The Komondor Dog, Corded and Independent Why This Breed May Not Be A Great Choice for a Family Pet

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Giant Breed Hip Dysplasia Komondor

Is The Komondor Right For You?

  • 1 The Komondor dog is well known for their distinctive mop-like coat and guardian tendencies.
  • 2 They are instinctively protective of their families, homes, and possessions
  • 3 As a result, they are not well suited for city or apartment life.
  • 4 Care must be taken in managing the Komodor's coat to avoid it becoming tangled and matted.


With a name that translates to โ€œdog of Cumans,โ€ the Komondor is thought to have been brought to Hungary by this nomadic group of Turks, who were seeking refuge from the ever expanding Mongol nation. Used extensively in the guarding of livestock, this breed has been referenced as early as the 16th century, but didnโ€™t gain global popularity until the 1920s. They were recognized by the AKC in 1937.

Quick Facts

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    Extra Large

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    Between 10 to 12 years

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    Hair Length


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    Male Height

    20 inches - 25+ inches

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    Male Weight

    Up to 125 pounds

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    Female Height

    19 inches - 22+ inches

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    Female Weight

    Up to 120

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    Litter Size

    Up to 3 pups


Komondors are at their best when they are working. They are not much for family life, tending to be overprotective of places or people they think they are in charge of guarding, as well as aggressive and territorial. They are very independent dogs that tend to be very confident in their ability, and are serious about their job. If they are left without a job to do, they will make one up, as they get bored quickly. If they are going to be a family dog, they need to be socialized very early on, and even still, there is no guarantee that they wonโ€™t still exhibit many of their natural tendencies. .


The Komondor can be white, pure white, or cream.

Health Concerns

Common health problems in Komondors are:


The Komondor is a gigantic breed that is most easily spotted by their thick, dreadlock-type hair. They are very strong, being such dedicated workers, with a large head. Their eyes and ears are almost always completely obscured by their long, thick, corded coat. Their nose is the only speck of black on their otherwise pristine white or cream colored coat.

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