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The Komondor (Hungarian plural komondorok) is a large white Hungarian breed of livestock guardian dog with a long, corded coat which has a natural guardian instinct to guard livestock and other property, often referred to as The King of Hungarian Livestock Guardians. The Komondor should have substantial bodies, strongly muscled,  with the tails carried low. The body, seen sideways, forms a prone rectangle. The length of body is slightly longer than the height at the withers. People unfamiliar with the breed are often surprised by how quick and agile the dogs are. The Komondor's appearance is dignified and commands respect.

The puppy coat is soft and fluffy. However, the coat is wavy and tends to curl as the puppy matures. A fully mature coat is formed naturally from the soft undercoat and the coarser outer coat combining to form cords and this process will take around two years. The length of the cords increases with time as the coat grows therefore making it relatively easy to gage the age of a Komondor by the length of the coat. Many Komondors are "late bloomers," not fully mature until nearly three years of age.

 

The Komondor's temperament is like that of most livestock guarding dogs; it is calm and steady when things are normal, but in case of trouble, the dog will fearlessly defend its charges. It was bred to think and act independently and make decisions on his own. He is affectionate with its family, and gentle with the children and friends of the family. Although wary of strangers, they can accept them when it is clear that no harm is meant, but is instinctively very protective of its family, home and possessions.  Due to the independent nature of the Komondor they are generally not suited for first time dog owners.

Komondors are a healthy breed and do not suffer many hereditary problems. Perhaps because the breed has descended from centuries of hardy working stock. Given the proper environment and care, a Komondor is a responsible, loving dog. They are devoted and calm.  It is imperative that a puppy be purchased from a knowledgable breeder that can properly assess temperaments as with any breed, there is quite a range of personalities, so your needs should be outlined clearly to your breeder so that the correct puppy placement is made according to your lifestyle.

For more information you can visit the Komondor Club of America's website at http://clubs.akc.org/kca/

You may also visit two Carolina Working Group member's website at www.meadowviewkomondor.com or www.kevilynskomondorok.com.

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