Komondor Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Komondor so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginHungary flagHungary
Other Names
What other names does the Komondor have?
Hungarian KomondorHungarian SheepdogMop Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred Nowadays the Komondor and Great Pyrenees mix puppies are getting more popular.

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Komondor Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Komondor puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Komondor in the United States? How much money is a Komondor?

Where to buy a Komondor with a good pedigree?

$800-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Komondor, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Komondor for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Komondor gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Komondor? How many Komondor are there in the world?
Frequent: The Komondor is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Komondor Size

Size
Is a Komondor small, medium or large dog?

How big do Komondor get?

What is the average size of a Komondor?

Large
Weight
How much does the Komondor weigh? How much should a Komondor weight? What is the normal weight of a Komondor? How much does a full-grown Komondor weight?
125 pounds (59 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Komondor?
125 pounds (59 kg)
Height
How tall is the Komondor? Komondor height:
25.5 inches (65 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Komondor?
25.5 inches (65 cm)

Komondor Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Komondor have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ThickCoarser TopcoatFiner UndercoatShaggyDenseWavyCordedThe Komondor's extraordinary outer coat catches every eye. It looks similar to the outer coat of Puli and Bergamasco.
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Komondor coats?
White Ivory
Grooming
How to groom the Komondor and how often? How often should I take my Komondor to the groomer?
Advanced: The Komondor requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Komondor a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Komondor, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Komondor dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Hungarian Komondor? Do Komondor dogs shed a lot?
Komondor dogs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Komondor dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Komondor need a bath? How often should you give a Komondor a bath? Can I bathe my Komondor every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Komondor Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Komondor have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateFearlessIndependentCalmGentleSteady
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Komondor? Is the Komondor breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Komondor obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Komondor ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Komondor dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Komondor?
Komondor dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Komondors, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Komondor sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Komondor dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Komondor a good family dog?
Average: Komondor dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Hungarian Komondor need? Komondor social needs:
Komondor dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Komondor dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Hungarian Komondor bark?
Average to High: The Komondor is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Komondor good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Komondor dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Komondor dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Komondor dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Komondor dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Komondor can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Komondor will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Komondor bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Hungarian Komondor? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Komondor? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Komondor has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Komondor has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Komondor? How much bite force does a Komondor have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Komondor bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Komondor, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Komondor do?
Komondor dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Komondor dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Komondor to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Komondor roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Komondor is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Komondor have high prey drive?
Komondor dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Komondor good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Komondor in an apartment?
It is not recommended to keep the Komondor breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Komondor indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Komondor dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Komondor be left alone? How long can you leave a Komondor alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Komondor Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Komondor temperament with other people:
Komondor dogs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Komondor dogs get along with other pets? Are Komondor dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Komondors are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Komondor dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Komondor temperament with children:
Komondor dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Komondor dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Komondor breed live with a cat?
Komondor dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Komondor good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Komondor dogs get along with other dogs?
Komondor dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Komondor is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Komondor breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Komondor breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Komondors are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Komondor dogs good office canines? Do Komondor dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
No
Komondor is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Komondor dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Hungarian Komondor temperament with senior people? Are Komondor dogs good for elderly owners?
Komondors are usually recommended for elderly people.

Komondor Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Komondor dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Komondor is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Komondors prone to certain health issues like hip dysplasia and gastric torsion.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Komondor breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Komondor see the vet?
Average
The Komondor should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Komondor dogs live? How old can a Komondor be? What is the age limit of the Komondor? How many years can the oldest Komondor live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Komondor?

How long is the lifespan of a Komondor?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Komondor: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Komondor breed hypoallergenic?
No
Komondor dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Komondor have? What is the activity level of the Komondor?
Komondor dogs have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Komondor need? How much exercise do Komondor dogs require per day?

Do Komondor dogs need a lot of exercises?

Komondor dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Komondor breed need?
Komondor dogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Komondor need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Komondor breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Komondor? How much food should I feed my Komondor?
6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Komondor risk for obesity:
Average: The Komondor has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Komondor weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Komondor can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Komondor has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Komondor drool?
The Komondor is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Komondor could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Komondor.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Komondor As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Komondor be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Komondor is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Komondor be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Komondor be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Komondor is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Komondor be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Komondor is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Komondor be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Komondor is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Komondor be a boat dog?

Not really

Komondor breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Komondor be a drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Komondor breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Komondor dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Komondor Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Komondor pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Komondor breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Komondor: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Komondor have in a litter? How many puppies can the Komondor breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Komondor have? How many puppies can a Komondor give birth to?
3-10 puppiesIf you want to contact a reputed breeder, here are our suggestions: Kulcsi Komisz Komondor Kennel, Hevesi Portamkincse Komondor Kennel If you wanna know more about Komondor dog breed information, check out the Hungarian Komondor Club website.

Komondor Recognition

AKC Group
Is Komondor recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1937 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Komondor recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.

Komondor Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Komondor dogs are easy to train.
  • Shedding Level: Komondor dogs shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Komondor is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Komondor dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Komondor dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Komondor dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Komondors are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Komondors are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Komondor dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Komondor breed in the home.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Komondor requires a lot of grooming.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Komondor is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Dog Friendly: Komondor dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Komondor is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Komondor History

During World War II, the Komondor population suffered as much losses as the Kuvasz. After that, the direction of breeding changed: while earlier the emphasis was on the preservation of ancient values, later the aesthetic appearance became important. The outer coat became more ribbon-like, corded, the cream-colored shade disappeared, and the Komondors became larger. With that, the ancient good qualities of the breed, courage, loyalty, and dignity didn't disappear.

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