Komondor

Working Group

Profile of a Komondor dog standing in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 25.5+ in, Males 27.5+ in

Weight

Females 80+ lbs, Males 100+ lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The Komondor is a breed of herding dog that was brought to Hungary by the nomadic Cumans during the 12-13th centuries. The breed's name comes from "Koman-dor", meaning "Cuman dog". The Komondor likely descended from Tibetan and other Asian breeds, as the Cumans' homeland was around the Yellow River. They began to migrate westward during the late 10th century to escape the Mongols, bringing their dogs with them, eventually finding their way to Hungary. The characteristic cords of Komondorok (the plural of "Komondor") were not just for show, but helped protect the dogs against harsh weather and the sharp teeth of predators. It also allowed them to blend in with the flock to catch predators such as wolves and bears by surprise. Today, the Komondor is a rare breed that can be found guarding sheep as well as households.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Komondorok will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆☆

★★★★☆

★★

★☆☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★


Energy Level

★☆☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★★


Prey Drive

★☆☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Intelligent, quick learners who love having a job

Tend to be uneasy around other dogs but can be protective of other pets

Low-key while at home, generally being happy just relaxing and following family members around

Independent thinkers who can be stubborn- need firm, consistent training

Highly protective and suspicious of strangers- won't trust anyone unless caretaker introduces them