Komondor

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The Komondor is a breed of dog. The Komondors are cord-coated dogs. They come from Hungary.[1] They are livestock guard dogs and should not be confused with herd dogs. They stay with the animals they guard as a member of their flock. Komondors need a job to do or a property to guard.

They should not be kept in apartments. They need space, a large garden or a home in the countryside.[2] They are not lap dogs but working dogs. They may think of their family as their herd to take care of.[3] The Komondors are 50–60 kilograms (110–132 lb) and must be at least 70 centimetres (28 in)high. But they can be much bigger; this is the minimum height. They live 12-14 years; which is a long life for a big dog.[4]

Behavior[change | change source]

Komondors are calm, intelligent and independent.[3] They do not always need a human to tell them what to do. This trait can make them more difficult to train. They are loyal and will often follow family members around the house.[3] A Komondor is a large territorial dog.[3] To protect a herd or family is instinctive to this breed. Komondors can be aggressive with people they meet, if they do not learn how to be friendly and social with people and other pets.[5] This ability to be friendly must be taught while they are puppies.[5] Komondors are generally quiet dogs. They do not bark without a good reason. Giving a glaring stare can be a warning to intruders to leave, or the Komondor will attack.[6]

Komondor dogs should be trained to listen to owners and caregivers. Otherwise they will just go on doing things their own way. This is because that is what they learned to do for hundreds of years. The Komondors were often left alone to take care of the herd. The Komondors learned to make decisions and not wait for directions to tell them what to do if a wolf or bear was coming.[7]

Komondors as pets[change | change source]

Painting of a herd and a Komondor guarding it from 1903

The Komondor is usually silent and sleeping during the day. But when the night comes the Komondor starts moving around. The Komondor will walk up and down all over the area he is supposed to guard.[7] The dog will take care of any thief, burglar or bad people who want to make trouble. The Komondor often knows how to tell a friendly person from a burglar. The Komondor just knows and feels if somebody will come with a bad intention.

References[change | change source]

  1. Arthur R. Sorkin (1998). "The Early History of the Komondor". Arthur R. Sorkin. http://komondor.org/html/history.html. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  2. Honest advice about dogs -Komondor
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Richard Heaney; Therese Heaney (1995). "Komondors". Komondor Club of America. http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/breeds/komondors.html. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  4. Hungarian Standard with a lot of good pictures
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mordecai Siegal; Matthew Margolis, Good Dog, Bad Dog, New and Revised: Dog Training Made Easy (New York: Holt, 1991), pp. 294–95
  6. Marilyn Singer, A Dog's Gotta Do What a Dog's Gotta Do: Dogs at Work (New York: H. Holt, 2000), p. 22
  7. 7.0 7.1 David Alderton; Helena Stedman, Att välja hund: hitta rätt hund för just dig (Göteborg (Sweden): Tukan, 2011), p. 156, ISBN 978-91-7401-2460