Komondor

The Komondor is a large, muscular dog breed originating in Hungary. It is noted for its distinctive long, curly coat that resembles a mass of hair. It is a protective and courageous dog with great loyalty to its family.

General details

Males measure between 70 and 80 centimeters in height at the withers and females between 65 and 75 centimeters. In terms of weight, males usually weigh between 50 and 60 kilos, while females weigh between 40 and 50 kilos. The average life expectancy of the Komondor is around 10 years. The Komondor is classified in Group 1 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes Shepherd Dogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).

Breed history in brief

The Komondor is a breed of dog that originated in Hungary, where it has been used as a herd guardian dog and protector of property and family for centuries. The Komondor's history dates back to the Middle Ages, although its origin is believed to lie in the Tibetan shepherd dogs that were brought to Hungary by Magyar nomads. For centuries, Komondor were bred in Hungarian territories to protect flocks of sheep and cattle against predators. Because of their size, strength and bravery, they were able to face wolves and other wild animals that threatened the safety of the flock. Today, the Komondor is mainly used as a companion and guard dog.

Breed characteristics

The Komondor is characterized as a large, strong dog, with a large, broad head and a powerful jaw. They also have floppy ears and dark, expressive eyes. The Komondor's coat is long, curly and white in color, although with time and exposure to sunlight, it can become more yellowish or grayish. This coat is also a characteristic that makes this dog breed unique, and requires special care, including brushing and parting of the coat to prevent knots from forming and to maintain its distinctive appearance. This breed is characterized by its loyalty and courage, making it an excellent guard dog for property and family. It is a distrustful dog by nature, vigilant and alert, considers its area of dominion as its own and does not allow the presence of strangers.

Common health problems

Among the diseases that most frequently affect this breed are orthopedic diseases such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, volvulo-gastric dilatation, hypothyroidism and Addison's disease.

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