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Is the Komondor right for you?

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The basics:
The Komondor is a large, ancient livestock guardian breed from Hungary notable for its tightly curled, corded coat, a trait it shares with the smaller Puli. Like many other European herding breeds, the Komondor almost became extinct in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when sheepherding was largely replaced by farming. This rare breed is mainly found in Hungary and the United States, where it still serves to guard livestock or property.

Be aware that the Komondor has strong guardian instincts that demand proper socialization and training from a responsible owner. They were developed to watch sheep alone in rugged terrain, where they would need to deter predators like wolves and thieves. Despite its cute "dreadlocked" look, this dog takes its responsibilities seriously, and if not provided with the proper guidance, it will make its own decisions about how to respond to a perceived intrusion on the family's territory. They can't be recommended to the timid or inexperienced.

Appearance / health:
The head is large. The broad skull is slightly arched. The length of the muzzle is shorter than the length of the skull. The top of the wide muzzle is straight and parallel to the top of the skull. The nose is black with wide nostrils. The triangular ears are set low and hang alongside of the head. The almond-shaped eyes are medium-sized and dark brown in color. The neck is muscular and of medium length. The wide chest is deep and powerful. The legs are straight and muscular. The body is moderately long and level. The back and loins are wide. The rump is wide, muscular and slopes slightly to the tail. The tail reaches to the hocks and is carried curved slightly upward.

The Komondor has a matted coat that the owners help form into cords. The cords eventually reach the ground. They are average shedders though substantial shedding occurs during the puppy stage. Bathing and washing is done frequently to keep the coat clean.

Komondors require moderate amounts of exercise. Daily walks are sufficient to keep the dog fit.

Hip dysplasia (abnormal hip formation), bloat, and eye problems are known to occur in Komondors. Ear infections may also occur if the ears are not cleaned regularly.

Behavior / temperament:
Komondors are fiercely territorial by nature. They tend to bark at every strange sound they hear. Capable of fighting wolves, they are natural alert guardians who like to position themselves in a spot where they can supervise their "flock" consisting of their family members. They are generally inactive. However, the presence of a stranger or an intruder is bound to arouse the dog's suspicions. They are naturally suspicious with strangers and can be aggressive at times. They love to be with their owners. Their large sizes make them difficult to control, and hence, they require early training. They are possessive of their own toys and food.

Early socialization with different people, situations, etc. is extremely important for this breed. Komondors are fast learners that respond to praise. Training may be difficult owing to their large sizes and independent minds. However, patient, firm, and consistent training can work wonders with this breed.

Some dogs are noisy though proper socialization may help prevent excessive barking.

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