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Komondor

Komodor

A Dog With Dreadlocks

Steadfast, strong, stubborn

Komondorok (plural for Komondor) are independent, watchful, and quiet, large dogs. Often called “Mop Dogs”, they need plenty of socialization to get along with strangers and strange dogs. These protective dogs make excellent guard dogs for their families. They need regular exercise such as a daily walk to keep them happy. 

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

The Komondor in the photo is not yet fully grown.

Breed Details

Height:25-27 in. Weight:70-80 lb Lifespan:10-12 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
1

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Komondorok are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. They are prone to hip dysplasia, so watch their weight to prevent early arthritis.

Grooming: No brushing is needed for their corded coat. Frequent care is required to keep the coat clean and the cords separate and manageable.

Dental: Komondorok generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Komodorok are steady and dependable guardians. With adequate exercise and socialization they make an affectionate and attentive family companion.

Positive Traits:

• Loving and loyal to their owners

• Protective of owners; excellent guard dog

• Even temper and gentle disposition

• Agile, sturdy, and muscular

Negative Traits:

• Overprotective of family and territory if not socialized properly

• Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing

• May be aggressive toward people and dogs

• Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

Whether you are considering adding a new Komondor to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Komondor will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Komondor you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Komondor could encounter:

The Komondor is an ancient dog that originated in Hungary and was bred to guard large herds of sheep and cattle against predators like wolves, bears, and poachers. Affectionately called 'mop dogs', Komondorok are known for their long woolly corded topcoat. The Komondorok are courageous and vigilant; they are fiercely protective of their family and may even be overly territorial. The Komondorok are devoted and loving with their family and is usually calm and quiet indoors.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Komondor shows signs of the following:

• Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

• General reluctance to run or play

• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

• Cloudiness to eye lens

• Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

• Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

• Underbite, drooling, dropping food

• Puppy teeth alongside adult teeth

  • Care

    Routine Care: Komondorok are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. They are prone to hip dysplasia, so watch their weight to prevent early arthritis.

    Grooming: No brushing is needed for their corded coat. Frequent care is required to keep the coat clean and the cords separate and manageable.

    Dental: Komondorok generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Komodorok are steady and dependable guardians. With adequate exercise and socialization they make an affectionate and attentive family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Loving and loyal to their owners

    • Protective of owners; excellent guard dog

    • Even temper and gentle disposition

    • Agile, sturdy, and muscular

    Negative Traits:

    • Overprotective of family and territory if not socialized properly

    • Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing

    • May be aggressive toward people and dogs

    • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Komondor to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Komondor will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Komondor you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Komondor could encounter:

  • History

    The Komondor is an ancient dog that originated in Hungary and was bred to guard large herds of sheep and cattle against predators like wolves, bears, and poachers. Affectionately called 'mop dogs', Komondorok are known for their long woolly corded topcoat. The Komondorok are courageous and vigilant; they are fiercely protective of their family and may even be overly territorial. The Komondorok are devoted and loving with their family and is usually calm and quiet indoors.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Komondor shows signs of the following:

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Underbite, drooling, dropping food

    • Puppy teeth alongside adult teeth

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