Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight: The Komondor

The Komondor truly has a commanding presence. A unique looking, intelligent and fiercely loyal dog, Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight will take a look at what makes this strong-willed and strong-bodied dog tick. With origins in Asia and Eastern Europe, the Komondor is an interesting read!

History & Background: The name Komondor comes from phrase “Koman-dor” meaning “Dog of the Cumans” in the language of the Cumans, a migratory, light skinned and haired people. The Komondor has a common ancestry with Tibetan dogs. The Cuman people were pushed out of Asia around 900 during the Mongol conquest. The Cuman people finally found refuge and settled around 1200 in Hungary.

This large breed was used not as a livestock herder, but a livestock guard dog for large sheep and cattle. Their duty as guard dog to these animals came mostly without human prompting. Komondors were so revered in Cuman culture that their remains have been found in gravesites. These dogs are now a national Hungarian treasure and are being preserved so no sullying or modification happens to this breed. This breed began to spread around the world in the 1920s and started appearing in dog shows. This dog is still a favorite in the show ring and was recognized by the AKC in 1937. Today this dog is known as the “Hungarian Komondor” or “Hungarian Sheepdog.”

Height: Males: 27.5 inches minimum height, 31.5 inches average height; Females: 25.5 inches minimum height, 27.5 inches average height

Weight:  Males average 110–132 lbs, Females average 88–110 lbs

Coat: The most distinctive feature of the Komondor is their coat. Sometimes called the “Mop Dog” the Komondor has a very unique white, corded, dreadlock-like coat that is very dense and protective. The very thick, course coat was used a guard against harsh weather conditions and even predator attacks when the dog was guarding livestock in the fields. Of course, there are some dogs of this breed that still serve as guard dogs and still need this protective functioning coat. As a puppy, this dog’s coat is very soft and curly and as the dog ages, the curls fall into cords. As the dog grows a soft, puppy-like undercoat is still present with the felt-like cords on the outside. This dog does need some grooming to keep the corded coat from becoming one huge matted mess. The Komondor is very similar to the Puli, except for the differences in color.

Color: Unlike the similar Puli breed, the Komondor is always white where as the Puli can be black, gray or white. The Komondor can sometimes appear off-white but this is only a side effect of being out in the elements.

Appearance: The Komondor is a large, robust dog that sports a unique coat.  We’ve already talked about the protective functions of the coat, but the appearance of the Komondor’s coat is a protective function as well. Because this dog was often time the guard for flocks of sheep, the build and white appearance of the dog would also help the dog blend into the flock. The overall build of this breed is imposing: a large head, large rectangular frame, large feet and neck.

Temperament: This dog was originally trained to be an independent guard dog and to make decisions on its own with little to no prompting on how and when to protect the flock it guarded. This dog is fiercely loyal to its owners and family yet gentle and affectionate. That being said, this breed is reserved toward strangers and doesn’t like trespassers. The Komondor isn’t a city dog because throughout the day it needs room to roam. Like any good guard dog, the dog will be calm when surroundings are normal, but defensive when there is trouble.

Komondors have to be socialized early and do not respond well to a strong handed training approach. A more natural approach to training is suggested meaning this dog should be handled a lot by strangers as a puppy, taught to heel from the start and should enter and exit doorways after the “pack leader” of the home.

Health: Komondors are prone to hip dysplasia, bloating and some skin problems. There are obvious grooming needs with this dog, such as the corded coat and thick fur growing between paw pads. This dog usually lives 10-12 years.

Product Suggestions: Since the Komondor is quite large, BBS thinks he might need quite a large treat, so we chose the Giant Elk Antler for this breed! These Elk Antlers are naturally shed in the wilds of Colorado, collected, then shipped to our customers! The best elk antlers you’ll find, these large chews are full of vitamins and minerals for all dogs, including the Komondor. Since this dog is mostly an outdoors breed, we would suggest using Fresh Dog All Natural Dry Shampoo Powder between baths. This dry shampoo powder is 100% Natural and it is a gentle, easy-to-use deodorizing powder.

Do you own or know an Komondor? Tell us your Komondor story in the comments section!

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