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Breed Spotlight: Komondor

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2 years ago

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Dog Breed Group: Working group

Weight: 100 lbs (male); 80 lbs (female)

Height: 25-27 inches tall


Trainability: 5

The Komondor is an independent thinker and can be stubborn at times. Early socialization and training classes can be helpful for this breed.

Shedding Friendliness: 9

The Komondor has a beautiful corded coat which results in little shedding.

Ease of Grooming: 6

The cords of the Komondor’s coat do require special care. The dogs are never brushed but their coat must be washed regularly.

Health: 10

Like other large breeds, The Komondor is prone to hip dysplasia and bloat. The Komondor Club of America recommends those interested in breeding their Komondor be certified by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals to reduce these traits.

Exercise Needs: 6

The Komondor isn’t overly energetic but he isn’t a couch potato. Sufficient exercise is necessary to maintain their physical and mental health. Between 30-60 minutes per day of free-running time is necessary.

Dog parks are not recommended for the Komondor as they have high guarding instinct which may result in the inability to get along well with dogs outside their household.

Good with Children: 9

The Komondor is a loving family dog who enjoys the company of all people in his or her household including young children and other family pets.

Barking Restraint: 5

The Komondor is a strong guardian of his or her family. Although they don’t generally bark for no reason, their bark is loud which may present a problem if you have close neighbors.



The Komondor was bred to protect sheep herds for farmers which results in his fiercely protective personality. In today’s households, he is a devoted, loving companion willing to guard his family in dangerous situations.

This breed is extremely intelligent and requires a family willing to go the extra mile to ensure he is aware of who is ‘in charge.’


Grooming: To maintain a beautiful corded coat, Komondor dogs must be washed on a regular basis. When the coat begins to clump up (usually every 7-9 months), the clumps must be split. If not washed on a regular basis, the corded coat could become extremely dirty and/or smelly. Ensuring the coat is dry with no residual shampoo will ensure your dog smells fresh.


Bloat- Bloat is most commonly seen in large, deep-chested dogs. Bloat is a life-threatening condition which needs to be examined by a veterinarian immediately. Bloat may occur if your dog eats too quickly or drinks large amounts of water at a time.

Hip Dysplasia (as found in many large breeds)

Entropion- A deformity of the eyelid

Top 10 Most Common Health Issues for Komondors

  1. Hip dysplasia
  2. Entropion
  3. Juvenile Cataracts
  4. Bloat
  5. Obesity
  6. Dermatitis- inflammation of the skin
  7. Osteoarthritis- a degenerative joint disease
  8. Hypothyroidism
  9. Elbow dysplasia
  10. Dental abnormalities

Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

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