Breed overview the Komondor

by Amy Cooper

Are you considering getting a Komondor? Or are you just interested in the breed? Well this is the perfect place to start! This post is a short summary of the Komondor breed characteristics from their size to how much exercise they need.

Breed overview

Komondors are a large, powerful breed in the pastoral group meaning they were bred for herding. They have a white corded coat, which is their defining feature and earnt them the nickname mop dog. This coat means that they need quite a lot of grooming but don’t really shed. They stand at 25 to 28 inches to the shoulder so are classed as a large breed and have a lifespan of under 10 years.


As I mentioned above Komondors need quite a lot of grooming. Their cords can become matted to each other so it’s important to separate their cords and spray with a hydrating spray regularly to prevent matting. When it comes to bathing a Komondor make sure you have an entire day free because it is a long process! Once again you will have to separate the cords then squeeze the shampoo through each cord and rinse LOTS! Once this is all done it can take up to 24hours for their coat to completely dry. Obviously, Komondors will also need their nails trimmed and teeth cleaned regularly exactly the same as all other dogs. 


Because Komondors are working dogs they need a reasonable amount of exercise. Up to 1 hour a day. But they also need mental stimulation on top of physical exercise to tire them out. This mental stimulation can be done by training or using puzzle toys.


As with most large breeds Komondors are at a higher risk of hip dysplasia. However, GDV (bloat) and entropion (when the eyelid rolls inwards making the eyelashes irritate the eye) are also common in Komondors. But they are generally a healthy breed. To minimise the chances of these problems all good breeders have both parents genetically tested and screened for all of the common problems mentioned above. This means that when you buy a puppy you know it’s got a much smaller chance of developing these problems when its older. 


Komondors take a long time to mature so before getting one make sure you are prepared to be living with a very large puppy until they are around three. They are a very intelligent breed however they are also independent which can make training more difficult. Unfortunately, due to their protective nature they can be aggressive to other dogs and strangers so through early socialisation is essential!

So, overall Komondors can make great dogs! But they do need owners with plenty of experience that can give them the training, socialisation and exercise they need. With a good upbringing Komondors are calm, devoted and protective dogs but are not aggressive. 

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