native country where the distinctive corded coat acted as armour against attack by wolves. If a wolf did attack a Komondor they would only get a mouthful of matted hair. Yikes!
- 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.
Advice to Owners
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. Komondors should not be bathed too frequently as it can damage their coat, and it can take up to two days for their coat to dry! Vigilance is necessary when it comes to fleas and ticks and if a Komodor becomes affected by fleas or ticks it is best treated professionally.
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