The Komondor dog breed comes from Hungary. In their native country, written references to these pets first appeared in the 16th century, but this does not mean that they arose at that time. In fact, people used the Komondor long before this dog got into manuscripts, they simply could not write about it themselves – at that time, almost all were illiterate. And – in Hungary. In the 15-16 century.
In these places at this time, even the so-called “know” was far from always really able to write, even if she could somehow read the letter. Well, people in the countryside, who mainly used the Komondor, did not even distinguish the letters. Komondor performed the functions of protecting households and livestock, acting as shepherd and guard dogs.
In appearance, this breed partly resembles sheep, having the same long and curly hair, so dogs could be in the herd quite quietly – a special advantage when fighting wolves. Actually, in this capacity the Komondor is also used by modern residents of Hungary. The breed existed for many centuries, serving people in the countryside as a shepherd, guard and simply universal dog, until World War II came.
This event played a huge role for Europe, because of which the breed was on the verge of extinction. In rural areas, people were dying of hunger, many were taken into the army. Nobody cared about dogs, like about other animals, and when people began to starve, they did not disdain any meat.
The Komondor breed population in its homeland has not recovered since then, although now the breed is not considered to be endangered. The American Club of Dog Breeders recognized this breed in 1937, but there were practically no Komondors outside of Hungary until 1962. A small population in the United States helped these dogs not disappear completely after World War II.
These are large dogs weighing about 40 kg. The physique is large, the limbs of medium length, although due to the coat it seems that they are shorter than they actually are. The head is round, the ears are folded, the tail is short, the coat is long, white.
Komondor is a born guard and watchman. This breed really feels its inner calling in observing and protecting the people and animals entrusted to it. And he takes this with great responsibility. Sometimes it can go so far that the dog will sit and watch his family, or how you lace up your shoes, getting ready for work in the morning.
Moreover, such an observation may well be repeated, and just be a part of your daily life. These dogs have a wonderful memory, and if a relative comes to visit you for a week, the dog will immediately remember him and will look after him in the same way. Vigilantly and responsibly. In fact, such close attention is not for everyone. These animals love their family completely, they are extremely devoted to their beloved people and do not hesitate to defend them. From here comes an incredulous and sometimes hostile attitude towards strangers.
This breed has a high level of energy and needs long walks, although Komondors may well live in a city apartment. The main thing is to provide the desired level of activity, not to let the dog accumulate excess weight and provide energy output. But the best place for her is a private house with a yard, because the Komondor ideally performs the functions of a watchman (but he must sleep inside the house if you want to keep the coat in good condition). He is suspicious and always alert. Long, thick wool is not the best option for upholstered furniture, but it perfectly protects from the cold. But these dogs do not perceive heat very well.
The Komondor breed is smart and observant animals, they can learn a lot of teams, but they need confident leadership, because, perhaps, the novice owner may not be suitable as the first dog. Moreover, developed intelligence and internal independence is noticeable even at an early age. It should be noted that the Komondor breed matures for quite some time – full maturation occurs around the age of three years.
Other dogs on the street are often treated unfriendly, and sometimes even aggressively, so during a walk it is better to use a leash if there are other dogs nearby. Children are perceived normally, but have a limit of patience because the child must be trained in how to handle the dog.
The breed needs socialization which will help them harmonize their character. In addition, a developed intellect and a genetic tendency to interact with animals in the herd, to protect them and to observe them, needs stimulation. Therefore, training and games for attention and quick wits will help the dog realize itself. The breed commander can learn a lot of teams, but the basic ones must be learned first.
In addition, it is a good idea to teach the dog to shut up on command, as they are predisposed to bark at any suspicious sounds. In training, you need to be consistent, patient, wise and kind host.