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Komondor

Personality:Dignified, brave, protective, steadfastly loyal

Coat & Grooming:The cords are naturally occurring but require plenty of maintenance

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; A Kom without a big, fenced-in area to patrol will need two or three good walks daily

Originally: Hungary

Nicknames: Kom

Size: Large

Meet the Komondor

​Our Hungarian-language tip of the day: The plural of Komondor is Komondorok. Now, let’s take a look at the dog. What we see is a large and powerful guardian covered in profuse white cords. A big male can stand more than 27.5 inches and weigh over 100 pounds, with heavy bone, a deep chest, and lots of muscle. Despite their brawn Komondorok are agile and light-footed, and move with long strides. With their unique look, it’s impossible to mistake Koms for anything else.

What's Their Story?

​For many centuries the Komondor has been the king of Hungarian flock dogs. Koms guard sheep at pasture. They’re confident and tough enough to run off wolves and other ferocious beasts of prey. The dreadlocks give the dog a cool, funky look, but they aren’t for show. They provide protection from extreme weather and sharp-toothed predators. The cords also let Koms blend in with the sheep, giving them the element of surprise.

What are they Like?

​Komondorok are serious dogs bred to do serious work. They are smart and vigilant guardians of their flock, whether sheep or their human family. With those who earn their respect, Koms are gently affectionate. But the independence, protectiveness, and strong will that enable Koms to stare down a hungry wolf can make them too much dog for the novice owner. They do best with experienced owners who can devote ample time to the training, socialization, and unique grooming these majestic workers require.

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