Komondor or in plural: Komondorok are titled The King of Dogs not only with their large-sized, and keen instinct of protection but with its brave ancient history.
Let’s talk about in detail how these mighty dogs deserved the title to be The Kings of Dogs.
Heritage of Excellent Guard Working Dogs
Hundreds of years ago, the traditional methods of dealing with predators such as wolves and coyotes were shooting, trapping, using poison or electric fences, but these methods seem to work only temporarily because the number of predators surrounding the area is impossible to eliminate.
All thanks to Komordors, they guarded and protected the flock of sheep so sheep raisers don’t need to worry about their sheeps being devastatingly slaughtered by predators.
The element of Surprise
Komondors have a massive white corded coat that makes them go among sheep, which helps them go unnoticed by the predators. So when wolves or coyotes approach they leap and scare them, giving them an element of surprise.
The keen instinct for protection
Komondorok love their human so much that they want to take charges and keep their human insight, often following them from room to room.
Considering the Komondor’s heritage, they were trained to make their own decision for the benefit of the flock. Because of this, they became very helpful in many households today.
Largest Hungarian Breed
The Komondorok are large dogs that weigh up to 70-80 lbs for females and 80-100 lbs for males. Adult males can stand up to 27.5 inches and females up to 25.5 tall. They are also in fact can reach up to 30 inches tall or more but that is rare.
Loves To Be Around Their Human “Flock”
They are loving dogs that are happy laying down near their family keeping them insight.
Coats Aren’t For Show
Their dense, corded mop-like coat may standout from the crowd and looks unusual, it served a very important purpose. Not only helps them blend among flocks but also protects them from bites of predators hence making the predators’ bites useless.
Born with White, Fluffy and Shaggy Coat
When Komondor puppies are born they weren’t born with dreads. Just like any other dogs, they were cute innocent puppy with a white fluffy coat and you may enjoy this until they reach 8-12 months of age.
Their job in the early days was to scare and drive away predators when they reach the barn, their bark and braveness was the very foundation of their successful mark of territory.
Devoted Human Companion
Komondorok will defend and protect their family and property with their life.
Going back hundreds of years ago, they simply live with the flock 24 hours a day, move when the flock moves, lay down when the flocks lay down, and drive predators away when they approach as their duty.
Big Dog, Big Personality
Underneath that massive, long, corded coat is a loyal, brave, powerful working dog.
Komorodorok are indeed territorial. Hence, dog owners must build high fences to set limitations.
When they become adults, they become calm and inactive.
Komondorok love to lay down and stare at their owner as they go about their day.
Komondor’s may be doubtful at first. but once they get to accept you and respect you, they can be the most loving dog you can ever have.
May Attack Someone They Perceive as Threat
And this can lead to a lawsuit, and you can call that “disaster”. Komondorok are very suspicious dog, so if you are not careful they may attack you. This can be avoided though, dog owners have to put them in proper trainings and start them socializing at a young age.
They Don’t Get Along with Other Dogs
No matter how hard you try, they just don’t get along with other dogs. However, if they are properly trained and used to interactions, they may be friends with others. They will have excellent relations with cats and live stocks!
Aren’t Suited for Apartment Life
Komondorok need a big spacious area to rest and lay down.
Easily Gets Bored
Because Komondorok are smart, they get bored easily when techniques are repetitive and will ignore your commands.
Their Coats Provide Protection From Extreme Weather.
Their coat act as an insulator and a cooling mechanism.
Aren’t High Energy
They are already happy when they can keep their owner insight.
They are loyal, and will always be there to protect and guard their family!
Suited for Larger Home Guardian
Komondor are large dogs that are fitted in large homes. They need a large area to rest and run around to keep themselves healthy. Komondorok are big dogs that need physical exercise at least a short walk every day.
Loves Mental Excercise
Komondor enjoying the beautiful sunset and the snow!
They like being challenged and they would be happy to have a trainer who engages with their mind.
Their Cords Don’t Need Brushing
Though they don’t need brushing, Komodorok’s coat is not maintenance-free. When the cords begin to form it needs to be separated regularly to prevent matting and to remove dirt.
Challenge in Keeping Them Clean
Bathing and drying a Komondor is an all-day job. Trimming around its mouth is also suggested to help them eat it properly.
Komondorok will always be ready and willing to rise to the challenge of defending home and family.
Little Exercise Needed
These dogs typically remain stationary in a guarding position which by the in a laying position. Though inactive, they should be taken to walk daily to keep them healthy.
Not Everyone Can Earn The Respect of Komondorok
These dogs have a big personality, so they need owners who si confident and can provide leadership. They aren’t a good choice for someone timid and a first-time dog owner.
Intimidating to an Inexperienced Dog owner
Because of Komondorok’s strong personality plus its large size, they are most likely a bad match to an inexperienced owner, but with the right person, they can be the most loyal dog to ever exist.
Aggressive to Other Dogs
When Komondorok are taken for walks, you must be watchful as they may attack your neighboring dogs. especially if they see them as a threat.
But they are not totally harmful or dangerous as they only mean the absolute best for their owners. It is important to expose them early to different people and dogs in their early puppyhood.
Easy to Train
When young, they are very easy to train as they are naturally intelligent and independent dogs, but not until they grow up and become a stubborn dog who decides for themselves.
Decides for Themselves
Traning is fun and all but not until they realize you were repeatedly doing the same tricks! They will choose which commands are worth obeying or not. So make sure you have a list of all the training session ideas ready.
Good Companions to Children
They are good with family children but because of their territorial trait, they may take time to accept visiting children. But when they finally accept and become familiar, they will treat them like family.
It is still important to not leave completely your children to the dog, after all, Komondorok are livestock guardians, not babysitters.
Not Easy to Introduce a New Member
Because they are very territorial and suspects everything out of their protective nature, it is a pain to introduce a newcomer permitted to go to your home. but once they cool down and accept them, this dog will be happy to add them as members of the flock.
Big Size / Small Eater
These dogs may be big in size but they are a small eater and sometimes skips meals if not hungry!
Many say that it is part of their traditional job during the ancient days that they would share what the shepherd’s eating.
Quick and Agile
Though big in size, Komondor is quick to respond and won’t hesitate to knock down a potential predator.
Their coat only shed once a year and during this time, the cords must be manually separated. It is such a simple process that it would only take a few hours of work each year.
Challenge in Obedience Class
The dog owner must train its komondor in their early puppyhood to abide and follow orders to avoid future behavioral problems as this breed has a mind of its own they should know how to treat and behave when strangers visit their house.
Komondor is a dog that most people have never seen!