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Virtually anyone looking at the Komondor would agree that they are a physically impressive and powerful dog.  Those that know the breed recognize that they are mentally far tougher than their appearance belies.  Developed to have dauntless courage in the face of any predator threatening their charge, the Komondor will silently and boldly attack and ask questions later if at all.  So while the typical Komondor in the US may not be guarding sheep or goats, you can be certain that they take their responsibilities to you and your family very seriously.  This may sound reassuring but it is potentially a hazard in the hands of someone who doesn't know how to raise and guide the dog properly as its naturally suspicious nature could incline it to find friends and family to be threats.  Incredibly devoted, confident and intelligent as well as highly focused when working, the Komondor has a plentitude of qualities that come to bear like treasure in the hands of a knowledgable owner.  The key here is the cognizance of the trainer in the daily guidance and instruction they offer their dog.  Don't assume you can just send this dog off at some point for training.  They are always learning from their home environment.  Mistakes made at home cannot be corrected by a month at an in house training facility.

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General Information
Group(s): WorkingGuardianHerding Height: 26-32 inches
Weight: 88-132 pounds Longevity: low teens
Colors: coat is white, skin is slate gray with dark gray to black pigment Coat type: long and profuse coat that is laboriously groomed to produce cords
Recognized Registries: FCI, AKC, UKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Robust dog of powerful and large build. Most notable is an exceptional coat. In it's length and texture (cords) the breed has a dramatic presence.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: low key except when working
General Nature: powerful, suspicious, intense, focused
  with Children: ONLY with proper socialization, supervision of well behaved children
  with other pets: will be protective of those it is raised around, will be suspicious of unfamiliar animals
  with dogs: variable; generally only good with those it is highly familiar with
Socialization requirements: very high
Ideal home characteristics: One that is not complacent about the intense, silent and powerful dog in their care.
Temperament Notes: Being bold, powerful, distrustful and courageous this is not a dog for the faint of heart
Training requirement: high: socialization, basic manners which must be impeccable, another endeavor will help this dog maintain his edge and trust in his family
Trainer notes: The Komondor is not difficult to train however, there are no shortcuts in their socialization.  The Komondor that still has serious issues with strangers, unfamiliar dogs, strange noises, etc. will have a frustrated trainer as these issues come back to visit their training efforts time and time again.  As a powerful and distrustful dog, it is NOT a possible choice for any method but a very positive one.  If you treat this dog unfairly they will not trust you again (probably not a good situation to be in if you expect to ask them to do something in the future).  The Komondor is also very loyal and devoted to family, so praise and attention are often the most powerful motivators for this dog.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: possibly as early as the 11th century
Country of Origin: Hungary
Original Function: Rural Guardian Dog
History: The preferred dog of the Cumans, a people of Hungary since the Middle Ages.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: short coat anywhere on body,
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, eye problems
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Komondorok?
  • Why do you have Komondorok(show, performance, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of an Komondor?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Komondor?
  • How would you describe the ideal Komondor home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Komondor?
  • How do you assist or help Komondorok in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - Komondor Club of America Rescue

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - FCI Standard of the Komondor - Standard as per the Komondor Club of America

    Breeder Ethics: - Komondor Club of America Code of Ethics, pasted on the page far below the listing of officers and the mission How to Buy a Puppy with some good info on screening a breeder

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