I have found, as adults, there is a big difference between the males and females. When kept together, the males tend to let the females do the work which I find appropriate as females tend to be more dominant. The males, on the other hand, are larger and more impressive. However, when the female is not around, the male will guard with the same intensity as the female. Males are just a little lazy! Males are a bit more affectionate but both are courageous, proud and ethical and should be treated with the respect they deserve.
While there are exceptions, Komondors do not stray far from home. Even when allowed the freedom to roam, they stay close to their flock. They take the job of "protector" very seriously and instead of chasing the predator down, they simply chase it away so they can stay close to their charges.
A Komondor matures slowly and does not reach adulthood until around three years of age. They have a calm demeanor and prefer to live a calm lifestyle. They are not active as adults and prefer to lay under a shade tree where he can keep his eye on all that he claims as his.
At first glance, the Komondor's most unique feature is his corded coat. In my opinion there is nothing more beautiful than the majestic Komondor in a fully corded coat. However, keeping the Komondor "in coat" can present many challenges. Considering each cord is like a sponge, drying the coat will take hours and hours. Without intervention, the coat left wet, over a period of time, can mildew and weaken the integrity of the cord. The weaken cord will eventually turn a pink color and break off, not to mention create a skin allergy. It is not uncommon to see a Komondor's coat cut back, especially those working that are exposed to outside elements. Also, the weight of the coat can be very cumbersome to an aging Komondor.
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The Komondor is one of five Livestock Guardian breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. Although admitted into the AKC in 1937, the Komondor consistently ranks near the bottom in new registrations. There is very little acurate information on the Komondor and much that is found on the internet is written by those who found their information on the internet.
Today, the Komondor is one of the few breeds of dogs that still can be found doing was he was originally bred to do....to guard livestock!
Whether acquiring a Komondor for a pet, show or working, the Breeder should always attempt to breed with the Komondor Breed Standard in mind. The Komondor Breed Standard is written by the National Breed Club, The Komondor Club of America, to describe the perfect Komondor and submitted to the American Kennel Club.
Komondors make wonderful family pets but do require extreme socialization as youngsters. As they are naturally wary of strangers they must be socialized to visitors to your home as well as strangers outside the home. Owners with young children must always monitor the interaction between the Komondor puppy and the child. Once mature, they are gentle with children but discretion is advised when friends of your child come to visit.
Komondor puppies can be very destructive and should not be left to their own devices. Crate training is strongly recommended for the puppy's safety when you are away as well as housebreaking. More about this can be found on my Training page.
You should select a breeder that "home raises" his/her pups. Studies show the first 12 weeks of a puppy's life sets the foundation or is the blueprint of the remainder of the dog's life. Many problems occur when a pet puppy is purchased from a Livestock Guardian breeder. Those puppies have likely never been inside a home. Most Livestock Guardian breeders are breeding strictly for a guardian temperament and early socialization to people is nonexistent. Trying to contain a 10 week old puppy that has had the freedom to run in the fields is not only cruel but can cause anxiety issues in the Komondor.
You should also select a breeder that has experience with the breed. Many breeders advertising on the internet purchased two dogs and had a litter. You should inquire as to their experience with the breed as many times the information they provide on their websites is not only inaccurate but laughable.....until you have a problem. A breeder must be able to select a puppy whose temperament is a good fit with your lifestyle. This only can be achieved through experience.
Points to consider:
- Barking dog. If you live in a suburban environment will your neighbors complain about a barking dog? Komondors alert to strange noises by barking
- Containment. A sturdy fence must be erected to keep your Komondor within his boundaries. A dog confined to the front of your home may terrify walkers, joggers or anyone else that passes the front of your home.
- Grooming. This is not a wash and wear dog. Grooming a corded Komondor can take hours unless you are prepared to keep the coat cut.
- An adult Komondor does not require a lot of room due to his laid back nature but a puppy needs stimulation or anxiety behaviors can develop.
As all Show Komondorok are also pets, the same pet considerations should be taken. However, if you are interested in showing, arrangements should be made to attend a show where Komondors are entered. You will find that most owners who show their Komondors are very willing to assist those new to the show world. It is also good to establish a relationship with a breeder with whom you are comfortable. All Breeders listed on the Komondor Club of America and/or Middle Atlantic States Komondor Club can assist in the selection of a breeder that may be planning a litter or expecting puppies or be able to advise where an entry of Komondorok will be showing.
It is advised to stay away from those breeders that advertise Show/Pet/Working who have never shown. It is difficult enough to evaluate a young puppy as show potential but an impossibility without ever having shown.
Points to consider: (in addition to the above)
- Travel. Komondors are still rare and many times overnight travel is required to find competition.
- Time. In addition to socialization, much time must be spent preparing your youngster for the ring. Your breeder will be able to assist you in the preparations but in the end, it is you that must show train your Komondor.
- Co-ownership. Most breeders will not place an intact Komondor puppy with someone they have not known for a while.
- Patience. It is unlikely you will be able to find a puppy immediately so be prepared to wait. However, due to the declining numbers of owners showing their Komondorok most breeders are delighted to assist someone new.
Komondors make wonderful guardians. Their work ethic is second to none as they are not likely to wander off from their charges and are always on duty. I have heard some say that puppies whelped and raised in the home will not be effective guardians. This is just not true. You cannot take the guard out of a Komondor.
Many non-livestock guardian breeders are hesitant to place Guardian puppies as most breeders are willing to take back any puppy they bred. Many puppies that have been placed as guardians are not good candidates to be later re-homed as an adult into a pet home should the situation arise. The lack of people socialization and dominant nature required of a Guardian prevents placement in most pet homes.
However, there are several reputable breeders through-out the United States willing to assist those looking for Guardian. The Komondor Club of America and The Middle Atlantic States Komondor Club maintains a list of those willing to assist and place puppies for predator control.
The same care and thought should be given to the Working Komondor as given to the Pet or Show Komondor.
The versatility of a Komondor
An excellent video sent to me from a Komondor breeder in Hungary
posted with permission
Some owners prefer the clipped look as evidenced in the picture to the right. This pair of Komondors resides in Florida.
This picture also illustrates the size difference between the males and females. On the left is five year old Kevilyn's Dragon Singer, a female. To the right is twelve month old Kevilyn's Enigma, a male puppy.