Komondor is a self sufficient, stand-alone dog, having the quality of watching, monitoring and reacting. The dog is perfect guardian of livestock, herds and cattle farms. It is thoughtful and resolver and can decide itself for solutions. It remains dominated and enjoys the authoritative control. Weak owners and the peoples buying dogs first time would not be able to hold it. It is aggressive, violent and reactive towards strangers, dogs and other animals posing threat to its territory. However, it is gentle and calm with those animal to which, it is protecting. They pleased to be employed as the guarding of something. They remain happy and playful with cattle and other pets of the same farmhouse. In a family environment, these are watchful and caring towards children and all other family members, however, guests and visitors, even introduced, may be knocked over by them.
The fearless appearance, the Komondor is a strong structured, large size and heavy muscled dog. Solid body structure and high bone density makes it a tough package. The height is a little less than its length. The gait is graceful with long stepping and relaxed posture. Its double coat stands distinctive with dense inner portion, heavily wool and somewhat rough outer coat with curls and curves. Inner and outer coats are combined to project a decorative flex and look dashing. This is also the natural protection against teeth of wild animals, different weather conditions and other situations. The color scheme helps in merging into the flock and gets camouflaged.
Magyars travelers used this dog as herd guardian and had brought this breed from Tibetan region to Hungary about one thousand years ago. The history had mentioned about this breed in 16th century’s literature documents. The breed got popularity and expanded to the rest part of the world till 1920. The history record is almost empty between the 17th and 19th century. From the sheep guard application, the dog is introduced in dog shows. The breed was recognized in 1937 by the AKC. The Komondor is harsh weather borne and can survive al long time remaining outdoor. They can completely protect the master’s flock without any human assistance.
Komondor is a straight-forward natured and self reliable dog. The handling of this dog is difficult due to its solemn attitude and dominating approach. It does not need any guidance or assistance from human to safeguard its assigned flock. It behaves well mannered with the animals of its flock and remains friendly. It gets aggressive towards other animals which could be the threat for its duty.
The level of loyalty with owner is not match able, history has the record of fight with wolves, bears and other wild animals in protection of owner’s cattle. They dare to fight without comparison of opponent’s size. They get violent against strange persons and dogs and can extend their aggressiveness to fight and bite. This fighting nature is still cashed by some breeders to put them into dog-fight competitions (Now the dog fighting is banned in some countries). To use this dog as pet, one should clearly know the temperament and behavior of the Komondor and should socialize them in its early stages to make them usable with other pets.
There is no comparison with the loyalty and devotion of Komondor for its owner. The job of socialization and training is demanding. One should be ready to invest money and time both to get desired level of obedience, in a result, the dog can shed his life for him.
Owner Should Know
The breed is rare; you may face difficulties to find it.
If you have achieved the control on barking through training, then, the Komondor can be placed in apartment life otherwise, outdoor applications are ideal for them.
Owner should be powerful enough to exercise control on Komondor, otherwise, Komondor will dominate. Weak owners should avoid this breed.
The coat need extensive care and should be kept clean and dirt free. To keep color scheme effective, let the Komondor sleep under shed preferably indoor.
Komondor can be developed as watchdog due to its suspicious tendency and sensitivity of smelling, searching and listening.
Komondors are barker and get aggressive to other dogs.
They are serious natured, they keep the owner or flock in sight. They do not follow the owner between the rooms.
Keep them in the fenced yard or leash otherwise they will dominate neighbor’s dog and will extend its territory.
The breed is happy when on job, bored when left work less. Plan activities for them on daily bases.
They can develop bad habits when left alone, although they can survive a long time outdoor, but on any job.
Seek for confirmed and reputed breeder or supplier to get healthy puppies. Never buy from fake pet stores. Ensure the puppies are disease free.